USS Minneapolis–Saint Paul (SSN-708)

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For ships with similar names, see USS Minneapolis and USS Saint Paul.
USS Minneapolis-St. Paul (SSN-708)
USS Minneapolis–Saint Paul (SSN-708)
Career (US)
Ordered: 31 October 1973
Laid down: 20 January 1981
Launched: 19 March 1983
Commissioned: 10 March 1984
Decommissioned: 28 August 2008
Out of service: 22 June 2007
Homeport: Pearl Harbor, HI
General characteristics
Class & type: Los Angeles-class submarine
Displacement: 5695 tons light, 6068 tons full, 373 tons dead
Length: 110.3 meters (362 ft)
Beam: 10 meters (33 ft)
Draft: 9.7 meters (32 ft)
Propulsion: one S6G reactor
Range: Unlimited distance; 20-25 years
Complement: 12 officers, 98 men

USS Minneapolis–Saint Paul (SSN-708), a Los Angeles-class submarine, was the first vessel of the United States Navy to be named for the metropolitan area of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota, although each city had been honored twice before. The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut on 31 October 1973 and her keel was laid down on 20 January 1981. She was launched on 19 March 1983 sponsored by Mrs. Penny Durenberger (wife of Senator David Durenberger), and commissioned on 10 March 1984, with Commander Ralph Schlichter in command.

While Minneapolis-St. Paul was the first vessel named for the Twin Cities as a whole, she is the third ship to be named for Minneapolis as well as the third to be named for St. Paul. The previous St. Paul, CA-73, was the last big-gun heavy cruiser in the United States Navy, and held the distinction of having fired the final shot of World War II.

History[edit]

Minneapolis–Saint Paul took part in Operation Desert Shield and the Gulf War and was the first submarine to carry Tomahawk missiles specifically designated for use in strikes against Iraq during the Gulf War.

Four crew members were washed overboard by heavy waves on 29 December 2006 in Plymouth Sound, England as the ship was exiting HMNB Devonport on the surface following a port call. This resulted in the deaths of Senior Chief Petty Officer Thomas Higgins (Chief of the Boat) and Sonar Technician (Submarines) 2nd Class Michael Holtz. After the preliminary investigation, Commander Edwin Ruff, the Commanding Officer, received a punitive letter of reprimand and was relieved of command.[1][2]

Minneapolis-St. Paul conducted inter-fleet transfer from Norfolk VA to Pearl Harbor HI in July 2007 for decommissioning. Custody of Minneapolis-Saint Paul was transferred to Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in August 2008. [3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ CNN article on preliminary investigation, 19 Jan 07[dead link]
  2. ^ Wilcock, David (21 June 2011). "Nuclear submarine incident 'close to catastrophe'". The Independent. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Minneapolis-Saint Paul". Naval Vessel Register. 21 January 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2013.