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Captain Kenneth R. Franklin

Captain Franklin is the Naval Base Point Loma Commanding Officer. He is a native of Plant City, Florida.  Enlisting in the Navy in 1989, he was trained as an Electronics Technician and reported to USS MARYLAND (SSBN 738) in 1991.  He was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1993 as a Second Class Petty Officer and attended the Florida State University earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science in 1996. 

Following nuclear power training, he reported to USS HARTFORD (SSN 768) in 1998 where he served as the Chemical and Radiological Controls Assistant, Main Propulsion Assistant, and Assistant Engineer.  HARTFORD completed a North Atlantic Deployment in 1998 and Mediterranean Deployment in 2000 and earned the Submarine Squadron Four Battle Efficiency “E” for 1998.

Captain Franklin attended the Submarine Officer Advanced Course in 2004 and was the recipient of the L.Y. Spear Award as class honorman.  Upon graduation, he reported to the USS MAINE (SSBN 741) (BLUE) as the Navigation and Operations Officer.  While onboard, the ship completed 5 strategic deterrent patrols and was awarded the Battle Efficiency “E” for 2007.

In December 2009, he completed the Submarine Command Course and reported as Executive Officer to USS CHICAGO (SSN 721) in Pearl Harbor, HI.  While onboard, the ship completed a 24 month major CNO Availability while preparing for a change of homeport to Guam.

During his tour as Commanding Officer of USS COLORADO (SSN 788), the ship was christened, placed in service following a new construction period at General Dynamics Electric Boat, including initial sea trials and INSURV, and was awarded the Submarine Squadron 4 Personnel Readiness White P.

At his shore assignments, Captain Franklin served as an instructor at Naval Submarine School, and on the staff of Headquarters U.S. Central Command, Submarine Squadron 20, and Task Force 69.  His awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards).

Last Updated: 28 May 2022


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