USS OHIO (SSBN 726), the first TRIDENT submarine, has completed her second patrol and USS MICHIGAN (SSBN 727) has arrived on the West Coast for an availability at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard before beginning her patrol cycle. MICHIGAN transited the Panama Canal on 1 March 83 USS FLORIDA (SSBN 728) has started her sea trials from Electric Boat.
SECNAV announced that a nuclear attack submarine, SSN 709, will be named USS HYMAN G. RICKOVER in honor of retired Admiral Rickover, who is frequently referred to as the “Father of the Nuclear Navy.” SECNAV stated, “It is most fitting that a nuclear-powered submarine representative of Admiral Rickover’s professional and material excellence carry his name.” Mrs. Rickover will be asked to be the ship’s sponsor. The SSN 709 is scheduled to be launched in August 1983.
USS NATHANAEL GREENE (SSBN 636) recently completed her 50th strategic deterrent patrol with her return to the Holy Loch on 16 February 83 VADM S.A. White, USN, COMSUBLANT congratulated the crew on their return to port.