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01/15/2019

Federal offices in the DC area are open tomorrow but with a two hour delay. Employees are expected to report no more than two hours later than they normally would.

01/14/2019

Due to weather conditions, Federal offices in the Washington, D.C. area are closed Monday January 14. Telework-ready employees are expected to work or take unscheduled leave.

On behalf of Admiral Terry Benedict and the SSP family we would like to congratulate ETRCS Demetrius Fountain on his Com...
08/03/2017

On behalf of Admiral Terry Benedict and the SSP family we would like to congratulate ETRCS Demetrius Fountain on his Commissioning to Ensign Fountain. ENS Fountain has worked at SSP Headquarters for the last two years and will be transitioning to the SSP PMO office in Mitchel Field. Congratulations Ensign Fountain on a successful tour and a well deserved commissioning!

On behalf of Admiral Terry Benedict and the SSP family we congratulate WO1 Albert (Scott) Bastable on his retirement aft...
08/02/2017

On behalf of Admiral Terry Benedict and the SSP family we congratulate WO1 Albert (Scott) Bastable on his retirement after 38 years of service in the Royal Navy. He spent the last three and a half years working at the SSP Headquarters on the Navy Yard. Congratulations on a successful tour and on an impressive career!

Today Admiral Benedict took great pleasure in frocking YN2 John Benton to YN1! He was pinned by His wife Yunic and YN1 M...
06/02/2017

Today Admiral Benedict took great pleasure in frocking YN2 John Benton to YN1! He was pinned by His wife Yunic and YN1 Mosby. On behalf of the SSP family we congratulate YN1 Benton achieving this milestone in his career and say thank you to his family for providing him the support needed to do so! Bravo Zulu YN1 Benton!!

01/11/2017

All Bldg 200 employees ... as of 8 p.m. this evening, building 200 has power, heat, and a working bank of elevators. We will be open for business on Wednesday January 11 as normal. PAO.

This past Friday, SSP celebrated its 60th anniversary.  Remarks were provided SSP Director, VADM Terry Benedict and Depu...
10/07/2015
60th Annual Fleet Ballistic Missile Program Anniversary

This past Friday, SSP celebrated its 60th anniversary. Remarks were provided SSP Director, VADM Terry Benedict and Deputy Secretar of Defense Robert Work.

ASD Keynote Address Ballistic Missile Program anniversary from Fairview Park Marriott, Fairfax, VA.

05/10/2015

10 MAY 1971
The initial POSEIDON patrol was successfully completed with the arrival of USS JAMES MADISON (SSBN 627) alongside the tender CANOPUS (AS 34) at Holy Loch, Scotland, for a refit period.

10 MAY 1976
Secretary of the Navy, J. William Middendorf II, announced that the name of the second TRIDENT submarine would be MICHIGAN.

10 MAY 1987
HMS REPULSE (SSBN 03), Royal Navy nuclear powered submarine, Port Crew successfully launched two POLARIS (A3TK) missiles down the Atlantic Missile Test Range while submerged off Cape Canaveral, FL, in support of the ship’s Demonstration and Shakedown Operation. This was the last U.K. DASO until the mid-1990s when HMS RENOWN (SSBN 02) would arrive at Cape Canaveral following her refit completion.

10 MAY 1991
The Gold Crew of the USS MARIANO G. VALLEJO (SSBN 658) successfully launched two (C4) missiles during a Follow-on CINC Evaluation Test. The test was conducted on the Eastern Test Range (ETR) off Cape Canaveral, FL.

10 MAY 2006
RADM Stephen E. Johnson relieved RADM Charles B. Young as Director, Strategic Systems Programs during a Change of Command Ceremony held at the Washington Navy Yard.

05/09/2015

9 MAY 1966
USS ETHAN ALLEN (SSBN 608), first SSBN designed from keel up as an FBM submarine, returned to the United States, completing her initial deployment. She was the first submarine to carry the longer range POLARIS (A2) missile.

9 MAY 1973
The Blue Crew of USS HENRY L. STIMSON (SSBN 655) successfully launched a POSEIDON (C3) missile in support of the ship’s Demonstration and Shakedown Operation.

9 MAY 1975
The second Supplemental Flight Test of the advanced development Mk 500 Evader reentry body was conducted from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

9 MAY 1990
The former Director, Strategic Systems Programs, Vice Admiral Levering Smith, USN (Ret.), gave the dedication speech for the new Strategic Systems Operational Support Facility at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, VA. The building was dedicated in his honor.

9 MAY 2006
USS ALASKA (SSBN 732) successfully launched three TRIDENT II (D5) missiles during a Follow-on Commander Evaluation Test.

