USS Albany (SSN-753)

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USS Albany (SSN-753)
USS Albany (SSN-753)
Career (US)
Namesake: The City of Albany, New York
Awarded: 29 November 1983
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company
Laid down: 22 April 1985
Launched: 13 June 1987
Sponsored by: Mrs. Nancy M. Kissinger
Commissioned: 7 April 1990
Homeport: Norfolk, Virginia
Motto: Still Making History
Status: in active service, as of 2014
Badge: USS Albany SSN-753 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class & type: Los Angeles-class submarine
Displacement: 5,746 long tons (5,838 t) light
6,148 long tons (6,247 t) full
402 long tons (408 t) dead
Length: 110.3 m (361 ft 11 in)
Beam: 10 m (32 ft 10 in)
Draft: 9.4 m (30 ft 10 in)
Propulsion: S6G nuclear reactor
Complement: 15 officers, 98 men

USS Albany (SSN-753), a Los Angeles-class submarine, was the fifth ship of the United States Navy to be named for Albany, New York. The contract to build her was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia on 29 November 1983 and her keel was laid down on 22 April 1985. She was launched on 13 June 1987 sponsored by Nancy M. Kissinger, wife of Henry Kissinger, and was commissioned on 7 April 1990 with Commander Darl R. Anderson in command.

Albany was the last US submarine built via the traditional "keel up" ship construction method.[citation needed] Thus, it was the last submarine to "launch" down the shipway.

The Albany and USS Topeka, differ from other members of the Los Angeles class as their pressure hulls were partially manufactured using stronger HY-100 steel rather than 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.[1]

On 30 July 2004 Albany returned to Norfolk, Virginia, after a six-month deployment that began in the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman, then proceeded to the Mediterranean Sea for a NATO exercise, Operation "MEDSHARK/Majestic Eagle."

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baker 1998, p. 1009.
  • Baker, A.D. (1998). The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World 1998–1999. Annapolis, Maryland, USA: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-111-4. 
  • Miller, David (2002). The Illustrated Directory of Submarines of the World. Motor Books International. ISBN 0-7603-1345-8. 

This article includes information collected from the public domain sources Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships and Naval Vessel Register.

Albany in the Gulf of Oman, 2004