The capital of Indiana.
(SSN 697: displacement 6,154 (full load), 5,784 (light); length 362'; beam 33'; draft 32' (maximum navigational); speed 25+ knots; complement 127; armament Tomahawk, Mk. 48 torpedoes; class Los Angeles)
The third Indianapolis (SSN 697) was laid down on 19 October 1974 at Groton, Ct., by the Electric Boat Division of the General Dynamics Corp.; launched on 30 July 1977 (the anniversary of the loss of the heavy cruiser Indianapolis during World War II); sponsored by Mrs. William G. [Esther] Bray, wife of former Congressman William G. Bray of Indiana; delivered on 30 November 1979; and commissioned at the U.S. Naval Submarine Base, New London, Ct., on 5 January 1980, Cmdr. Harry P. Salmon, Jr., in command.
|Indianapolis off Oahu, with the Honolulu skyline (L) and Diamond Head (R) in the background, in this undated photograph. (Indianapolis (SSN 697) Command History/Operations Report File, Naval History & Heritage Command)|
After a career that lasted nearly two decades, Indianapolis was decommissioned and stricken simultaneously from the Naval Vessel Register three days before Christmas of 1998 [22 December] 1998, the ship was disposed-of by recycling.
Placeholder entry; remainder of Indianapolis (SSN 697) history under construction and will be posted as soon as practicable.