BANGOR, Wash. (NNS) -- Trident ballistic missile submarine USS Maine (SSBN 741)(Blue) returned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor June 22, after a 75-day strategic deterrent patrol.
After their arrival, the Sailors traveled to Bangor Plaza for a reunion with family and friends.
"I'm very proud of the many accomplishments of the crew throughout this patrol," said Command Master Chief (SS) James Willis, Blue Crew chief of the boat.
During the patrol 12 enlisted members and two officers qualified for the submarine warfare pin. Also, 18 Sailors advanced in rank, including two to senior chief petty officer, and another two Sailors became new fathers.
"I feel the success of the Blue Crew is due to a simple but very meaningful phrase from our commanding officer: 'I want the job done right, not right now,'" said Willis. "And the crew understands and continues to foster this in every aspect of being a submariner."
In addition to the patrol, which began April 9, USS Maine embarked more than 300 midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy and colleges across the country for three weeks of Career Orientation and Training for Midshipmen (CORTRAMID).
"It was a privilege to represent the submarine force at the start of CORTRAMID," said Lt. Cmdr. Michael Burchik, USS Maine (Blue) executive officer. "We didn't take the opportunity lightly. Based on the overwhelmingly positive responses we received, we revealed a world beyond submarine operations that was not well known."
CORTRAMID is intended to familiarize midshipmen with the missions, tasks and equipment of the submarine force. A total of 332 midshipmen from the Naval Academy and Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) experienced life aboard Maine during CORTRAMID, each embarking for 24-hour periods.
During their time aboard, the midshipmen were given the opportunity to drive the ship and stand watches under instruction. They also interacted with the Sailors to gain insight into the life of a submariner.
"The midshipmen left Maine with an unadulterated view of undersea warfare and submarine life that will aid in their future naval career decision-making process," Burchik said. "We look forward to hosting our future leaders again."
Maine is one of eight Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines homeported aboard Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, providing the survivable leg of the nation's strategic deterrent forces.
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