USS New York City (SSN-696)

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USS New York City (SSN-696)
United States
Name: USS New York City
Namesake: City of New York
Awarded: 24 January 1972
Builder: General Dynamics Corporation
Laid down: 15 December 1973
Launched: 18 June 1977
Commissioned: 3 March 1979
Decommissioned: 30 April 1997
Fate: To be disposed of by submarine recycling
Badge: USS New York SSN696.png
General characteristics
Class & type: Los Angeles-class submarine
  • 5,731 tons light
  • 6,111 tons full
  • 380 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 (26,000 kW), 1 auxiliary motor 325 hp (242 kW), 1 shaft
  • 15 knots (28 km/h) surfaced
  • 32 knots (59 km/h) submerged
Test depth: 290 m (950 ft)
Complement: 12 officers, 98 men
Armament: 4 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes aft of bow, UGM-84 Harpoon and Tomahawk missiles, Mark 48 torpedoes

USS New York City (SSN-696), a Los Angeles-class submarine, was the only warship of the United States Navy to be named specifically for New York City, as distinct from the U.S. state.


The contract to build New York City 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 15 December 1973. She was launched on 18 June 1977 sponsored by Mrs. James R. Schlesinger, delivered to the Navy on 23 January 1979, and commissioned on 3 March 1979 with Commander James A. Ross in command.

New York City was decommissioned and struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 30 April 1997 and entered the Ship-Submarine Recycling Program at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, in Kittery, Maine.