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SSN 699 - USS Jacksonville


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Type, class: Attack Submarine, nuclear propulsion - SSN; Los Angeles class (Flight I)

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



Awarded: January 24, 1972

Laid down: February 21, 1976

Launched: November 18, 1978

Commissioned: May 16, 1981



Homeport: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Namesake: City of Jacksonville, Florida

Ships Motto: THE BOLD ONE

Technical Data: see: INFO > Los Angeles class Attack Submarine - SSN



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Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii - October 2015

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Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - October 2015

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Stirling, Australia - June 2015

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii - June 2013

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Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - November 2012

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii - December 2010

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Sabah, Malaysia - October 2010

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - June 2010

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Norfolk, Virginia - March 2009

Norfolk, Virginia - March 2009

Cmdr. Tyler Meador, right, commanding officer of the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Jacksonville (SSN 699),
describes sonar room operations to Vice Adm. Georgios Karamalikis, Chief of Hellenic (Greek) Navy General Staff.
Karamalikis is visiting the Norfolk area as an official guest of Chief of Naval Operations - Norfolk, Virginia - February 2009

Norfolk, Virginia - November 2008

Norfolk, Virginia - November 2008

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Norfolk, Virginia - May 2008

Norfolk, Virginia - May 2008

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Mayport, Florida - June 2007

Norfolk, Virginia - December 2003

Norfolk, Virginia - December 2003




USS Jacksonville (SSN 699):

USS Jacksonville (SSN-699), a Los Angeles-class attack submarine, is the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for Jacksonville, Florida. The ship is nicknamed "The Bold One". The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut on 24 January 1972 and her keel was laid down on 21 February 1976. She was launched on 18 November 1978 using the pontoon system designed for the launching of the Ohio Class Trident Submarines. The Jacksonville was sponsored by Mrs. Charles E. Bennett, and commissioned on 16 May 1981, with Captain Robert B. Wilkinson in command.

Jacksonville’s operations have included a variety of fleet exercises and deployments including two around-the-world cruises in 1982 and 1985, deployments to the western Atlantic Ocean in 1983, 1986, 1993 and 1994, and deployments to the Mediterranean Sea in 1987 and 1993. In 1988, Jacksonville participated in a shock trials test program for Los Angeles class submarines, which was followed by a three-year major modernization overhaul in Norfolk Naval Shipyard.

Jacksonville has been involved in several collisions with other vessels during her over 30 years of operation:

(1) While outbound with the inbound Turkish merchant vessel General Z. Dogan in the vicinity of Norfolk, Virginia on 22 March 1982,

(2) with a barge positioned across Chesapeake Bay's Thimble Shoal Channel, requiring the replacement of the submarine's sonar dome, on 21 September 1984,

(3) with the container ship Saudi Makkah near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, requiring repairs to the submarine's fairwater planes and rudder, on 17 May 1996, and

(4) with an unnamed fishing vessel while on regular patrol in the Persian Gulf on 10 January 2013. The ship's main periscope was sheared off in the collision.

In late 2009, the Jacksonville's homeport was moved from Norfolk to Pearl Harbor.

On 20 December 2004 a small fire broke out aboard Jacksonville while she was undergoing a refueling overhaul at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The fire was immediately extinguished and the reactor was never in danger, though a shipyard firefighter and a sailor were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

source: wikipedia (2015)

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Jacksonville (SSN-699) was laid down on 21 February 1976 at Groton, Conn., by General Dynamics Electric Boat; launched on 18 November 1978; sponsored by Mrs. Dorothy J. Bennett, wife of Representative Charles E. Bennett of Fla.; and commissioned on 16 May 1981 at Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., Capt. Robert B. Wilkinson Jr. in command.
On the evening of 22 March 1982, as Jacksonville, Cmdr. Dennis G. Feuerbacher in command, stood out on the surface from Naval Operating Base Norfolk, Va., she collided with Turkish merchant vessel General Z. Dogan. Jacksonville returned under her own power, and the following day Cmdr. G. Michael Hewitt, the prospective commanding officer of attack submarine Buffalo (SSN-715), relieved Feuerbacher of his command pending an investigation into the incident. Feuerbacher was reassigned to the staff of Submarine Force, Atlantic Fleet. The collision caused some minor damage to General Z. Dogan, but the Turkish ship reached Norfolk. Jacksonville completed repairs and pre-overseas movement upkeep at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, from 26 March - 27 April.

From 10-21 September 1984, the submarine, Capt. Ricky Morris in command, trained in local operating areas but upon returning to port collided with a barge positioned across Thimble Shoals Channel. The impact damaged Jacksonville’s sonar dome and it subsequently required replacement. On 25 September, Cmdr. Francis LaCroix relieved Capt. Morris pending an investigation into the accident.

During training off the Virginia capes that began on 13 May 1996, Jacksonville - Cmdr. Richard N. Current in command - collided with container ship Saudi Makkah on 17 May. The submarine returned to Pier 23 at Norfolk, and on 23 May shifted to Pier 4 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Cmdr. Richard N. Current relieved Cmdr. John F. Yarbro Jr. as the commanding officer six days later, and while Jacksonville completed repairs in dry dock at the shipyard (20 June - 16 September), Cmdr. Robert A. Gurczynski relieved Cmdr. Current on 14 August.

While operating at periscope depth in the Arabian Gulf, the attack submarine struck a vessel at approximately 0500 on 10 January 2013. Jacksonville surfaced to ascertain if the unidentified ship sustained damage, but the latter continued on a consistent course and speed, however, offering no indication of distress or acknowledgement of a collision. A Lockheed P-3C Orion later searched the area and saw no debris in the water or vessels in distress. Jacksonville moored at Bahrain at 1000 on 12 January, and began repairs.

source: US Naval History & Heritage Command





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