Notable Nevadans

IN HONOR OF THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY

 OF THE COMMISSIONING OF USS NEVADA (SSBN 733)

HON. DEAN HELLER

OF NEVADA

IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE

June 29, 2016

Mr. Heller: Mr. President, today, I wish to recognize the 30th anniversary of the Commissioning of USS Nevada (SSBN 733). I am proud to honor one of Nevada’s namesake ships and all Americans that served aboard her.

Launched on September 14, 1985, USS Nevada (SSBN 733) is a U.S. Navy Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine and the fourth U.S. Navy ship named in honor of our Great State. She was sponsored by Carol Laxalt, the wife of then United States Senator Paul Laxalt. Upon launch, Captain F.W. Rohm was in command of the Blue Crew, and Captain William Stone led the Gold Crew. The submarine was then commissioned on August 16, 1986. She is now one of eight Ohio-class ballistic submarines homeported at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, where crews have worked tirelessly to preserve this national treasure. It gives me great pleasure to honor the history and heritage of this ship and her crew members who sacrificed so much defending our freedoms.

The brave men and women serving in the U.S. Navy have demonstrated true commitment to our nation with their selfless actions and exemplify why the legacy of all veterans must be preserved for generations to come. As a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I recognize that Congress has a responsibility not only to honor these brave individuals, but to ensure they are cared for after their return home. I remain committed to upholding this promise for our veterans and service members in Nevada and throughout the nation, including those who served on USS Nevada (SSBN 733).

Mr. President, today, I ask that we recognize the 30th anniversary of the commissioning of USS Nevada (SSBN 733) and all that sailed aboard her. I am both humbled and honored to commemorate these brave men and women and to celebrate this important milestone. May we never forget the legacy of this great submarine and her gallant crew.