By Lt. Joe Painter
Submarine Group Ten Public Affairs
KINGS BAY, Ga. – The deputy commander of U.S. Strategic Command presented the Omaha Trophy for Best Ballistic Missile Submarine to USS Alaska (SSBN 732) at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay on Thursday.
Vice Adm. Charles “Chas” Richard presented the trophy to the crew of Alaska and praised them for their hard work and dedication.
“You have all worked incredibly hard to bring this trophy back to the Alaska for the fifth time,” said Richard.
Alaska conducted three strategic deterrent patrols for a total of 270 days at sea in 2016, including the longest continuous alert period of any unit from Kings Bay in the last four years.
“You and your families should be proud of this,” said Richard. “You provide an invaluable asset to the U.S.’s strategic forces and provide peace to the American people.”
Alaska competed against the Navy’s 13 other Ohio-class SSBNs to earn the 2016 Omaha Trophy. The Navy’s ballistic missile submarines, often referred to as “boomers,” serve as an undetectable launch platform for intercontinental missiles. They are designed specifically for stealth and the precise delivery of nuclear warheads.
The Omaha Trophy was created in 1971 by the citizens of Omaha through the Strategic Air Command’s Consultation Committee and Cast by Tiffany and Company of New York City. STRATCOM awards the Omaha Trophy annually to U.S. military units who demonstrate the highest standards of performance in five official categories: Global Operations, Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, Strategic Aircraft Operations, Ballistic Missile Submarine and Strategic Bomber Operations.
In addition to the 2016 Omaha Trophy award, USS Alaska also earned the 2016 Battle Efficiency, or Battle “E,” award for the best command in Submarine Squadron 20.
Commissioned in 1986, USS Alaska is the fourth Navy ship to be named for the Territory or State of Alaska.