05/08/2015

8 MAY 1962
USS LAFAYETTE (SSBN 616), first of the largest class submarine ever built, was launched at Groton, CT. Mrs. John F. Kennedy, wife of the President, christened the ship.

8 MAY 2008
USS NEBRASKA (SSBN 739) successfully launched two TRIDENT II (D5) missiles during a Follow-on Commander Evaluation Test.

05/07/2015

7 MAY 1966
USS BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (SSBN 640) departed Pearl Harbor, HI, to go on operational patrol with 16 POLARIS (A3) missiles.

7 MAY 2010
RDML Terry Benedict relieved RADM Stephen E. Johnson as Director, Strategic Systems Programs during a ceremony held at Washington Navy Yard.

05/06/2015

6 MAY 1962
USS ETHAN ALLEN (SSBN 608), operating in the Pacific as a unit of Joint Task Force 8, successfully launched a POLARIS missile with a nuclear warhead. Successful nuclear detonation achieved.

6 MAY 1985
The Chief of Naval Operations advised that SecNav had approved the establishment of the Strategic Systems Program Office as an Echelon 2 command.

6 MAY 2009
The 1,000 TRIDENT strategic deterrent patrol was celebrated at the Washington Navy Yard.

05/03/2015

3 MAY 1982
USS HENRY STIMSON (SSBN 655) commenced a refueling overhaul at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Newport News, VA.

05/02/2015

2 MAY 1961
USS ROBERT E. LEE (SSBN 601) departed Charleston, SC, to go on operational patrol with 16 POLARIS (A1) missiles.

05/01/2015

1 MAY 1969
USS OBSERVATION ISLAND (EAG 154) completed overhaul and conversion to POSEIDON capability at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Norfolk, VA. Port Canaveral, FL, was assigned as home port.

1 MAY 1974
The second flight in the C4 Mk 4 Supplemental Flight Test (SFT-02) Program was conducted from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

1 MAY 1980
USS COMPASS ISLAND (EAG 153), which served as a navigation test ship for the FBM program since January 1957, was decommissioned.

1 MAY 1984
USS TECUMSEH (SSBN 628) commenced a refueling overhaul at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Newport News, VA.

1 MAY 1992
The final A3R first-stage motor to replace aging A3 motors was shipped to the United Kingdom.

1 MAY 2000
USS ALASKA (SSBN 732) commenced backfit to TRIDENT II (D5) configuration at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS). USS ALASKA is the first of four (4) TRIDENT I (C4) boats planned for backfit.

1 MAY 2002
USS ALASKA (SSBN 732) completed the first TRIDENT II (D5) backfit strategic loadout at Strategic Weapons Facility, Atlantic, Kings Bay, GA.

04/30/2015

30 APRIL 1970
USS DANIEL WEBSTER (SSBN 626) deployed for operational patrol following overhaul.

30 APRIL 1971
The Blue Crew of USS TECUMSEH (SSBN 628) successfully launched a POSEIDON (C3) missile in support of the ship’s Demonstration and Shakedown Operation.

30 APRIL 1971
USS CASIMIR PULASKI (SSBN 633) completed conversion to POSEIDON capability at Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, Groton, CT.

30 APRIL 1971
USS LEWIS AND CLARK (SSBN 644), 14th SSBN for conversion to POSEIDON capability, commenced overhaul and conversion at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA.

30 APRIL 1987
The Navy’s third flight test in the TRIDENT II (D5) development program (D5X-3) was successfully conducted from Launch Complex 46A at Cape Canaveral, FL.

30 APRIL 1990
USS KAMEHAMEHA (SSBN 642) Gold Crew successfully launched a POSEIDON (C3) missile in a Demonstration and Shakedown Operation (DASO). This was the last POSEIDON (C3) DASO and the end of the POSEIDON flight test program.

30 APRIL 1991
The Head, Training Systems Branch announced that the POSEIDON (C3) training missile was being removed from the missile tube at the Charleston Training Center, Charleston, SC, from 29 April through 3 May l991. This effectively terminated much of the training for the POSEIDON program and signaled that the POSEIDON program was coming to an end.

30 APRIL 2000
USS WYOMING (SSBN 742) successfully launched two TRIDENT II (D5) missiles during a Follow-on CINC Evaluation Test.

04/29/2015

29 APRIL 1975
USS HENRY CLAY (SSBN 625), 30th SSBN for conversion to POSEIDON capability, commenced overhaul and conversion at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, NH.

29 APRIL 1977
The fourth flight test in the TRIDENT I (C4) development program, C4X-6, was successfully conducted from Flat Pad 25C at Cape Canaveral, FL.

29 APRIL 1986
USS NATHAN HALE (SSBN 623) commenced an inactivation availability at Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA.

