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Dallas III (SSN 700)

A city in Texas.

III

(SSN 700: displacement 6,143; length 362'; beam 33'; draft 31'; speed 25 knots; complement 127; armament Tomahawk missiles, Mk 48 torpedoes, four torpedo tubes; class Los Angeles)

The third Dallas (SSN 700) was laid down on 9 October 1976 at Groton, Conn., by General Dynamics Electric Boat; launched on 28 April 1979; sponsored by Rita C. Clements, wife of Governor William P. Clements, Jr., of Texas; and commissioned on 18 July 1981, Cmdr. Donald R. Ferrier in command.

Ships seal
The ship’s seal.
Dallas sails from Naval Submarine Base New London
Dallas sails from Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., 3 May 2013. (U.S. Navy photograph by Lt.(j.g.) Jeffrey Prunera, Defense Visual Information Center).

Dallas has deployed once to the Indian Ocean, three times to the Mediterranean, and seven times to the North Atlantic. The attack submarine is fitted with a Drydock Shelter configuration, an array of air, water, and hydraulic systems that enable her to employ a Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) Delivery Vehicle.

In addition, Dallas can operate as a mother submarine for the deep submergence rescue vehicle DSRV 1. She vindicated her conversion to accommodate DSRV 1 during Sorbet Royal 2000, a triennial NATO submarine escape and rescue exercise involving rescue specialists from the Sixth Fleet and the Italian and Turkish naval forces in the eastern Mediterranean (29 August–7 September 2000).

In popular culture, Dallas figures notably in Tom Clancy’s novel—and the film adaptation—The Hunt for Red October.

Dallas is scheduled to be decommissioned on 26 September 2014.

Detailed history under construction.


Last Edited: 10/30/13
Mark L. Evans