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US Navy - Attack Submarine

SSN 22 - USS Connecticut

 

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Type, class: Attack Submarine, nuclear propulsion - SSN; Seawolf class

Builder: General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Connecticut, USA

   

STATUS:

Awarded: May 3, 1991

Laid down: September 14, 1992

Launched: September 1, 1997

Commissioned: December 11, 1998

IN SERVICE

   

Homeport: Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Washington, USA

Namesake: the State of Connecticut

Ships Motto: ARSENAL OF THE NATION

Technical Data: see: INFO > Seawolf class Attack Submarine - SSN

 

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Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Washington - April 2012

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Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Washington - April 2012

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Yokosuka, Japan - March 2012

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Singapore - March 2012


Singapore - March 2012

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Bremerton, Washington - April 2011

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Exercise ICEX-2011 - Arctic Ocean - March 2011

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Exercise ICEX-2011 - Arctic Ocean - March 2011


Exercise ICEX-2011 - Arctic Ocean - March 2011


Exercise ICEX-2011 - Arctic Ocean - March 2011

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torpedo room - Subic Bay, Philippines - January 2010


Subic Bay, Philippines - January 2010

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Pacific Ocean - November 2009

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Pacific Ocean - November 2009


Pacific Ocean - November 2009


Pacific Ocean - November 2009


Pacific Ocean - November 2009


Pacific Ocean - November 2009

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Bremerton, Washington - January 2008

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Philippine Sea - November 2007

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Subic Bay, Philippines - November 2007

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Groton, Connecticut - July 2007

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2007


2003





During Exercise ICEX 2003, USS Connecticut (SSN 22) surfaced and broke through the ice.

This polar bear, attracted by the hole which can be used to find food, was seen through the sub's periscope and these photos were captured as the image was projected on a flat-panel display. After investigating the Connecticut for approximately 40 minutes, the bear left the area, with no damage to the sub or to the bear - Near the North Pole - April 2003



Groton, Connecticut - May 2002
 

 

 

 

USS Connecticut (SSN 22):

The fifth Connecticut (SSN-22) was laid down at General Dynamics Electric Boat, Groton, Conn.; launched on 1 September 1997; sponsored by Mrs. Patricia L. Rowland, wife of John G. Rowland, Governor of Conn.; and commissioned at Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., on 11 December 1998, Capt. Larry H. Davis in command.

Connecticut spent several months under the Arctic ice - and briefly broke through - when she took part in exercise ICEX-03, carrying out Mk 48 Advanced Capability torpedo tests and conducting training operations, and collaborating with scientists accomplishing experiments at the Applied Physics Laboratory Ice Station (APLIS) 03, an ice camp. Anglo-American researchers established the camp on an ice flow north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, on 13 March 2003, and an average of 50 to 60 men and women hosted a submarine tracking range, science laboratory, and a small airport. The people at APLIS-03 battled the harsh elements, and a watch made regular rounds to inspect the ice for cracks that might destroy the camp. In addition, from time-to-time a young, 500-plus pound polar bear curiously examined the researchers, who dubbed their intrusive visitor “Fred.” The camp drifted about 160 nautical miles to the northwest by the time the researchers disestablished it on 3 May.

The submarine completed a deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean as part of the Wasp (LHD-1) Expeditionary Strike Group, from 31 March - 2 September 2004. The voyage marked the first time that she integrated with such a group during a deployment, and crewman blasted Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys are Back in Town” through a pair of loudspeakers as they eased the boat up the Thames River when she returned to New London.

Connecticut shifted from the Atlantic Fleet to the Pacific Fleet when the boat changed her home port from Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., to Naval Base Kitsap, Wash., from 15 July 2007 - 29 January 2008. Connecticut circumnavigated the globe during her voyage, and visited Subic Bay, Philippines, from 25-30 October, and Busan, South Korea, 21-25 November.

source: US Naval History & Heritage Command

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1999 was spent conducting shakedown operations that evaluated Connecticut's weapons systems, sensors, stealth and engineering proficiency. She participated in Joint Task Force Exercise 2-99 as an opposing force asset, and completed acoustic trials, a shallow water exercise, and an anti-submarine warfare exercise.

In September 1999 Connecticut began a Post-Shakedown Availability (PSA) at the Electric Boat shipyard. Despite 100 percent growth in the amount of PSA work, making this the submarine force's most demanding PSA, Connecticut completed all work ahead of schedule. Additionally, this PSA concluded as the safest in the 100-year history of Electric Boat.

In April 2003, Connecticut surfaced through the Arctic ice at the University of Washington's Applied Physics Laboratory Ice Station (APLIS). While there, she came under attack by a polar bear, which gnawed on her rudder for a while before disengaging.

On 31 March 2004 Connecticut put to sea in support of the War on Terrorism as part of the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), returning to NSB New London on 2 September with a pierside band blasting Thin Lizzy's "The Boys Are Back in Town". For the next three years, the Connecticut was largely confined to port as she underwent a prolonged maintenance cycle.

In early 2007, it was announced that the Connecticut would be transferred to Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, in Washington's Puget Sound, following a six-month deployment commencing on 25 July 2007. She would be the last of the Navy's three Seawolf-class submarines to be transferred from New London to Kitsap as part of a larger U.S. Navy realignment shifting 60 percent of the fleet's submarines to the Pacific. Upon arrival at Kitsap on 30 January 2008, the Connecticut joined her Seawolf sisters in Submarine Development Squadron Five.

In early 2011, Connecticut participated in ICEX 2011 in order to "train today’s submarines in the challenging Arctic environment,” as well as "refine and validate procedures and required equipment."

source: wikipedia (2015)

 

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