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 Jeremy MillerCommanding Officer
LCDR Derek GoebelExecutive Officer
YNSCM David WrightChief Of The Boat

 Rhode Island Gold Leadership

CDR Jason AndersonCommanding Officer
LCDR Jake KennedyExecutive Officer
ETRCS Sterling SimsChief Of The Boat

Reporting Aboard

Congratulations on your orders to USS RHODE ISLAND!

Normally homeported in Kings Bay, USS RHODE ISLAND is currently undergoing a major overhaul at Norfolk Naval Shipyard and is temporarily home-ported in Portsmouth, Virginia.
Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Virginia, is one of the largest shipyards in the world specializing in repairing, overhauling and modernizing ships and submarines. It's the oldest and largest industrial facility that belongs to the U.S. Navy, and it's also the most multifaceted.
All new check-ins must first report to Naval Submarine Support Center (NSSC) Commander, Submarine Squadron Six 9168 Second Street, STE 202, Norfolk, VA 23511 in accordance with official PCS orders.
Driving Directions
To best ensure you have the best driving directions, consult with Google Maps or another mapping web site for specific directions to Norfolk Naval Station. Proceed through Gate 5; turn right onto “2nd St.”, STE 202 is on the right. Please park across the street and report to the quarterdeck in STE 202.
Note: Ensure to report in the appropriate uniform for the season with a regulation haircut. Bring all records, orders, endorsements, travel-related receipts, new address, etc. After hours, please make sure you leave a good contact number (i.e. cell phone/relative/friend), in case we need to reach you prior to the next work day.

Mailing Address
Your Name/Rate
Unit 100289 Box 1 
FPO AA 34092

Important Phone Numbers
(DSN Prefix - 573)
(912) 573-3029
USS RHODE ISLAND Command Duty Officer (Cell)           
(912) 674-8621
Naval Submarine Support Center (NSSC)
(912) 573-2333
​Housing Referral Office
(912) 573-2056
Navy Gateway Inn & Suites
(912) 573-4871/4971
Fleet & Family Support Center
(912) 573-3988
(912) 573-4242
​Dental ​(912) 573-4212
​COMSUBGRU 10 Command Duty Officer (Cell) ​(912) 674-2247
Useful Websites
Fleet and Family Readiness for Kings Bay Area
Information on Military Housing
Information on Childcare
Various subject dealing with relocation
Navy Exchange Information
Military Installation Overview