Rocky Mount man takes helm of submarine

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U.S. Navy Cmdr. Keith Floyd

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Staff Writer

Sunday, October 22, 2017

A Rocky Mount native has been tapped to command the Seawolf-class fast attack submarine USS Jimmy Carter.

U.S. Navy Cmdr. Keith Floyd, who took command of the vessel earlier this month, is a 1990 graduate of Northern Nash High School.

His mother Linda Floyd, who lives in Rocky Mount, said she's very proud of him.

“He's worked very hard,” Linda Floyd said. “He's done a great job.”

Keith Floyd is married with two children. His mother-in-law Diane Whitehead said his entire family is proud of his achievements.

“I tell people my son-in-law joined the Navy, and I got to see the world,” Whitehead said.

She's visited her daughter and son-in-law wherever they've been stationed across the world including California, Hawaii and Guam.

“I mean, whoever thought I'd get to see Guam?” Whitehead asked.

Floyd joined the Navy in 1990 as an enlisted sailor. After attending college under a full scholarship, Floyd was commissioned as an officer in 1998. He advanced through the ranks, achieving the rank of commander in 2014.

His multiple decorations include Sea Service Deployment, National Defense, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

With a specialty in submarine warfare, Floyd has served on several submarines including the USS Louisiana, USS Nevada and USS Houston.

Floyd took command of the Jimmy Carter during a ceremony held at the Keyport Undersea Museum.

“I look forward to serving as your captain and promise to give you my all as we execute our mission and pursue operational excellence in everything we do,” Floyd told his new crew at the ceremony.

Floyd was previously stationed in Washington, D.C., where he served as the special assistant to the deputy director for Officer Personnel and Policy at the Naval Reactors Headquarters.

The Jimmy Carter is the last and most advanced of the Seawolf-class attack submarines and is homeported at Naval Base Kitsap in Bangor, Wash. The one-of-a-kind vessel has all the capabilities of a Seawolf-class submarine, plus a 100-foot-long, 2,500-ton hull extension known as the multi-mission platform to test new generations of weapons and support Navy SEAL operations.