29 APRIL 1990
USS WOODROW WILSON (SSBN 624) completed a refueling overhaul at Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, SC. Following overhaul, the SSN 624 began a new mission as a Fast Attack Submarine with a single crew.

29 APRIL 1993
USS NEVADA (SSBN 733) successfully launched two TRIDENT I (C4) missiles during a Follow-on CINC Evaluation Test.

29 APRIL 1998
Rear Admiral John (Dugan) Shipway (pictured) relieved Rear Admiral Pete Nanos as Director, Strategic Systems Programs. RADM Nanos was promoted to Vice Admiral in charge of Naval Sea Systems Command.

04/28/2015

28 APRIL 1964
USS ANDREW JACKSON (SSBN 619) departed Charleston, SC, to go on operational patrol with 16 POLARIS (A2) missiles.

28 APRIL 1971
USS GEORGE BANCROFT (SSBN 643), 13th SSBN for conversion to POSEIDON capability, commenced overhaul and conversion at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, NH.

28 APRIL 1982
The Vice Chief of Naval Operations provided the Chief of Naval Material an updated statement of the TRIDENT II (D5) Weapon System Program Objectives. Among other things, specific objectives were to maintain the survivability of the submarine and add prompt hard target kill capability. The TRIDENT II objectives were to be reviewed and revised as information became available during the Advanced Development Phase of the TRIDENT II program.

28 APRIL 1986
USS OHIO (SSBN 726) Gold Crew successfully launched two TRIDENT I (C4) missiles during a Follow-on Operational Test.

28 APRIL 2000
Rear Admiral Dennis Dwyer (pictured) relieved Rear Admiral Dugan Shipway as Director, Strategic Systems Programs.

04/27/2015

27 APRIL 1966
USS SIMON BOLIVAR (SSBN 641) departed Charleston, SC, to go on operational patrol with 16 POLARIS (A3) missiles.

27 APRIL 2009
The 109th Submarine Force Birthday Celebration was held at Kings Bay, GA.

04/26/2015

26 APRIL 1972
USS STONEWALL JACKSON (SSBN 634) deployed for operational patrol following POSEIDON conversion.

26 APRIL 1975
The Blue Crew of USS SAM HOUSTON (SSBN 609) successfully launched a POLARIS (A3T) missile in support of the ship’s Demonstration and Shakedown Operation.

26 APRIL 1980
The second TRIDENT submarine, USS MICHIGAN (SSBN 727), was launched at Electric Boat Division. Mrs. Margaret Nedzi, wife of Congressman Nedzi, was the sponsor.

26 APRIL 1991
Captain John T. Mitchell, (Rear Admiral Select) (pictured), relieved Rear Admiral Kenneth C. Malley as Director, Strategic Systems Programs. RADM Malley later became Vice Admiral in charge of Naval Sea Systems Command.

26 APRIL 1999
USS RHODE ISLAND (SSBN 740) successfully launched two TRIDENT II (D5) missiles during a Follow-on CINC Evaluation Test.

26 APRIL 2011
First MOD-6 Strategic Outload – USS NEVADA (SSBN 733).

04/25/2015

25 APRIL 1978
The turnover between FBM tenders USS SIMON LAKE (AS 33) and USS HUNLEY (AS 34) was completed at Site IV in Charleston, SC. Following offload at POMFLANT, USS HUNLEY proceeded to the Braswell Shipyard in Boston, MA, for a 41-day drydocking prior to commencing retrofit from POLARIS (A3) to POSEIDON (C3) capability at the Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, SC.

25 APRIL 1988
A Scout booster using Stacked Oscars On Scout (SOOS 3) was successfully launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, placing navigation TRANSIT satellites OSCARs 22 and 23 in orbit.

25 APRIL 1992
A special ceremony was conducted at the U.S. Submarine Base, Kings Bay, GA, commemorating the 3000th SSBN patrol, completed by the USS TENNESSEE (SSBN 734). Guest speakers at the celebration included General Colin L. Powell, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Frank B. Kelso II, Chief of Naval Operations, and Vice Admiral Henry G. Chiles, Jr., Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet.

04/24/2015

24 APRIL 1972
The Blue Crew of USS PATRICK HENRY (SSBN 599) successfully launched a POLARIS (A3T) missile in support of the ship’s Demonstration and Shakedown Operation.

24 APRIL 1978
USS JAMES K. POLK (SSBN 645) successfully launched four POSEIDON (C3) missiles during a Follow-on Operational Test.

24 APRIL 1981
USS NATHANAEL GREENE (SSBN 636) completed POSEIDON overhaul at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Newport News, VA.

24 APRIL 1981
NOVA I, the first production unit of the improved navigation satellite, was delivered to the Navy by RCA. The satellite was successfully launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on 14 May.

