USS Birmingham (SSN-695)

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USS Birmingham (SSN-695)
Career
Name: USS Birmingham
Awarded: 24 January 1972
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding
Laid down: 26 April 1975
Launched: 29 October 1977
Commissioned: 16 December 1978
Decommissioned: 22 December 1997
Motto: Simpliciter Optimus
Fate: To be disposed of by submarine recycling
Badge: 695insig.png
General characteristics
Class & type: Los Angeles class submarine
Displacement: 5,789 tons light
6,159 tons full
370 tons dead
Length: 110.3 m (361 ft 11 in)
Beam: 10 m (32 ft 10 in)
Draft: 9.7 m (31 ft 10 in)
Propulsion: S6G nuclear reactor, 2 turbines, 35,000 hp (26 MW), 1 auxiliary motor 325 hp (242 kW), 1 shaft
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h) surfaced
32 knots (59 km/h) submerged
Test depth: Greater than 400 ft (120 m)
Complement: 12 Officers; 98 Enlisted
Armament: 4 × 21 in (533 mm) bow tubes, Mk 48-AdCap torpedoes, SubRoc anti-submarine rockets and Tomahawk cruise missiles.

USS Birmingham (SSN-695), a Los Angeles-class submarine, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for Birmingham, Alabama. The contract to build her was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia on 24 January 1972 and her keel was laid down on 26 April 1975. She was launched on 29 October 1977 sponsored by Mrs. Maryon Allen, and commissioned on 16 December 1978, with Commander Paul L. Callahan in command.

Birmingham was decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 22 December 1997. Ex-Birmingham is scheduled to enter the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program in Bremerton, Washington.

In fiction[edit]

Footage taken during the commissioning trials for the USS Birmingham was used in the film The Hunt for Red October. The hull number (SSN-695) is easily readable on the submarine in the film. This denotes that the footage was taken during commissioning trials as the numbers are removed before active service.

External links[edit]

This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain.