USS Indianapolis (SSN-697)
Indianapolis in harbour
|Awarded:||24 January 1972|
|Builder:||General Dynamics Corporation|
|Laid down:||19 October 1974|
|Launched:||30 July 1977|
|Commissioned:||5 January 1980|
|Decommissioned:||22 December 1998|
|Struck:||22 December 1998|
|Fate:||To be disposed of by submarine recycling|
|Class and type:||Los Angeles-class submarine|
|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 with D1G Core 2 Reactor, 148 MW|
|Complement:||12 officers, 98 enlisted|
|Armament:||4 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes|
The third USS Indianapolis (SSN-697), a Los Angeles-class submarine, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for Indianapolis, Indiana. The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut, on 24 January 1972 and her keel was laid down on 19 October 1974. She was launched on 30 July 1977 sponsored by Mrs. William G. Bray, and commissioned on 5 January 1980, with Commander Harry P. Salmon, Jr., in command.
When the submarine Indianapolis was commissioned, many survivors of the cruiser Indianapolis were present for the official ceremony. The submarine's home port was shifted to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in 1981, operating out of Pearl Harbor for the remainder of its active service.
The commanding officers of USS Indianapolis include:
- CDR Harry P. Salmon
- CDR Gordon W. Hutt
- CDR Harry P. Salmon (who took command a second time following a medical emergency at sea with CDR Hutt)
- CDR Steven V. Gray
- CDR R. S. Holbrook
- CDR Harry L. Sheffield
- CDR Thomas F. Gorman
- CDR David A Zacharias
- CDR Douglas P. Johnson
- CDR William J. Toti
As a result of the ship's final deployment from April to October 1997, under the command of CDR William Toti, the vessel was awarded the Battle Efficiency E and a Navy Unit Commendation. Both were the first time the submarine had received such awards in its 18-year history. During CDR Toti's tenure as commanding officer Indianapolis also received several other awards, even including the Ney Award.
- This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register and various press releases.