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SSN 710 - USS Augusta


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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: December 10, 1973

Laid down: April 1, 1983

Launched: January 21, 1984

Commissioned: January 19, 1985

Decommissioned: February 11, 2009

Fate: submarine recycling


Homeport: -

Namesake: City of Augusta, Maine


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



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Norfolk, Virginia - April 2008

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Norfolk, Virginia - April 2008

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Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Connecticut - September 2005




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commissioning ceremony - January 1985

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 commissioning ceremony - January 1985


USS Augusta (SSN 710):

The fifth Augusta (SSN-710) was laid down on 1 April 1982 at Groton, Conn., by the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp.; launched on 21 January 1984; sponsored by Mrs. Diana D. Cohen, wife of Senator William S. Cohen of Maine, who later served as the Secretary of Defense (1997-2001); and commissioned on 19 January 1985, at Submarine Base, New London, Conn., Capt. Thomas W. Turner in command.

Augusta carried out her shakedown training in the western Atlantic and in the West Indies with Submarine Squadron 2, including visits to the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, until mid-June 1985. The attack submarine completed her post-shakedown repairs during an availability at the Electric Boat yard where she was built (14 June 1985-26 January 1986, she conducted sea trials from 21-24 January). The shipyard treated Augusta’s hull, and outfitted her with the CCS Mk 1 Combat Control System, an advanced development of the AN/BQG-5D Wide Aperture Array System, and the Thin Line Towed Array. The following month (10-22 February), she sailed to the Virgin Islands for weapons certifications and technical evaluations.

During a surge deployment to the North Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Red Sea (10 February - 11 August 2003), Augusta took part in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. She launched UGM-109 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMS) against Iraqi military targets on 21 March, and Cmdr. Mike A. Haumer, Augusta’s commanding officer, received the Bronze Star for his “extraordinary leadership and operational skills” in command of the boat during the fighting.

Augusta held an inactivation ceremony at Shepherd of the Sea Chapel, Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., on 7 February 2008 (she was inactivated on 15 April 2008), and was decommissioned and stricken from the Navy List on 11 February 2009. She subsequently underwent the inactivation process, which included removing materials, tools, spare parts, and furnishings, at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Va. Augusta was subsequently towed to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., where she lies moored, pending disposal.

1986 collision:

The Soviet Navy claims that on 3 October 1986, Augusta, commanded by James von Suskil, collided with the 667AU Nalim (Yankee-I) class ballistic missile submarine K-219, commanded by Igor Britanov, off the coast of Bermuda. The United States Navy states that K-219 was disabled by an internal explosion.

On 20 October 1986, shortly after K-219 sank and Augusta had returned to patrol, she collided with something, and was forced to return to Groton for about US$3 million in repairs to her bow and sonar sphere. What she collided with is officially unknown. If not the K-219, it is suggested that she had been trailing a Delta-I ballistic missile submarine, and, unknown to Augusta, being trailed in turn by a Victor class submarine. If abrupt maneuvers were made, Augusta could have collided with the Delta. Photographs exist of a Delta submarine with a large dent in its starboard bow, which the Soviet Navy identified as K-279. In the Russian version of the book, the Soviet submarine is identified as K-457.

source: US Naval History & Heritage Command + wikipedia





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