USS Rhode Island SSBN-740 Submarine Model (Black Hull)
Sail again with the crew of the USS Rhode Island SSBN-740 in this handcrafted wooden submarine model. Each piece is carved from wood and handpainted to provide a piece you’ll love. 20 inch
On 11 August 2009, Rhode Island rescued five Bahamian fishermen whose boat had capsized on 7 August 2009. Rhode Island’s medical staff tended to the four men and one boy before transferring them to a ship which took them to shore for further treatment.
In 2010 Rhode Island was awarded the Battle “E” for Squadron 20. In 2011 Rhode Island was awarded the Omaha Trophy in recognition for superior performance and setting fleet standards in the field of strategic deterrence.
As of December 2015, “Rhode Island” was in Norfolk Naval Shipyard undergoing an Engineered Refueling Overhaul, in which her reactor will be refueled and numerous other systems will be modernized.
Originally, another Ohio-class submarine, SSBN-730, was to have been named Rhode Island; a contract was awarded in 1977 for SSBN-730’s construction and her keel was laid in 1981 with the Rhode Island name planned for the completed submarine. However, shortly after the sudden death of United States Senator Henry M. Jackson of Washington, SSBN-730 was renamed Henry M. Jackson while still under construction. The Rhode Island name was transferred to SSBN-740, for which a construction contract had not yet been awarded.
The contract to build Rhode Island (SSBN-740) was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut, on 5 January 1988 and her keel was laid down there on 15 September 1988. She was launched on 17 July 1993, sponsored by Mrs. Kati Machtley, and commissioned on 9 July 1994, with Captain John K. Eldridge commanding the Blue Crew and Commander Michael Maxfield commanding the Gold Crew.