On March 9, 2009, the United States Senate passed a resolution congratulating the Sailors and members of the SSBN community. The staff at UNDERSEA WARFARE Magazine echoes the praise given to the SSBN community and adds our own congratulations and thanks for all of their hard work, dedication, and service to our country. The Senate Resolution states:

“Congratulating the Sailors of the United States Submarine Force upon completion
of 1,000 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) deterrent patrols.

Whereas the Sailors of the United States Submarine Force recently completed the 1,000th deterrent patrol of the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN);

Whereas this milestone is significant for the Submarine Force, its crews and their families, the United States Navy, and the entire community;

Whereas this milestone was reached through the combined efforts and impressive achievements of all the submariners who have participated in such patrols since the first patrol of USS Ohio (SSBN-726) in 1982;

Whereas, as a result of the dedication and commitment to excellence of the Sailors of the United States Submarine Force, ballistic missile submarines have always been ready and vigilant, reassuring United States allies and deterring anyone who might seek to do harm to the United States or United States allies;

Whereas the national maritime strategy of the United States recognizes the critical need for strategic deterrence in today’s uncertain world;

Whereas the true strength of the ballistic missile submarine lies in the extremely talented and motivated Sailors who have voluntarily chosen to serve in the submarine community; and

Whereas the inherent stealth, unparalleled firepower, and nearly limitless endurance of the ballistic missile submarine provide a credible deterrence for any enemies that would seek to use force against the United States or United States allies: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring),
That Congress —

(1) congratulates the Sailors of the United States Submarine Force upon the completion of 1,000 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) deterrent patrols; and

(2) honors and thanks the crews of ballistic missile submarines and their devoted families for their continued dedication and sacrifice”