USS Topeka (SSN 754)
Commanding Officer - Cmdr. James Belz
Executive Officer - Lt. Cmdr. Benjamin Selph
Chief of the Boat - LSCS (SS) Glenn Hurdle Jr.
| Length: 362 feet
||Speed: Greater than 25 knots
||Launched: Jan. 23, 1988|
| Breadth: 33 feet
||Depth: Greater than 800 feet
||Commissioned: Oct. 21, 1989|
| Displacement: 6,900 tons
||Keel Laid: May 13, 1986
||Complement: 133 officers and enlisted crew|
USS Topeka (SSN 754), a Los Angeles-class submarine, is the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for Topeka, Kansas. The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut on Nov. 28, 1983 and her keel was laid down on May 13, 1986. She was launched on Jan. 23, 1988 sponsored by Elizabeth Dole and commissioned on Oct. 21, 1989, with Cmdr. Timothy Reichert in command.
The Topeka and USS Albany form a unique sub-class among Los Angeles class submarines. The pressure hulls of both ships were partially manufactured using stronger HY-100, instead of the HY-80 steel used in the manufacturing of all other Los Angeles class submarines. This was done to test construction methods using this steel, which would later be employed in the assembly of the new Seawolf-class submarines. This permits the Albany and Topeka to dive to a greater depth than any other member of the Los Angeles-class.