By Petty Officer 1st Class Kenneth Takada
BANGOR, Wash. – USS Kentucky (SSBN 737) conducted a crew split and assumption of command ceremony at Deterrent Park at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Wash., June 9.
Cmdr. Brian Freck assumed command of Kentucky (Gold) and Cmdr. John Hale assumed command of Kentucky (Blue). Hale took command of the combined Kentucky Green crew at the conclusion of the refueling overhaul in April 2015.
Kentucky entered Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility Bremerton in February 2012 for a 40 month engineered refueling overhaul. While in the shipyard, they merged their blue and gold crews to operate under a single chain of command for the duration of the overhaul.
Though they did not having a ship to take to sea, the Green crew of Kentucky were awarded the supply