Return of USS Georgia (SSGN 729) to Kings Bay > United States Navy > News
During the forward deployment, the crew supported US combat commands for Africa, Central, and Europe. It included transits through the Strait of Sicily, the Strait of Gibraltar, the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb.
Rear Admiral Thomas R. “TR” Buchanan, commander of Submarine Group Ten, acknowledged the hard work it took to keep the ship out for such a long time.
“We ask a lot of our submariners who deploy and operate for months away from home,” Buchanan said.
During her forward deployment, the ship sailed more than 100,000 nautical miles, equivalent to traveling more than four times around the world, with stops in Souda Bay, Greece, Gibraltar, Oman, in Diego Garcia, Faslane, Scotland and Bahrain.
“Georgia has been on the business of the Nation for 790 days,” Buchanan said. “It is with great pride that we welcome them back to their home base after a job exceptionally well done.”
Although the ship itself has not returned to its home port for more than two years, Georgia has two assigned crews, Blue and Gold, who take turns tending the submarine. Over the past nearly 800 days, crews have completed four exchanges of command. While one crew deploys with the ship for a period of four to six months, the other returns to Kings Bay and conducts training at the Trident Training Center. The training program includes various missions and simulated scenarios. This training program ensures that the crew remains tactically and operationally ready.
Georgia and all SSGNs provide the US Navy with one of the most versatile and clandestine platforms in the fleet. They are equipped with superior communications capabilities and can carry up to 154 Tomahawk land attack cruise missiles. The platform can also be configured to accommodate up to 66 Special Operations Force personnel.
Georgia was converted from a trident ballistic missile submarine in December 2007. The SSGN conversion program produced a transformation capability on a time-limited schedule.
Georgia is one of four guided missile submarines in the US Navy fleet and comprises half of the guided missile submarine force at Kings Bay. The base houses all of the East Coast Ohio-class submarines, including five ballistic missile submarines and two guided missile submarines.