Wyoming swaps crew at sea | Local News
Home-ported ballistic missile submarines at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay deploy for about 80 days before returning to swap crews and restock the boat with enough food to feed the sailors.
The quick turnaround is necessary because ships are a key deterrent against nuclear war.
They remain submerged almost all the time they are deployed, undetected and ready to retaliate in the event of a nuclear attack.
But there might be a time when a submarine can’t return to Kings Bay, and the crews aboard the boats are training for that possibility.
The USS Wyoming, homeported in Kings Bay, successfully completed a crew swap at sea on January 24. The crew exchange also included a supply of fresh food while deployed.
“This regularly scheduled at-sea exchange of command demonstrates the continuity and operational flexibility of our nuclear deterrent operations at sea and our ready and reliable ballistic submarine force,” said Lt. Stu Phillips, Public Affairs Officer of the commander of submarine group Ten.
“Efficient crew exchanges at sea allow sailors to reunite with their families and provide a ready and resilient submarine force.”
The crew was transported by Military Sealift Command supply ships USNS Black Powder and USNS Westwind to a location that cannot be disclosed, Phillips said.
“As far as operations safety is concerned, it is the policy of the U.S. submarine forces not to discuss future exercises, operations, or vessel movements,” he said. “The policy is also not to disclose specific operational or readiness details of units.
“The submarines remain operationally ready to support any task and are currently deployed operationally around the world today.”