USS Baltimore (SSN-704)

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USS Baltimore (SSN-704) Underway.jpg
USS Baltimore (SSN-704) underway in moderate seas. Notice the trough beneath the sail.
United States
Name: USS Baltimore
Awarded: 31 October 1973
Builder: General Dynamics Corporation
Laid down: 21 May 1979
Launched: 13 December 1980
Sponsored by: the Honorable Marjorie S. Holt
Commissioned: 24 July 1982
Decommissioned: 10 July 1998
Struck: 10 July 1998
Motto: From Sails to Atoms
Fate: To be disposed of by submarine recycling
Badge: Insignia of SSN-704 USS Baltimore.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Los Angeles-class submarine
Tonnage: 6900
Displacement: 5,714 tons light, 6,087 tons full, 373 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)
Depth: over 800 ft (240 m)
Decks: 3
Installed power: Nuclear (Light Water Reactor)
Propulsion: S6G nuclear reactor
Speed: over 25 knots (46 km/h)
Complement: 12 officers and 98 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
Armament: 4 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes
USS Baltimore (SSN-704)

USS Baltimore (SSN-704), a Los Angeles-class 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 with Captain Michael D. Bradley in command. 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.