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USS Los Angeles (SSN-688)
Name: USS Los Angeles
Namesake: The City of Los Angeles
Awarded: 8 January 1971
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding
Laid down: 8 January 1972
Launched: 6 April 1974
Commissioned: 13 November 1976
Homeport: Pearl Harbor
Status: in active service, as of 2010
Badge: 688insig.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Los Angeles class submarine
Displacement: 5,700 tons light
6,072 tons full
1,372 tons 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
2 turbines
35,000 horsepower (26 MW)
1 auxiliary motor 325 horsepower (242 kW)
1 shaft
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h) surfaced
30 knots (56 km/h) submerged (actual top speed classified)
Test depth: 290 m (950 ft)
Complement: 13 Officers; 121 Enlisted
Armament: 4 × 21 in (533 mm) bow tubes
Mark 48 torpedo
Harpoon missile
Tomahawk cruise missile

USS Los Angeles (SSN-688), lead ship of her class of submarines, is the fourth ship of the United States Navy to be named for Los Angeles, California. The contract to build her was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia on 8 January 1971 and her keel was laid down on 8 January 1972. She was launched on 6 April 1974 sponsored by Anne Armstrong, and commissioned on 13 November 1976 with Commander John E. Christensen in command. As of 2007 she was the oldest submarine in active service with the United States Navy.[1]

In 1999, while under the command of Mark D. Jenkins, Los Angeles was modified to carry a Dry Deck Shelter (DDS).

On July 20, 2009 the US Navy announced that the submarine would be inactivated on November 2, 2009 and decommissioned at an undetermined later date.[2]


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



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