Kings Bay Submarine BaseOne of the local attractions at St Mary is the Sail of USS George Bancroft (SSBN-643) displayed at main gate of the Naval Submarine Base at Kings Bay. This very unusual memorial was dedicated in 2000, as part of Kings Bay's celebration of the submarine forces' 100th anniversary. It's quite a site to drive upon this behemoth unexpectedly.
|That minuscule figure near the center of the photo is the Wayner|
Since 1979, Kings Bay has been the US Navy's East Coast site for the new Ohio-class Trident submarines. To this day, it is one of only two Trident submarine bases in the world.
The Major Commands at Kings Bay are: Submarine Group 10, Submarine Squadron 16, Submarine Squadron 20, Strategic Weapons Facility Atlantic, Marine Corps Security Force Battalion, Trident Refit Facility and the Trident Training Facility.
Submarines that call Kings Bay Home Port are: Guided Missile USS Florida (SSGN-728) and USS Georgia (SSGN-729). Ballistic Missile USS Alaska (SSBN-732), USS Tennessee (SSBN-734), USS West Virginia (SSBN-736), USS Maryland (SSBN-738), USS Rhode Island (SSBN-740) and USS Wyoming (SSBN-742).
Of course civilians just don't get to stroll onto military bases these days, so from the gate of Kings Bay we made our way to the waterfront of St Marys where we visited (dogs in stroller) St Marys Submarine Museum.
St Marys Submarine Museum
|This is where you go to get a sense of what life aboard a submarine is all about.|
|St Marys Submarine Museum has one of the most modern working periscopes in the world. |
My big kid took a look and ordered "Fire One!" but nothing happened.
|That's an actual Honolulu newspaper ... yellowing but the real deal.|
|This door is extra important to a guy from Tennessee (home of President James K Polk)|
|WWII dive suit|
|An interesting Georgia factoid.|
|One of several very old buildings. |
At least two are churches.