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SSN 708 - USS Minneapolis - Saint Paul


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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: October 31, 1973

Laid down: January 20, 1981

Launched: March 19, 1983

Commissioned: March 10, 1984

Decommissioned: August 28, 2008

Fate: submarine recycling


Homeport: -

Namesake: Metropolitan area of Minneapolis - Saint Paul, Minnesota

Ships Motto: -

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



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Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - October 2007

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Eleven of 12 former commanding officers of the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Minneapolis-St. Paul (SSN 708) pose with
the submarines current Commanding Officer Cmdr. Woods R. Brown II, right, following an inactivation ceremony held on board Naval Station Norfolk.
Minneapolis-St. Paul has served the U.S. Navy for 24 years - Norfolk, Virginia - June 2007

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Norfolk, Virginia - April 2007

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Rota, Spain - January 2007

Norfolk, Virginia - November 2004

Norfolk, Virginia - September 2003

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commissioning ceremony - March 1984

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commissioning ceremony - March 1984

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launching ceremony - March 1983


USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul (SSN 708):

Minneapolis-Saint Paul (SSN-708) was laid down on 20 January 1981 at Groton, Conn., by the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp.; launched on 19 March 1983; sponsored by Mrs. Penny Durenberger, wife of Senator David F. Durenberger of Minn.; and was commissioned on 10 March 1984, Cmdr. Ralph Schlichter in command.

Minneapolis-Saint Paul served initially with Submarine Squadron (SubRon) 2 at Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn. Cmdr. Charles J. Beers Jr. relieved Cmdr. Schlichter as the commanding officer on 26 July 1984. Minneapolis-Saint Paul shifted her home port from Groton to Norfolk, Va., during a brief southerly voyage (1-3 December), and to SubRon 8 on 15 December. The attack submarine, Cmdr. Beers in command, carried out her maiden deployment during a voyage to European waters that Beers evaluated as of “great importance to the safety and security of the United States” (16 June - 15 September 1986). Minneapolis-Saint Paul accomplished voyage repairs while she visited Holy Loch, Scotland (17-20 August); Portsmouth, England (22-27 August); and Brest, France (28 August - 2 September).

Heavy seas swept four sailors overboard from Minneapolis-Saint Paul while she sailed from Devonport Naval Base, England, following a week-long visit to Plymouth, on 29 December 2006. Other crewmen and British authorities recovered all four crewmen and took them to a nearby hospital, but two of the four died: 45-year-old Senior Chief Petty Officer Thomas K. Higgins of Paducah, Ky., and 30-year-old Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael J. Holtz of Lakewood, Ohio. The other two sailors were treated for minor injuries and discharged from the hospital.

Attack submarine Newport News (SSN-750) collided with Japanese supertanker Mogamigawa, registered with Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd., in the Strait of Hormuz, at 2015 on 8 January 2007. Neither vessel reported casualties, but the collision damaged the bow of Newport News. Guided missile destroyer Benfold (DDG-65) escorted her to Bahrain for repairs.

The Navy ordered an operational “stand-down” for all of its submarines following the two accidents. Vice Adm. Charles L. Munns, Commander Naval Submarine Forces, directed all of his submarine commanding officers to “focus energy and intellect back onto the basics of submarine operations…It is clear that a common thread through recent problems has been errors conducting normal routine operations,” Munns said in a statement. “We are going back to basics, back to practice.”

Minneapolis-Saint Paul was inactivated during a ceremony at Norfolk on 22 June 2007, and the following month sailed from Norfolk to Pearl Harbor, Hi., to prepare for her decommissioning. The attack submarine was decommissioned and stricken from the Navy List on 28 August 2008.

source: US Naval History & Heritage Command (2015)





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