USS Springfield (SSN-761)

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USS Springfield (SSN-761)
USS Springfield
Career (US)
Namesake: The Cities of Springfield, Illinois and Springfield, Massachusetts
Awarded: 21 March 1986
Builder: General Dynamics Electric Boat
Laid down: 29 January 1990
Launched: 4 January 1992
Sponsored by: Lynn Morley Martin
Commissioned: 9 January 1993
Homeport: Groton, Connecticut
Motto: United for Freedom
Status: in active service, as of 2014
Badge: 761insig.png
General characteristics
Class & type: Los Angeles-class submarine
Displacement: 6,000 long tons (6,096 t) light
6,927 long tons (7,038 t) full
927 long tons (942 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
Speed:

Surfaced:20 knots (23 mph; 37 km/h)

Submerged: +20 knots (23 mph; 37 km/h) (official)
Complement: 12 officers, 98 men
Armament: 4 × 21 in (533 mm) bow tubes
10 × Mk48 ADCAP torpedo reloads
Tomahawk land attack missile block 3 SLCM range 1,700 nautical miles (3,100 km)
Harpoon anti–surface ship missile range 70 nautical miles (130 km)
mine laying Mk67 mobile Mk60 captor mines

USS Springfield (SSN-761), a Los Angeles-class submarine, is the fourth ship of the United States Navy to bear that name. The ship was named in honor of both the cities of Springfield, Illinois and Springfield, Massachusetts.

The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut on 21 March 1986, and her keel was laid down on 29 January 1990. She was launched on 4 January 1992 sponsored by the Honorable Lynn Martin, and commissioned on 9 January 1993 with Commander Richard K. Ford in command. Springfield is homeported at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton and is assigned to Submarine Squadron FOUR.

In mid-2004, Springfield began an extensive overhaul, or Depot Modernization Period (DMP), at the Electric Boat shipyard in Groton. In addition to normal periodic maintenance and repairs, Springfield received extensive modernization in fire control systems, sonar processing, weapons launch systems, and communications outfit, a ring laser gyro inertial navigation system, as well as stealth improvements and engine room upgrades. The modernization was the first major overhaul and repair job for Electric Boat in almost 25 years.[1] Originally awarded as a 12 month, $26.3 million depot modernization,[2] Springfield was to be the test case for the possibility of awarding future repair and overhaul contracts to Electric Boat. The overhaul was plagued by cost and time overruns, and when finally completed in December 2005, it was several months late and well over budget.

Awards[edit]

Springfield has deployed overseas on many occasions and earned several Meritorious Unit Commendations and Battle "E" Efficiency awards.

In 1998, Springfield won the Captain Edward F. Ney Silver Cup Trophy for outstanding food service (first place in the submarine category). The Ney Memorial Awards, presented annually to the top Navy galleys in ten categories, were established by the Secretary of the Navy and the International Food Service Executives Association (IFSEA) in 1958.[3][4]

In 2002 the ship received the Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy for most improved ship in the Atlantic Fleet,[5][6][7] while under command of Commander D.P. Forney.

In 2003 the ship was awarded the Retention Excellence Award for her squadron.[8] She has also won multiple awards for Navigation, Engineering, Medical, Supply, Damage Control and Deck Seamanship excellence in various years.

On July 14th 2014, command of the ship was changed to Commander Daniel Lombardo at a ceremony in Groton, Connecticut.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Electric Boat Paint Process Transformation" (pdf). [dead link]
  2. ^ "Navy awards EB $10M for submarine maintenance planning" (Press release). General Dynamics Electric Boat Corporation. 26 September 2003. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Navy and Marine Corps food service award winners announced" (Press release). Navy News Wire. 5 February 1998.  Quoted in "Navy and Marine Corps food service award winners announced". SeabeeCook.com. SeabeeCook Publishing. 27 July 1999. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  4. ^ International Food Service Executives Association. "Military Awards Overview by Military Branch". Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  5. ^ "Captain Daniel P. Forney, U.S. Navy" (Press release). Public Affairs Office, Naval Submarine School. 6 September 2007. 
  6. ^ "Springfield wins Arleigh Burke Award". The Dolphin (Groton, Connecticut: Journal Register Company). 10 July 2003. [not in citation given]
  7. ^ "Bravo Zulu Springfield". The Dolphin (Groton, Connecticut: Journal Register Company). 11 December 2003. [not in citation given]
  8. ^ Savage, Mark A. (1 March 2004). "NSSC Receives Fiscal Year '03 Retention Excellence Award". Navy News Service. 
  9. ^ "USS Springfield celebrates change-of-command in Groton" (html). The Bulletin. 25 July 2014. 

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