24 APRIL 1982
The Blue Crew of the USS GEORGE BANCROFT (SSBN 643) successfully launched a TRIDENT I (C4) missile in support of the ship’s Demonstration and Shakedown Operation.

24 APRIL 1987
USS SIMON LAKE (AS 33) departed Charleston, SC, enroute to Holy Loch where she would relieve USS HUNLEY (AS 31). USS HUNLEY would transfer to Norfolk, VA, as an SSN tender asset.

24 APRIL 1988
USS STONEWALL JACKSON (SSBN 634) completed strategic loadout at POMFLANT. She would commence patrol in August and would be the first of three TRIDENT I Backfit SSBNs to operate out of Charleston.

24/25 APRIL 2002
USS LOUISIANNA (SSBN 743) successfully launched three TRIDENT II (D5) missiles during two Follow-on CINC Evaluation Tests.

04/23/2015

23 APRIL 1958
CNO promulgated the concept of operations for the FBM weapon system and directed cognizant Navy offices to start detailed planning and action to place the system in operational status in 1960.

23 APRIL 1962
DoD announced selection of various facilities planned for POLARIS support in Pacific area. Puget Sound Naval Shipyard at Bremerton, WA, was selected as FBM submarine overhaul facility; the Naval Ammunition Depot at Bangor, WA, was selected for the POLARIS missile assembly facility (POMFPAC); Pearl Harbor, HI, was chosen as the location of the crew training facility.

23 APRIL 1976
USS LEWIS AND CLARK (SSBN 644) successfully launched two POSEIDON (C3) missiles during an Operational Test.

23 APRIL 1985
USS ALABAMA (SSBN 731), the sixth TRIDENT submarine, was delivered to the Navy by the shipbuilder, Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, Groton, CT.

23 APRIL 1988
USS PENNSYLVANIA (SSBN 735), the second TRIDENT II submarine, was launched during ceremonies at Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, Groton, CT. Mrs. Marilyn K. Garrett, wife of the Honorable H. Lawrence Garrett III, Under Secretary of the Navy, was the ship’s sponsor.

23 APRIL 2003
USS MAINE (SSBN 741) successfully launched two TRIDENT II (D5) missiles during a Follow-on Commander Evaluation Test.

04/22/2015

22 APRIL 1985
USS MICHIGAN (SSBN 727) successfully launched four TRIDENT I (C4) missiles during a Follow-on Operational Test.

04/21/2015

21 APRIL 1980
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER (SSBN 656) successfully launched four POSEIDON (C3) missiles during an Operational Test.

21 APRIL 1983
USS JAMES K. POLK (SSBN 645) completed a nonrefueling overhaul at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, NH.

21 APRIL 1988
The Navy’s 11th flight test in the TRIDENT II (D5) development program (D5X-12) was successfully conducted from Launch Complex 46A at Cape Canaveral, FL.

21 APRIL 1996
USS MARYLAND (SSBN 738) successfully launched two TRIDENT II (D5) missiles during a Follow-on CINC Evaluation Test.

21 APRIL 1980
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER (SSBN 656) successfully launched four POSEIDON (C3) missiles during an Operational Test.

04/20/2015

20 APRIL 1959
First fully successful POLARIS AX vehicle flight test.

20 APRIL 1964
USS HENRY CLAY (SSBN 625) successfully launched a POLARIS (A2) missile from the surface. This was the first demonstration that POLARIS submarines could launch missiles from the surface as well as from beneath the ocean. Thirty minutes earlier the CLAY successfully launched a POLARIS (A2) missile while submerged.

20 APRIL 1976
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER (SSBN 656) successfully launched two POSEIDON (C3) missiles during an Operational Test.

20 APRIL 1982
USS POINT LOMA (T-AGDS 2) completed overhaul at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA. The USS POINT LOMA was overhauled for use as a Launch Area Support Ship (LASS) in support of TRIDENT I (C4) missile testing in the Pacific.

04/19/2015

19 APRIL 1971
The Blue Crew of USS JOHN C. CALHOUN (SSBN 630) successfully launched a POSEIDON (C3) missile in support of the ship’s Demonstration and Shakedown Operation.

19 APRIL 1983
The Gold Crew of USS CASIMIR PULASKI (SSBN 633) successfully launched a TRIDENT I (C4) missile in support of the ship’s Demonstration and Shakedown Operation.

19 APRIL 2013
USS PENNSYLVANIA (SSBN 735) successfully launched a TRIDENT II (D5) missile during a Demonstration and Shakedown Operation (DASO). This test also marked the first flight test of the D5 life-extension (LE) Command Sequencer.

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