|Length: 360 feet
||Speed: Greater than 25 knots
||Launched: Dec. 6, 1986|
|Breadth: 33 feet
||Depth: Greater than 800 feet
||Commissioned: Aug. 6, 1988|
|Displacement: 6,900 tons
||Keel Laid: Aug. 9, 1985
||Complement: 134 officers and enlisted crew|
USS San Juan (SSN 751), a Los Angeles-class submarine, is the third ship of the U.S. Navy to be named for San Juan, Puerto Rico. The contract to build it was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut on November 30, 1982 and the keel was laid down on August 9, 1985. The nuclear powered submarine was launched on December 6, 1986 sponsored by Mrs. Sherrill Hernandez, and commissioned on August 6, 1988, with Commander Charles Young in command.
The first San Juan (SP 1352) was acquired by the Navy from the San Juan Packing Company of Seattle and used as a minesweeper and patrol boat during World War I. The second San Juan (CL 54) was an Atlanta-class anti-aircraft cruiser that served during World War II. The third San Juan (SSN 751) was the first of the "improved" Los Angeles-class submarines, capable of under-ice operations.
San Juan was the first Los Angeles-class boat to receive a number of improvements to the class's basic design. San Juan and all following submarines in its class are quieter, incorporate an advanced BSY-1 sonar suite combat system, and are able to lay mines from their torpedo tubes. Their forward diving planes have been moved from the sail to the bow and the sail has been strengthened for breaking through ice.
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