Commander, Submarine Group Two

Mailing Address
USS Philadelphia (SSN 690)
FPO AP 96698-2120

Commanding Officer - Cmdr. Dave Soldow

Executive Officer -  Cmdr. Brad Baker

Chief of the Boat - ETCM(SS) Joseph Wilt



Length: 360 feet Breadth: 33 feet Displacement: 6,900 tons Speed: Greater than 25 knots Depth: Greater than 800 feet Keel Laid: August 12, 1972 Launched: October 19, 1974 Commissioned: June 25, 1977 Complement: 127 officers and enlisted crew


USS Philadelphia was the first Los Angeles class attack submarine built by the Electric Boat division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Conn., to be delivered to the Navy. The ship's sponsor, Mrs. Hugh Scott, welded her initials into the keel of the USS Philadelphia at the keel laying ceremony.

Since commissioning in 1977, USS Philadelphia has conducted five deployments to the Mediterranean Sea (1979, 1982, 1986, 1991-Desert Storm, 1999), a deployment to the Western Pacific (1980), five North Atlantic deployments (1983, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1999), and an Eastern Atlantic Deployment (1989).

Philadelphia's crew has earned the following awards:

Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation (Three awards), Battle Efficiency "E" Ribbon (Six awards), Southwest Asia Service Medal - Desert Storm, Ney Memorial Award for Outstanding Food Service (Two awards), "A" Award for Outstanding ASW Operations (Four awards), CINCLANTFLT Golden Anchor Award, CINCLANTFLT Silver Anchor Award (Two awards), Battenburg Cup Award as COMSUBLANT Nominee for Best All Around Unit, Communications Green "C" (Two awards), Tactical White "T" (Two awards), Damage Control Red "DC", Deck "D", Engineering Excellence "E" and the Supply Blue "E".

In the News

July 09, 2010 - USS Philadelphia Departs Homeport for Final Time

June 25, 2010 - USS Philadelphia “Finishes Strong” following 33-Year Service

Apr. 23, 2010 - New Commanding Officer to Complete USS Philadelphia Legacy

Feb. 03, 2010 - A Bittersweet Final Homecoming for USS Philadelphia