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USS Columbus (SSN-762) performing an emergency surfacing
Name: USS Columbus
Namesake: The City of Columbus, Ohio
Awarded: 21 March 1986
Builder: General Dynamics Electric Boat
Laid down: 9 January 1991
Launched: 1 August 1992
Commissioned: 24 July 1993
Homeport: Pearl Harbor
Status: in active service, as of 2010
Badge: 762insig.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Los Angeles-class submarine
Displacement: 6,000 long tons (6,096 t) light
6,927 long tons (7,038 t) full
927 long tons (942 t) dead
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

Surfaced:20 knots (23 mph; 37 km/h)

Submerged: +20 knots (23 mph; 37 km/h) (official)
Complement: 12 officers, 98 men
Sensors and
processing systems:
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

USS Columbus (SSN-762), a Los Angeles-class submarine, was the fourth ship of the United States Navy to be named for Columbus, Ohio. The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut on 21 March 1986 and her keel was laid down on 9 January 1991. She was launched on 1 August 1992 sponsored by Mrs. Margaret DeMars, and commissioned on 24 July 1993 with Commander Carl M. Smeigh, Jr. in command.

Operational history

Columbus completed a Post Shipyard Availability in June 1994 in Groton, Connecticut after initial construction and shakedown operations. In September 1994, the ship conducted an interfleet transfer to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and joined the U.S. Pacific Fleet Submarine Force. Columbus deployed to the Western Pacific in late 1995 through early 1996 and conducted a variety of operations as a unit of the U.S. 7th Fleet along the way making port visits in Hong Kong, Subic Bay, Guam, and Yokosuka, Japan.[1]

Columbus was the first Submarine equipped with the BYG-1 Fire Control System in December 2002.[2] Two successful test launches of Tactical Tomahawk (Block IV) cruise missiles were conducted in late May 2003 from USS Columbus (SSN 762), underway in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California.[3] Columbus departed Pearl Harbor for another western pacific deployment in late 2003 [4] and visited Chinhae, South Korea, Singapore, and Japan while taking part in Annual-Ex 2003(exercise) with various units of the Japanese Navy Defense force.[5]

In mid-April 2006 seven Columbus crewmen were charged with a variety of offenses, including assault, dereliction of duty, and hazing, for alleged attacks on two of their shipmates. The accused range from a petty officer third class (E-4) to a senior chief (E-8)[6]. A complete report on the situation was completed on 30 May. On 13 June, the Navy announced the dismissal of Columbus's commanding officer, Commander Charles Marquez because of concerns about his "ability to establish and maintain appropriate standards of professional conduct, provide the crew a safe, positive, professional environment in which to work, and maintain good order and discipline"[7][8]. Captain Brian McIlvaine, former commanding officer of USS Ohio (SSGN-726), replaced Marquez temporarily. After about one month CAPT McIlvaine was replaced with CDR James Doody on July 14, 2006. At the end of a DMP (depot modernization period) In Bremerton, Washington, Columbus relocated back to Pearl Harbor on December 22, 2006.

Columbus departed Pearl Harbor in March 2008 for a regularly scheduled six-month deployment, during which they supported theater security cooperation efforts and conducted port visits to Saipan, Guam, Okinawa, Sasebo, and Yokosuka, Japan.[9] In January 2009 Columbus won the Submarine Squadron 7 Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") award, given to the submarine crew that best demonstrates technical proficiency and continual mission readiness throughout the year.[10] CDR David Minyard relieved CDR Doody as Commanding Officer on May 8, 2009.[11] In July 2009, the Chief of Naval Operations announced that the ship was the Pacific Fleet winner of the Calendar Year 2008 Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy.[12]


  • 1995 Pacific Fleet Golden Anchor Award
  • 1995 Red Engineering "E"
  • 1995 Yellow Medical "M"
  • 1996 Meritorious Unit Commendation [13]
  • 1997 Supply Blue "E"
  • 1998 Pacific Fleet Silver Anchor Award
  • 1998 Engineering "E"
  • 1998 Deck Seamanship [14]
  • 2002 Red Green Navigational “N”
  • 2003 Navy Unit Commendation
  • 2003 Tactical “T"
  • 2003 Communications “C”
  • 2004 Medical “M” [15]
  • 2008 Department of the Navy Safety Excellence Award [16]
  • 2008 Battle "E", Damage Control 'DC', Navigation 'N', Communications 'C', and Supply Blue 'E' [17]
  • 2008 Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy [12]


This article includes information collected from the public domain sources Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships and Naval Vessel Register.



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