Talk:USS Kamehameha (SSBN-642)
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USN vessels named after monarchs
"She is one of only two ships of the United States to be named after a monarch."
USS Kamehameha, sure. USS Alfred, Ok.. ...so if we're counting Continental Navy ships, what about USS Queen of France? Or USS Prince William sure sounds like it's named after a monarch. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 18:55, 10 June 2010 (UTC)
There's another monarch named ship: The USS Reina Mercedes (Reina being the Spanish word for Queen). This was named after Queen Consort Maria de las Mercedes of Spain. USS Reina Mercedes (IX-25) was an unprotected cruiser of the Spanish Navy which was captured in Cuba in 1898 by the U.S. Navy during the Spanish-American War. She was refurbished and used by the U.S. Navy as a non-self-propelled receiving ship at Newport, Rhode Island, and subsequently as a detention vessel and barracks ship for the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, until 1957. There's a wikipedia page on this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Reina_Mercedes_(IX-25) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 04:31, 11 August 2012 (UTC)
Blue Crew / Gold Crew
Several comments on the USS Kamehameha SSBN 642 page. The Polaris submarines had two crews, the Blue crew and the Gold crew. This was to allow the boats to stay at sea much longer without exhausting the crews. Crews were changed approximately every 100 days.
The Kamehameha was originally homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and operated out of Guam until 1969 when it moved to Charleston, South Carolina. After, as I recall, two patrols out of Charleston, it then went into the yards and was converted to handle the Poseiden missile.
The term Imua was translated for the original commissioning crew as meaning 'Forward', NOT 'Go forth and conquer'.
I was a member of the launch crew, commissioning crew, and the last member of the commissioning crew to leave the gold crew (and, as I recall, the last member of either crew to leave.)Mike642 (talk) 20:27, 26 August 2008 (UTC)
Just to note, submarines are always classified as "boat", never "ship". For this reason, I changed all the times the USS Kamehameha is called "ship" to "boat" —Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 19:24, 5 February 2010 (UTC)
- Thanks for letting us know how the Navy classifes that, but here on wikipedia we don't always follow the rules of the USN. It is the policy of WP:SHIPS and the WP:MOS to use consistent wording across all related articles. -MBK004 19:33, 5 February 2010 (UTC)
I was a member of the Gold crew during this period. The references to Charleston SC, SPECOPS and AUTEC are all correct. To clarify the remarks regarding the terms BOAT vs SHIP. This is a naval custom, not naval terminology. Of course the other terminology is referring to surface ships as TARGETs. Ex-RM1(SS) 1975-1997. 1200Z09 OCTOBER 2015.159.63.69.218 (talk) 10:59, 8 October 2015 (UTC)