USS Pittsburgh (SSN-720)
USS Pittsburgh at a dockside ceremony in 1985.
|Namesake:||The City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|Awarded:||16 April 1979|
|Builder:||General Dynamics Electric Boat|
|Laid down:||15 April 1983|
|Launched:||8 December 1984|
|Commissioned:||23 November 1985|
|Motto:||Heart of Steel|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||Los Angeles-class submarine|
|Length:||110.3 m (361 ft 11 in)|
|Beam:||10 m (32 ft 10 in)|
|Draft:||9.4 m (30 ft 10 in)|
|Propulsion:||S6G nuclear reactor|
|Complement:||12 officers, 98 men|
|BQQ-5 passive sonar, BQS-15 detecting and ranging sonar, WLR-8 fire control radar receiver, WLR-9 acoustic receiver for detection of active search sonar and acoustic homing torpedoes, BRD-7 radio direction finder|
|Armament:||4 × 21 in (533 mm) bow tubes, 10 Mk48 ADCAP torpedo reloads, Tomahawk land attack missile block 3 SLCM range 1,700 nautical miles (3,100 km), Harpoon anti–surface ship missile range 70 nautical miles (130 km), mine laying Mk67 mobile Mk60 captor mines|
The contract to build Pittsburgh was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut on 16 April 1979 and her keel was laid down on 15 April 1983. She was launched on 8 December 1984 sponsored by Dr. Carol Sawyer, and commissioned on 23 November 1985, with Commander Raymond Setser in command.
USS Pittsburgh departed in October 2002 to deploy in the Mediterranean Sea. There, she again fired Tomahawk missiles into Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. She returned from that deployment on 27 April 2003.
On 6 November 2015, Cmdr. Neil Colston relieved Capt. William Solomon III as commanding officer of the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) in a time-honored ceremony. Capt. William Solomon III served as the Commanding Officer of the Pittsburgh from 10 Dec 2012 to 6 Nov 2015.
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