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Henry M. Jackson (Gold) Returns to Sunshine after Successful Patrol

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS110602-04
6/2/2011

By Commander, Submarine Group 9 Public Affairs

BANGOR, Wash. (NNS) -- Following a day of heavy rain, the sun was shining on Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor's Delta Pier on May 26 as the Gold Crew of the Trident ballistic missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) returned to its homeport, completing a 56-day strategic deterrent patrol.

"The crew performed extremely well throughout a challenging patrol," said Cmdr. Jeffrey Farah, Gold Crew commanding officer. "The underway provided an excellent opportunity for the crew to hone their warfighting skills as Trident submariners."

Fourteen Gold Crew enlisted Sailors completed their submarine qualifications during Jackson's patrol, which began April 1. As a result, those Sailors earned the right to wear the famed submariner's "dolphins."

Also, 23 Gold Crew Sailors – two officers and 21 enlisted – were advanced or promoted while underway.

"I'm very proud of all of the hard work and teamwork displayed during the patrol," said Senior Chief Logistics Specialist (SS) Christopher Martin, Gold Crew chief of the boat.

One Jackson Sailor, Lt. j.g. Ryan Sudlow, became the father of a baby boy.

Henry M. Jackson is one of eight ballistic missile submarines homeported at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, providing the survivable leg of the nation's strategic deterrent forces.



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