USS Connecticut (SSN-22)

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For other ships of the same name, see USS Connecticut.
USS Connecticut (SSN-22) departing on her first scheduled deployment on 1 May 2002
USS Connecticut (SSN-22) departing on her first scheduled deployment on 1 May 2002.
Career (US)
Name: USS Connecticut
Namesake: The U.S. State of Connecticut
Ordered: 3 May 1991
Builder: General Dynamics Electric Boat
Laid down: 14 September 1992
Launched: 1 September 1997
Commissioned: 11 December 1998
Homeport: Kitsap Naval Base, Bremerton, Washington
Motto: "Arsenal of the Nation"
Status: in active service, as of 2014
Badge: USS Connecticut COA.png
General characteristics
Class & type: Seawolf-class submarine
Displacement: 7,568 tons light, 9,137 tons full, 1,569 tons dead
Length: 107.5 meters (353 feet) overall, 107.5 meters (353 feet) waterline
Beam: 12.1 meters (40 feet)
Draft: 10.9 meters (36 feet)
Propulsion: One S6W reactor
Complement: 15 officers, 101 men
Armament: Eight 26-inch torpedo tubes, 40 torpedoes and missiles, or 100 mines

USS Connecticut (SSN-22), a Seawolf-class submarine, is the fifth ship of the United States Navy to be named for the fifth state.

The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut on 3 May 1991 and her keel was laid down on 14 September 1992. She was launched on 1 September 1997 sponsored by Patricia L. Rowland, wife of the Governor of Connecticut, John G. Rowland, and commissioned on 11 December 1998 with Captain Larry Davis in command.

1999 was spent conducting shakedown operations that evaluated Connecticut's weapons systems, sensors, stealth and engineering proficiency. She participated in Joint Task Force Exercise 2-99 as an opposing force asset, and completed acoustic trials, a shallow water exercise, and an anti-submarine warfare exercise.

In September 1999 Connecticut began a Post-Shakedown Availability (PSA) at the Electric Boat shipyard. Despite 100 percent growth in the amount of PSA work, making this the submarine force's most demanding PSA, Connecticut completed all work ahead of schedule. Additionally, this PSA concluded as the safest in the 100-year history of Electric Boat.

In April 2003, Connecticut surfaced through the Arctic ice at the University of Washington's Applied Physics Laboratory Ice Station (APLIS). While there, she came under attack by a polar bear, which gnawed on her rudder for a while before disengaging.[1]

Connecticut breaks polar ice and is encountered by a polar bear.

On 31 March 2004 Connecticut put to sea in support of the War on Terrorism as part of the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), returning to NSB New London on 2 September with a pierside band blasting Thin Lizzy's "The Boys Are Back in Town". For the next three years, the Connecticut was largely confined to port as she underwent a prolonged maintenance cycle.

In early 2007, it was announced that the Connecticut would be transferred to Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, in Washington's Puget Sound, following a six-month deployment commencing on 25 July 2007.[2] She would be the last of the Navy's three Seawolf-class submarines to be transferred from New London to Kitsap as part of a larger U.S. Navy realignment shifting 60 percent of the fleet's submarines to the Pacific.[3][4] Upon arrival at Kitsap on 30 January 2008, the Connecticut joined her Seawolf sisters in Submarine Development Squadron Five.[1][5]

In early 2011, Connecticut participated in ICEX 2011 in order to "train today’s submarines in the challenging Arctic environment,” as well as "refine and validate procedures and required equipment." [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Friedrich, Ed (29 January 2009). "Feels Just Like Old Home to USS Connecticut Crew". Kitsap Sun. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  2. ^ Grogan, Jennnifer (16 July 2007). "Connecticut's Namesake Sub Leaving Groton For New Home" (Fee required). The Day (New London, CT: The Day Publishing Company). Retrieved 2007-07-17. 
  3. ^ 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review. U.S. Department of Defense. 6 February 2006. p. 47. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  4. ^ Barber, Mike (1 February 2008). "Navy's fast-attack submarine signals new mission in Pacific". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  5. ^ Rowley, Eric (30 January 2008). "USS Connecticut Arrives Home to Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton". Navy.mil. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  6. ^ Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic Public Affairs. "Navy Announces Submarines Participating in ICEX 2011". Retrieved 21 March 2011. 

Based on the Naval Vessel Register, various press releases and former shipmates.

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