USS Toledo (SSN-769)
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|Namesake:||The City of Toledo, Ohio|
|Awarded:||10 June 1988|
|Builder:||Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company|
|Laid down:||6 May 1991|
|Launched:||28 August 1993|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. Sabra Smith|
|Commissioned:||24 February 1995|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2016[update]|
|Class & 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|
USS Toledo (SSN-769), a Los Angeles-class submarine, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for Toledo, Ohio. The contract to build her was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia on 10 June 1988 and her keel was laid down on 6 May 1991. She was launched on 28 August 1993 sponsored by Mrs. Sabra Smith, and commissioned on 24 February 1995, with Commander Jack Loye III in command. The submarine was a cover story of the 6 April 1998 issue US News & World Report.
On 7 December 2004, Toledo returned to Groton, Connecticut, after a six-month deployment in the Persian Gulf with the John F. Kennedy carrier strike group that included port calls in Crete, Dubai, and Bahrain. Her route home from Bahrain was unusual, rounding the Cape of Good Hope rather than using the Suez Canal. Once back in the North Atlantic, she was diverted for a classified drug interdiction mission with the Joint Interagency Task Force–South in the Caribbean Sea.
On 31 January 2006, Toledo again departed for a six-month deployment to CENTCOM. Port calls included Augusta Bay, Dubai, the British island territory of Diego Garcia and La Maddalena. The ship returned from this deployment on 31 July 2006 and a change of command ceremony took place in 2009 where Commander Reckamp relieved Commander Goldman.
Toledo left for another six-month deployment on 23 July 2010.
In December 2010 Toledo did a port call in Haifa. Commander Reckamp was received by the Haifa City Major Yona Yahav in the City Hall as is customary for visiting commanders of warships doing port calls in Haifa.
Northrop Grumman Corporation was awarded a contract from the U.S. Navy for maintenance work, known as a depot modernization period, on the nuclear-powered submarine USS Toledo (SSN 769). The initial planning contract was valued at approximately $34.7 million. The final value, including the actual execution, was $178.5 million. The ship arrived in December 2006 to Newport News, VA and the work was completed in March 2009. The project was delayed more than eight months because of more than 2,000 project changes. This was a competitive award under a Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) multiple award contract.
In July 2009 two hull cracks, including one in the pressure hull, were discovered during a routine inspection. The Navy has begun an investigation. Although the Navy and Northrop Grumman launched two investigations into welding practices at the yard while Toledo was under maintenance, the cracks do not appear to be related to welds.
Kursk-Toledo collision hypothesis
French filmmaker Jean-Michel Carré, in Kursk: a Submarine in Troubled Waters, which aired on 7 January 2005 on French TV channel France 2, alleged that Kursk sank because of a sequence of events triggered by a collision with the Toledo. According to Carré, Kursk was performing tests with Shkval torpedoes and the tests were being observed by two US submarines on duty in the region, USS Toledo and USS Memphis (SSN-691).