USS Kentucky SSBN-737 Submarine Model
Sail again with the crew of the USS Kentucky SSBN-737 in this handcrafted wooden submarine model. Each piece is carved from wood and handpainted to provide a piece you’ll love. 20 inch
On 19 March 1998 south of Long Island, New York, Kentucky collided with the attack submarine USS San Juan (SSN-751) while the two submarines were conducting a joint training drill prior to deployment. One of Kentucky’s stern planes was slightly damaged; San Juan’s forward ballast tank was breached, but San Juan was able to surface and return to port. No personnel suffered any injuries. Kentucky returned to patrol the next day.
In both 2001 and 2002, Kentucky’s Gold Crew won first place in the United States Atlantic Fleet in the Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Award Submarine Afloat Galley competition for outstanding food service.
In 2005, both the Blue and Gold Crews of Kentucky were appointed Kentucky Colonels by Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher.
Kentucky was awarded the Battle Efficiency Award (Battle “E”) for Submarine Squadron 17 for 2006 and 2009.
Kentucky’s Gold Crew was awarded a Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Award Honorable Mention for food service in 2007.
Kentucky’s Blue and Gold Crews were awarded the Omaha Trophy for service as the best ballistic missile submarine in 2009
On 12 October 2011, Kentucky had its periscope above water, but was hidden below the surface when it turned onto a new course that was blocked by the Totem Ocean ship Midnight Sun. Kentucky came into close contact of about 800 meters with the freighter near British Columbia at the Juan de Fuca Strait.
The ship has been featured in both the History Channel’s Modern Marvels “Mega Meals” episode in 2010 and in the Smithsonian Channel’s Mighty Ships in 2011.
In January 2012 the Kentucky entered its Engineering Refueling Overhaul (ERO) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
On 7 November 2015, an unarmed missile launched from Kentucky during a test caused buzz on social media as it was mistaken for a UFO or meteor. The launch was also widely reported by the Southern Californian broadcast media.
On 13 March 2016, following completion of its ERO, the Kentucky deployed for the boat’s first strategic deterrent mission since 2011.