Ithaca native and U.S. Navy Commander Benjamin Pollock achieved quite a milestone on Friday (July 26), officially taking command of the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Wyoming in Norfolk, VA.
He’s previously served on three other submarines and also carried a variety of shore duty commands as well, ranging from reactor controls to assistance with the safe navigation ships.
Pollock said the following in a press release from U.S. Navy Communications:
“I think I speak for a few of my fellow service members when I say that I joined the military because I just felt moved to do so I felt it was my duty to join and serve like those who have gone before me. My favorite part of my job has been overcoming challenges and helping my Sailors progress through any obstacles that they face. These moments enhance the command’s morale, warfighting readiness, and crew member’s motivation in the work environment.”
Wyoming measures 560 feet long, 42 feet wide, and weighs over 16,500 tons. A nuclear-powered propulsion system powers it through the water at speeds of more than 20 knots.
It entered the shipyard in January 2018 to being a 27-month long overhaul. The maintenance period includes refueling, technological upgrades, and new berthing spaces for enlisted women.
“While here at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Sailors work and train as if the Wyoming was operational,” said Pollock. “Keeping individual skill set levels accurate is mandatory in the progression through the Engineer Refit Overhaul. The preparations we’re doing today will reflect on how Wyoming operates in the future. Wyoming is here to support the warfighter.”
Information passed along by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kristen Cheyenne Yarber
Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic Public Affairs