Commanding Officer - Cmdr. Tony S. Grayson
Executive Officer - Lt. Cmdr. Thomas O'Donnell
Chief of the Boat - MMCM(SS) Edward D'Amico
|Length: 360 feet
||Speed: Greater than 25 knots
||Keel Laid: Oct. 14, 1982|
|Breadt: 33 feet
||Depth: Greater than 800 feet
||Launched: Aug. 4, 1984|
|Displacement: 6,900 tons
||Complement: 127 officers and enlisted crew
||Commissioned: July 27, 1985|
USS Providence (SSN 719), named for the capital city of Rhode Island, is the fifth ship of our Naval History to bear the name.
The first three were sloops and gunboats of the American War for Independence. The original, built about 1770 as the sloop Katy, was the first ship of Rhode Island Colonial Navy. In 1775, renamed Providence, it fired the first rebel broadside of the Revolutionary War. Late in 1776, it was John Paul Jones' first command. It captured or sank 40 ships during its career .
The second Providence, built in Rhode Island in 1776, served with honor as flagship to Commodore Whipple.
The third, an Army gondola, was attached to Brig. Gen. Benedict Arnold's command on Lake Champlain in 1776.
The fourth Providence, a Cleveland Class cruiser, was commissioned in 1945 and re-commissioned in 1959 as a guided missile cruiser. It was decommissioned in 1978 and is mothballed in Washington.
Technology has dramatically changed the size and capabilities of naval warships since the original Providence set sail against the British in 1775. However, all these proud vessels have shared a common mission -- to protect and defend the United States against all enemies. The tradition continues.
Aug. 21, 2013 - USS Providence Welcomes New Commander
May 31, 2013 - Providence Mayor Visits USS Providence
March 19, 2013 - USS Providence Returns from Seven-Month Deployment
April 28, 2011 - USS Providence Changes Commanders
April 8, 2011 - USS Providence (SSN 719) Returns From Deployment
Oct. 08, 2010 - USS Providence Departs for Scheduled Deployment
Feb. 23, 2010 - USS Providence Wins Second Top Food Award