BANGOR, Wash. (NNS) -- Ballistic missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730), based at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor and named for one of Washington state's most famous native sons, was formally adopted by two Puget Sound-area councils of the Navy League, Jan. 25.
Henry M. Jackson's two commanding officers, Cmdr. Matthew Terwilliger (Blue Crew) and Cmdr. Jeffrey Farah (Gold Crew), hosted a ceremony in which the presidents of the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council and Greater Everett Council signed adoption papers for the submarine.
"I am very excited about the Bremerton-Olympic Council and Greater Everett Council adopting our ship," said Terwilliger. "I cannot tell you what it means to all of us on the crew to know there are people in the Pacific Northwest supporting us."
Representatives from the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, led by executive director Lara Iglitzin, were also in attendance at the ceremony.
Henry M. Jackson, commissioned in 1984, is the only Ohio-class submarine not named for a U.S. state. Its namesake, the late Henry M. (Scoop) Jackson (1912-1983), represented the state of Washington in Congress for more than 42 years, the last 30 as a U.S. senator.
As part of the ceremony, Navy League representatives donated memorabilia for display aboard the boat, including a poster and hat from one of Jackson's political campaigns.
The council presidents, Carolyn Dankers (Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula) and James Sketchley (Greater Everett), also presented awards to Henry M. Jackson's Sailors and junior officers of the year.
"We look forward to knowing you better and establishing a long-lasting relationship," Dankers said.
"With this partnership, we are looking at good things for the future," added Sketchley.
Henry M. Jackson originally was to have been named USS Rhode Island. The contract to build Rhode Island was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation at Groton, Conn., June 6, 1977, and her keel was laid there Jan. 19, 1981.
Shortly after Jackson died suddenly in office Sept. 1, 1983, Rhode Island was renamed Henry M. Jackson in his honor. The name Rhode Island was transferred to another Ohio-class submarine, USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740).
Henry M. Jackson was launched Oct. 15, 1983, sponsored by Jackson's daughter, Anna Marie Jackson, and commissioned Oct. 6, 1984, with Capt. Ralph Tindal in command of the Blue Crew and Capt. Michael Farmer in command of the Gold Crew.
Today, Henry M. Jackson is one of eight Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines homeported at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, providing the survivable leg of the nation's strategic deterrent forces.
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