USS San Juan (SSN-751)
USS San Juan in Groton, Connecticutian waters in April 2003.
|Name:||USS San Juan|
|Namesake:||The City of San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|Awarded:||30 November 1982|
|Builder:||General Dynamics Electric Boat|
|Laid down:||9 August 1985|
|Launched:||6 December 1986|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. Sherrill Hernandez|
|Commissioned:||6 August 1988|
|Out of service:||
|Motto:||Technology and Tradition|
|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|
|BSY-1 sonar suite combat system|
USS San Juan (SSN-751), a Los Angeles-class submarine, is the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for San Juan, Puerto Rico. The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut on 30 November 1982 and her keel was laid down on 9 August 1985. She was launched on 6 December 1986 sponsored by Mrs. Sherrill Hernandez, and commissioned on 6 August 1988, with CDR Charles Young in command.
As of December 2014 the San Juan is commanded by CDR John Craddock.
San Juan was the first Los Angeles class (688-class) submarine to receive a number of significant improvements to the class's basic design, creating the 688I (for "improved 688"). San Juan and all following submarines in her class are quieter, incorporated an advanced AN/BSY-1 sonar suite combat system. The improvements also included the ability to lay mines from the torpedo tubes. The San Juan 's sail was also strengthened, enabling the ability to break through ice.
First through ice surfacing
Collision with USS Kentucky
On 19 March 1998 off the coast of Long Island, New York the submerged San Juan collided with the surfaced fleet ballistic missile submarine USS Kentucky (SSBN-737). There were no injuries reported with the collision.
On 13 March 2007, San Juan was the subject of a search and rescue mission by elements of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group when a red flare was spotted in her projected vicinity, suggesting an emergency. Communications were established by the early hours of the next day when San Juan surfaced, and no problems were indicated.
Visit to South Africa
The San Juan and crew arrived at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY), Maine, on 8 April 2010 for an engineered overhaul (EOH); for maintenance and receive system upgrades. On 4 August 2011, PNSY Shipyard workers successfully undocked San Juan one day early from the overhaul.
As of 2012 the San Juan was assigned to Submarine Group Two. Submarine Group 2 was disestablished in 2014, and ultimately the submarine is part of Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (COMSUBLANT).
- Battle E - 30 September 1991
- Battle E - 30 September 1992
- Battle E - 30 September 1994
- Navy Unit Commendation - 1 July 1994
- Meritorious Unit Commendation - 1 July 1997
- Meritorious Unit Commendation - 10 December 1998
- Battle E - 31 December 2002
- Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - 31 March 2003
- Meritorious Unit Commendation - 5 October 2005
- Meritorious Unit Commendation - 22 November 2009
- Battle E – 8 January 2010
- Battle Effectiveness Award - 12 Juanuary 2017
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This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain.
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