USS Washington (SSN 787)
USS Washington is completing construction at Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., and is scheduled to join the fleet in 2017. She is the 14th Virginia-class submarine. Her Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) crew began manning up in January 2014 to support the extensive testing, qualifications, and preparations required to bring a nuclear submarine to life. When delivered, Washington will be the most technologically advanced submarine in service; her design incorporates significant innovations to reduce acquisition costs over earlier boats of the class without impacting mission capabilities.
Boat's sponsor: Elisabeth Mabus
Commanding Officer: Capt. Jason Schneider
Executive Officer: Lt. Cmdr. Brian M. Rhoades
Chief of the Boat: ITSCM (SS) Adam Burchette
USS Colorado (PCU 788)
USS Colorado (PCU 788) is the 15th Virginia-class fast-attack submarine and the fifth Virginia-class Block III submarine. Virginia submarines are constructed in a joint partnership between General Dynamics Electric Boat and Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding. The boat began construction in March of 2012 and is tracking to a late 2017 commissioning. Colorado is currently completing her construction at the Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Conn.
Boat's sponsor: Anne Mabus
Commanding Officer: Cmdr. Ken Franklin
Executive Officer: Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Col
Chief of the Boat: ETCM (SS) Freddie Richter
USS Indiana (PCU 789)
USS Indiana (PCU 789) is the 16th Virginia-class fast-attack submarine and the sixth Virginia-class Block III submarine. The boat began construction in September of 2012 and will be christened on April 29, 2017 when the boat’s sponsor, Mrs. Diane Donald, breaks a bottle of champagne on the bow.
Boat's sponsor: Diane Donald
Commanding Officer: Cmdr. Zimbauer
Executive Officer: Lt. Cmdr. Heineman
Chief of the Boat: Master Chief Herring
USS Albuquerque (SSN 706)
After 33 years of service, the Los Angeles-class submarine USS Albuquerque was decommissioned February 27 at Keyport Undersea Museum.
The keel was laid by the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics in 1979, and she was launched March 13, 1982. Albuquerque was commissioned on May 21, 1983, at Naval Base New London, and deployed 21 times to every corner of the globe, accumulating approximately 1.1 million nautical miles steamed, the equivalent of 52 global circumnavigations. She performed 1,075 dives, made port calls in over 35 foreign ports, participated in over 18 major international naval exercises, and had 14 commanding officers. The boat earned three Navy Unit Commendations, four Meritorious Unit Commendations, and four Battle Efficiency “E” Awards.
USS Dallas (SSN 700)
The star of “The Hunt for Red October” returned from its final overseas deployment last November and, after 33 years in the fleet, will be inactivated.
As one of 42 Los Angeles-class submarines remaining in the fleet, it was the first attack submarine to carry a dry-deck shelter, which housed a vehicle for launching and recovering special operations forces. Dallas was commissioned July 18, 1981 as the seventh member in a class of 61 submarines.
Dallas was initially attached to Submarine Development Squadron 12 in New London, Conn., and was used for research and development projects. She had one Indian Ocean, three Mediterranean, seven North Atlantic deployments, and circumnavigated the globe. She also participated in Operations Desert Shield/Storm in the 1990s.
The Navy postponed the decommissioning of Dallas to 2017 from her earlier scheduled retirement in 2015, a decision that saved $10m in pre-inactivation restricted availability (PIRA) costs and enabled the Navy to focus on mission requirements and balance workload and workforce needs across the force.
USS Buffalo (SSN 715)
Over her more than 30 years, USS Buffalo conducted 11 deployments. As diplomats of the United States, the submarine’s crew participated in port calls in Australia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Saipan, Japan, Singapore, and Thailand.
Buffalo participated in eight multinational exercises working with Japan, Australia, ROK, and Thailand to include Operation Valiant Shield, undersea warfare exercises, security exercises, and Cooperation Afloat Operation and Training exercises.
Buffalo is a Los Angeles-class submarine and was built by Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock, launched in 1982, and commissioned in November 1983. On several occasions, she was recognized as the best submarine in Submarine Squadron 15 for Battle Efficiency. Buffalo was the 2011 Pacific Fleet Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy Award recipient for superior performance and improved battle efficiency.
USS San Francisco (SSN 711)
The contract to build USS San Francisco was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. in 1975, and her keel was laid down in 1977. She was launched on October 27, 1979, and commissioned on April 24, 1981.
Following an initial shakedown cruise, San Francisco joined Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet and moved to her homeport at Pearl Harbor. San Francisco completed deployments in 1982, 1983, 1985, and 1986 with the U.S. Seventh Fleet and various independent operations in the Pacific in 1986 earning the Battle Efficiency “E” for Submarine Squadron Seven in 1985. She earned a Navy Unit Commendation, a second Battle Efficiency “E” for Submarine Squadron Seven, and her crew was awarded the Navy Expeditionary Medal for independent operations in 1988.
In 1994 the submarine was awarded the Commander Submarine Squadron Seven “T” for excellence in tactical operations and a Meritorious Unit Commendation for the 1994 Western Pacific deployment.