When the Blue crew of the USS Louisiana (SSBN-743) returns home, the Gold crew will be waiting to take their place and head back to sea. Adopting a similar two-crew concept could help the surface Navy save money, optimize ship on-station time, and accomplish more sailor training.
The United States places a hefty responsibility on the shoulders of its Navy. It must be constantly on alert, worldwide, for any event that would compromise national security. This is no easy task, but the Navy is doing it in exemplary fashion—from destroyers to carrier strike groups, from the amphibious ready group to the Silent Service’s ballistic-missile submarines, the fleet stands ready. Of all these fleet elements, however, only the ballistic-missile submarines, the “boomers,” seem to maximize the potential of their platform.