Exciting things are happening at the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Camden County! This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the base in 1978.
As home to the east coast Trident nuclear powered submarines, the base has been accredited many accolades over the years.
Accomplishments according to the Military Bases Website,
In addition to being an integral part of our nation’s strategic deterrence program, Kings Bay has attained and sustained award-winning results unsurpassed in Navy Region Southeast or other submarine and shore commands in the U.S. Navy.
In 2007, Kings Bay received the Commander-in-Chief’s Installation Excellence Award for its ability to sustain its mission, increase productivity and enhance quality of life. The award also recognized the base’s creative management, new ideas and leadership.
Furthermore, Kings Bay received the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s highest safety rating in the Voluntary Protection Program and the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations Safety Ashore Award for the third consecutive year.
This year, Senator Perdue made a resolution recognizing the 40th Anniversary of Kings Bay.
In a statement released by the Office of U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator Perdue introduced a Senate resolution honoring the 40th anniversary of Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, which was established on July 1, 1978, in Kings Bay, Georgia.
“Congratulations to Kings Bay and the Camden County community,” said Senator Perdue. “As home to the Atlantic fleet of the Ohio-class submarine, Kings Bay plays an integral role in our national defense and strategic deterrence.
Kings Bay also provides top-quality industrial and logistics support and trains sailors to operate and maintain Trident submarines.
Thank you to The Camden Partnership and the coastal Georgia community for your strong support of Kings Bay throughout the years. As they say, ‘every day in Camden County is military appreciation day,’” said Perdue.
In 1954, the U.S. Army began to build a military ocean terminal to ship ammunition in case of a national emergency. Since there was no immediate operational need for the installation, the base was placed in an inactive ready status.
After evaluating more than 60 sites along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, the U.S. Navy selected Kings Bay as the new home of Submarine Squadron 16. The base was transferred from the Army to the Navy, and on July 1, 1978, Naval Submarine Support Base Kings Bay was established in a developmental status.
Today, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay is home to six ballistic missile submarines and two guided missile submarines and is one of two remaining naval nuclear weapon storage sites in the United States. Kings Bay is responsible for $1,142,000,000 in total economic output to the Camden County area. In 2007, Kings Bay was named the top military installation in the Department of Defense.
Read the full text of the resolution here.
It’s Celebration Time!
This weekend, servicemen and women along with their families will be celebrating the anniversary with a 40 Fest event sponsored by the MWR Kings Bay. The Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) organization is a service organization “that prides itself in offering new program ideas in innovative ways to improve the entertainment, recreation and fitness opportunities of the new generation of military members, their families, retirees, civilians, and other authorized patrons.”
The event will will be held on July 27th from 3:00-7:00 pm at the Anchor lot on Base. Families can enjoy carnival rides, Live music by Big Engine, Food Trucks, USS Waterworks, Touch a Truck, Games, Car shows, Command Pride Tents and more.
All on Georgia Glynn and Camden extend a sincere thank you to all our service men and women at the Kings Bay base and hope you have a fun-filled and safe weekend.
To read more on the Naval history of the Kings Bay submarine base, please visit their website.