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Los Angeles Class Fast Attack Submarine


The Los Angeles Class Fast Attack Submarine was designed almost exclusively for carrier battlegroup escort. Escort duties included conducting ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) sweeps hundreds of miles ahead of the battlegroup and conducting attacks against surface action groups. These submarines are well equipped to accomplish these tasks. They are fast, equipped with Mk-48 Advanced Capability anti-submarine/ship torpedoes, Tomahawk land attack cruise missiles, and mines. Besides escorting, other tasks include undersea warfare, surface warfare, strike warfare, mining operations, special forces delivery, reconnaissance and intelligence collection.

Los Angeles Class Fast Attack Submarine Copyright © Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeffrey Jay Price, U.S. Navy

Contractors

Builder: General Dynamics Electric Boat Division
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding Co.

Complement

16 Officers
127 Enlisted Personnel

Characteristics

Dimensions
Length: 109.73 meters 360 feet
Beam: 10.6 meters 33 feet
Weight
Displacement: 7 038.16 metric tons (submerged) 6 927 long tons (submerged)
Features
Propulsion: one S6G reactor, one shaft, one propeller
Performance: 35 000 shaft horsepower
Speed (official): 20+ knots » 37+ kilometers per hour ~23 miles per hour
Speed (actual): 32 knots » 59.26 kilometers per hour (maximum submerged speed) 36.82 miles per hour (maximum submerged speed)
Operating depth (official): 240+ meters 800+ feet
Operating depth (actual): 274.32 meters (test depth) 900 feet (test depth)

Flight I

Status

In limited service

Capacity

1 x Dry Deck Shelter (only on USS Dallas, USS La Jolla and USS Buffalo)

Weapon systems

4 x Mk-67 Torpedo Tube
» AGM-84 Harpoon
» BGM-109 Tomahawk
» Mk-48 Torpedo
» Mk-67 Submarine Launched Mobile Mine

Boat list

Hull number Boat name Commissioned Decommissioned Status
SSN 688 USS Los Angeles 1976.11.13. 2010.02.04. Decommissioned
SSN 689 USS Baton Rouge 1977.06.25. 1995.01.13. Decommissioned
SSN 690 USS Philadelphia 1977.06.25. 2010.06.25. Decommissioned
SSN 691 USS Memphis 1977.12.17. 2012.10.20. Decommissioned
SSN 692 USS Omaha 1978.03.11. 1995.10.05. Decommissioned
SSN 693 USS Cincinnati 1978.06.10. 1996.07.29. Decommissioned
SSN 694 USS Groton 1978.07.08. 1997.11.07. Decommissioned
SSN 695 USS Birmingham 1978.12.16. 1997.12.22. Decommissioned
SSN 696 USS New York City 1979.03.03. 1997.04.30. Decommissioned
SSN 697 USS Indianapolis 1980.01.05. 1998.02.17. Decommissioned
SSN 698 USS Bremerton 1981.03.28. - In active service
SSN 699 USS Jacksonville 1981.05.16. - In active service
SSN 700 USS Dallas 1981.06.26. - In active service
SSN 701 USS La Jolla 1981.09.30. - In active service
SSN 702 USS Phoenix 1981.12.12. 1998.07.29. Decommissioned
SSN 703 USS Boston 1982.01.30. 1999.01.18. Decommissioned
SSN 704 USS Baltimore 1982.07.24. 1998.07.10. Decommissioned
SSN 705 USS City Of Corpus Christi 1983.01.08. - In active service
SSN 706 USS Albuquerque 1983.05.21. - In active service
SSN 707 USS Portsmouth 1983.10.01. 2004.09.10. Decommissioned
SSN 708 USS Minneapolis-St. Paul 1984.03.10. 2008.08.28. Decommissioned
SSN 709 USS Hyman G. Rickover 1984.07.21. 2006.12.14. Decommissioned
SSN 710 USS Augusta 1985.01.19. 2008.04.15. Decommissioned
SSN 711 USS San Francisco 1984.04.21. - In active service
SSN 712 USS Atlanta 1982.03.06. 1999.01.22. Decommissioned
SSN 713 USS Houston 1982.09.25. - In active service
SSN 714 USS Norfolk 1983.05.21. 2015.11.13. Decommissioned
SSN 715 USS Buffalo 1983.11.05. - In active service
SSN 716 USS Salt Lake City 1984.05.12. 2005.10.26. Decommissioned
SSN 717 USS Olympia 1984.11.17. - In active service
SSN 718 USS Honolulu 1985.07.06. 2006.11.01. Decommissioned

