USS Augusta (SSN-710)

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USS Augusta (SSN-710)
US Navy 050908-N-0653J-003 Sailors aboard the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Augusta (SSN 710) work together to moor their submarine to the pier.jpg
United States
Namesake: Augusta, Maine
Awarded: 10 December 1973
Builder: General Dynamics Corporation
Laid down: 1 April 1983
Launched: 21 January 1984
Acquired: 5 December 1984
Commissioned: 19 January 1985
Decommissioned: 11 February 2009
Homeport: Groton, Connecticut
Motto: Protecting The Frontier Since 1754 "Any Mission, Any Time"
Nickname(s): "Gussie"
Honors and
Arctic Service, Navy Expeditionary, Battle "E", Navy Unit Commendation,Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary, Global War On Terrorism Service, Sea Service
Fate: To be disposed of by submarine recycling
Badge: 710insig.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Los Angeles-class submarine
Displacement: 5,786 tons light, 6,927 tons full, 378 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
  • Surfaced:20 knots (23 mph; 37 km/h)
  • Submerged: +20 knots (23 mph; 37 km/h) (official)
Complement: 15 officers, 115 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
BQQ-5 passive sonar, BQS-15 detecting and ranging sonar, WLR-8 fire control radar receiver, WLR-9 acoustic receiver for detection of active search sonar and acoustic homing torpedoes, BRD-7 radio direction finder[1]
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
Service record
Operations: Iraq War (2003)

USS Augusta (SSN-710), a Los Angeles-class submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for Augusta, Maine. (There were three other ships named USS Augusta that were named for Augusta, Georgia). 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 1 April 1983. She was launched on 21 January 1984 sponsored by Mrs. Diana D. Cohen, and commissioned on 19 January 1985, with Commander Thomas W. Turner in command.

1986 collision[edit]

The Soviet Navy claims that on 3 October 1986, Augusta, commanded by James von Suskil, collided with the 667AU Nalim (Yankee-I) class ballistic missile submarine K-219, commanded by Igor Britanov, off the coast of Bermuda.[2] The United States Navy states that K-219 was disabled by an internal explosion.

CBS news report that the USS Augusta (SSN-710) "very possibly" collided with a Soviet submarine.[3]

The Department of Defense reports the USS Augusta requires $2.7 million worth of repairs due to damage in an undersea collision while on a routine training patrol.[3] On October 31, 1986 the Augusta entered dry-dock at Electric Boat to have its sonar dome replaced. On December 13, 1986 the repairs were completed and Augusta refloated.[4]

Later service[edit]

In July 1987, shortly after that repair work was completed, Augusta began service as trials boat for the BQG-5D Wide Aperture Array (WAA) passive sonar system and carrying the prototype BQQ-10 ARCI sonars, which incorporate off-the-shelf computer components, allowing easy introduction of modular upgrades.

In 2003, the USS Augusta was one of a handful of submarines participating in Tomahawk Strikes against Iraq in the opening of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The boat successfully launched missiles against all assigned missions leaving the theater with 100% completion.

The USS Augusta underwent extensive maintenance during 2006 to prepare for six-month deployment in 2007, which began in March and completed in September. Augusta changed its homeport to Norfolk Naval Shipyard where it began decommissioning in January 2008.

USS Augusta began decommissioning in January 2008, and completed the disassembly of her reactor on 24 November 2008.[5][citation needed]


This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.

  1. ^ Polmar, Norman "The U. S. Navy Electronic Warfare (Part 1)" United States Naval Institute Proceedings October 1979 p.137
  2. ^ Huchthausen, Peter A.; Kurdin, Igor; White, Robin A. (1997). Hostile Waters. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 9780312169282.
  3. ^ a b Arkin, William; Handler, Joshua (June 1989), Neptune Paper No. 3: Naval Accidents 1945 - 1988 (PDF), Washington, D.C.: Greenpeace/Institute for Policy Studies, p. 70, retrieved November 15, 2017
  4. ^ "USS AUGUSTA SSN 710". November 9, 2017. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
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