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USS Baltimore (SSN-704)

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USS Baltimore (SSN-704) underway in moderate seas. Notice the trough beneath the sail.
United States
NameUSS Baltimore
Awarded31 October 1973
BuilderGeneral Dynamics Corporation
Laid down21 May 1979
Launched13 December 1980
Sponsored bythe Honorable Marjorie S. Holt
Commissioned24 July 1982
Decommissioned10 July 1998
Stricken10 July 1998
MottoFrom Sails to Atoms
FateTo be disposed of by submarine recycling
General characteristics
Class and typeLos Angeles-class submarine
Displacement5,714 tons light, 6,087 tons full, 373 tons dead
Length110.3 m (361 ft 11 in)
Beam10 m (32 ft 10 in)
Draft9.7 m (31 ft 10 in)
Depthover 800 ft (240 m)
Installed powerNuclear (Light Water Reactor)
PropulsionS6G nuclear reactor
Speedover 25 knots (46 km/h)
Complement12 officers and 98 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems
Armament4 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes
Baltimore during a VERTREP while underway

USS Baltimore (SSN-704), a Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered attack submarine, was the sixth ship of the United States Navy to be named for Baltimore, Maryland. 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 21 May 1979. She was launched on 13 December 1980 sponsored by Congresswoman Marjorie S. Holt, and commissioned on 24 July 1982. The vessel's logo was "From Sails to Atoms," as inscribed on the ships original plaque.

Baltimore was decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 10 July 1998. Ex-Baltimore is scheduled to be disposed of through the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program in Bremerton, Washington.


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