Commander, Submarine Group 10

USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740)
In Spe Pacis Perennis
"In Hope of Everlasting Peace"


Ohio Class Ballistic Missile Submarine: Laid down, 15 September 1988 by the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT; Launched, 17 July 1993; Commissioned, USS Rhode Island (SSBN-740), 9 July 1994; In commission, homeported at Kings Bay, GA.

The dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally associated with the U.S. Navy and symbolize the sea and excellence. The Red is emblematic of valor and action. The anchor and circle of thirteen stars are adapted from the Rhode Island state flag highlighting the maritime heritage of the state for which the submarine is named.

The two sections of the shield allude to the two previous USS RHODE ISLANDs. Dark blue, the Union color during the Civil War, honors the first USS RHODE ISLAND; white refers to the second ship of that name, which was part of the "Great White Fleet" in 1907. The crossed swords symbolize strength, cooperation and teamwork.

The trident symbolizes Naval weaponry, both past and present, and sea prowess. Its bottom spike points to the ocean depth, USS RHODE ISLAND's area of operation. The compass rose highlights the four major directions and represents navigation and worldwide capabilities. The lightning flashes underscore quick response and electronic capabilities while their circular configuration alludes to the globe and the scope of the U.S. Navy's mission.

 Facts and Figures

Builders: Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, Ct.
Powerplant: One nuclear reactor, one shaft
Length: 560 feet (109.73 meters) Beam: 42 feet Displacement: Approx. 18,750 tons (17,010 metric tons)
Submerged Speed: 20+ knots (23+ MPH; 36,8+ KPH)
Crew: 13 officers, 121 enlisted Armament: 24 Missile tubes, 4 Torpedo tubes

 Rhode Island Blue Leadership

CDR Louis SpringerCommanding Officer
LCDR Ron AllenExecutive Officer
ETCM Andrew MochrieChief Of The Boat

 Rhode Island Gold Leadership

CDR Sean MuthCommanding Officer
LCDR Jeff HoldsworthExecutive Officer
STSCS Rashaan ElliottChief Of The Boat

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