07.02.18

Senator David Perdue Recognizes 40th Anniversary Of Kings Bay

ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, 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.’”

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.

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Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.