Flight II

Status

In active service

Weapon systems

4 x Mk-67 Torpedo Tube
» Mk-48 Torpedo
» Mk-67 Submarine Launched Mobile Mine
Mk-45 Vertical Launching System (12 cells)
» BGM-109 Tomahawk
» AGM-84 Harpoon

Boat list

Hull number Boat name Commissioned Decommissioned Status
SSN 719 USS Providence 1985.07.27. - In active service
SSN 720 USS Pittsburgh 1985.11.23. - In active service
SSN 721 USS Chicago 1986.10.27. - In active service
SSN 722 USS Key West 1987.09.12. - In active service
SSN 723 USS Oklahoma City 1988.07.09. - In active service
SSN 724 USS Louisville 1986.11.08. - In active service
SSN 725 USS Helena 1987.07.11. - In active service
SSN 750 USS Newport News 1989.06.03. - In active service

Improved 688

Status

In active service

The loss of USS Miami

A fire raged through the nuclear-powered Los Angeles class fast attack submarine USS Miami on Wednesday, 23rd of May, 2012, while sitting in a dry dock at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. According to US Navy sources, the submarine’s nuclear reactor was not in operation at the time of the fire and no weapons were aboard. A civilian shipyard worker caused the fire, which quickly spread through the submarine’s forward compartments. It took the efforts of more than 100 firefighters to save her. The cost of the necessary facelifts and fixes was so high that the Navy eventually decided to retire the boat.  After 23 years of service, the Navy formally decommissioned USS Miami on March 28, 2014, during an indoor ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.

Weapon systems

4 x Mk-67 Torpedo Tube
» Mk-48 Torpedo
» Mk-67 Submarine Launched Mobile Mine
Mk-45 Vertical Launching System (12 cells)
» BGM-109 Tomahawk
» AGM-84 Harpoon

Boat list

Hull number Boat name Commissioned Decommissioned Status
SSN 751 USS San Juan 1988.08.06. - In active service
SSN 752 USS Pasadena 1989.02.11. - In active service
SSN 753 USS Albany 1990.04.07. - In active service
SSN 754 USS Topeka 1989.10.21. - In active service
SSN 755 USS Miami 1990.06.30. 2014.12.03. Lost
SSN 756 USS Scranton 1991.01.26. - In active service
SSN 757 USS Alexandria 1991.06.29. - In active service
SSN 758 USS Asheville 1991.09.28. - In active service
SSN 759 USS Jefferson City 1992.02.29. - In active service
SSN 760 USS Annapolis 1992.04.11. - In active service
SSN 761 USS Springfield 1993.01.09. - In active service
SSN 762 USS Columbus 1993.07.24. - In active service
SSN 763 USS Santa Fe 1993.12.11. - In active service
SSN 764 USS Boise 1992.11.07. - In active service
SSN 765 USS Montpelier 1993.03.13. - In active service
SSN 766 USS Charlotte 1994.09.16. - In active service
SSN 767 USS Hampton 1993.11.16. - In active service
SSN 768 USS Hartford 1994.12.10. - In active service
SSN 769 USS Toledo 1995.02.24. - In active service
SSN 770 USS Tucson 1995.08.18. - In active service
SSN 771 USS Columbia 1995.10.09. - In active service
SSN 772 USS Greenville 1996.02.16. - In active service
SSN 773 USS Cheyenne 1996.09.13. - In active service