USS Birmingham (SSN-695)

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USS Birmingham SSN-695.jpg
Birmingham underway
History
United States
Name: USS Birmingham
Awarded: 24 January 1972
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding
Laid down: 26 April 1975
Launched: 29 October 1977
Commissioned: 16 December 1978
Decommissioned: 22 December 1997
Motto: Simpliciter Optimus
Fate: To be disposed of by submarine recycling
Badge: 695insig.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Los Angeles-class submarine
Displacement:
  • 5,789 tons light
  • 6,159 tons full
  • 370 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, 2 turbines, 35,000 hp (26 MW), 1 auxiliary motor 325 hp (242 kW), 1 shaft
Speed:
  • 15 knots (28 km/h) surfaced
  • 32 knots (59 km/h) submerged
Test depth: Greater than 400 ft (120 m)
Complement: 12 officers; 98 enlisted
Armament:
  • 4 × 21 in (533 mm) bow torpedo tubes
    • Mk 48-AdCap torpedoes
    • SubRoc anti-submarine rockets
    • Tomahawk cruise missiles

USS Birmingham (SSN-695), a Los Angeles-class submarine, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for Birmingham, Alabama. The contract to build her was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia on 24 January 1972 and her keel was laid down on 26 April 1975. She was launched on 29 October 1977 sponsored by Mrs. Maryon Allen, and commissioned on 16 December 1978, with Commander Paul L. Callahan in command.

Birmingham was decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 22 December 1997. Ex-Birmingham was scheduled to enter the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program in Bremerton, Washington on 1 October 2012.[1] In September 2015, Birmingham's conning tower was placed on static display at Defense Supply Center Columbus.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morison, Samuel L. "US Naval Battle Force Changes 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2010" (PDF). Proceedings. US Naval Institute (May 2011). 
  2. ^ Image 150923-D-LC637-004. Former members of the USS Birmingham submarine stand next to the ships’ sail with Rear Adm. John King, DLA Land and Maritime commander, Sept. 23 after the ribbon cutting ceremony to open the brand new Mission Park on Defense Supply Center Columbus.

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