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USS Salt Lake City (SSN-716)

 

Named for: The city of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ship name number:  II. The first ship named Salt Lake City (CL-25, later CA-25), a heavy cruiser, was commissioned in 1929. She earned 11 battle stars and a Navy Unit Commendation for her World War II service.

Specifications: (SSN-716: displacement 6,927 (submerged), 5, 723 (surfaced); length 360’; beam 33’; draft 32’; speed 32+ knots (submerged), 20+ knots (surfaced); complement 110; armament 4 Mk. 48 torpedo tubes, SubRoc, Harpoon, class Los Angeles)

 

Built by: Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Newport News, Virginia.

Keel laid: 26 August 1980.

Launched: 16 October 1982.

Sponsored [Christened] by: Kathleen Garn, wife of Senator Jake Garn (R-Utah).

Commissioned: 12 May 1984.

Decommissioned:  

Strike Date:  

Final Disposition:
Ship Insignia :

A stylized image of a Los Angeles-class SSN, the ship’s name, Salt Lake City, and hull number (SSN-716) are among the images of this logo. The number of stars reflects the eleven battle stars awarded the heavy cruiser Salt Lake City (CA-25), the first ship to bear the name, for her World War II service. The image also depicts the major buildings of Salt Lake City and the Wasatch mountains towering behind them; the seagull represents how a large flock of such birds saved the Salt Lake City pioneers’ crops from a plague of crickets in June 1848.

 

Chronology and Significant Events:

 

Undated photo of Salt Lake City (SSN-716) underway at sea.

12 May 1984: Commissioned at U.S. Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia.  Her mission is to destroy enemy ships, primarily submarines, and to prohibit the employment of such forces against the United States; she is also capable of conducting strike warfare missions, mine warfare, combat search and rescue, coastal surveillance, and maritime interdiction missions.

 

1 Oct 1984 – 29 Apr 1985: Underwent post-shakedown availability at her builders’ yard, during which time she received modification of the sonar to the AN/BQQ-5C sonar suite.

 

1 – 22 May 1985: Sailed from Norfolk, bound for the west coast of the United States; Salt Lake City transited the Panama Canal on 8 May, “chopped” [reported for duty] to the Pacific Fleet on 12 May, and reached her new home port, San Diego, California, on 22 May.

 

7 Oct 1985: Completed two months of operations in the Pacific Northwest (Puget Sound – Nanoose Range areas) that included technical and operational evaluation of the new advanced capacity (ADCAP) Mk. 48 torpedo. Salt Lake City returned to San Diego on 15 October.

 

28 Apr – 27 Oct 1986: Departed San Diego for her maiden western Pacific (WestPac) deployment on 28 April. After pausing at Adak, Alaska (5 May) for minor voyage repairs, the boat crossed the international date line on 6 May.  Salt Lake City reached Apra Harbor, Guam, on 25 June to commence three weeks of upkeep, after which she resumed underway operations. She arrived at Chinhae, South Korea, on 17 September to begin a three-day port visit, before moving on to Subic Bay, which she reached on 24 September. Ultimately, Salt Lake City returned to San Diego on 27 October; she began a 30-day stand down the next day. For her work during that deployment, Salt Lake City subsequently received a Navy Unit Commendation (NUC) (28 April 1987).

 

1 Jan – 31 Dec 1987: During this period, Salt Lake City completed a month of operations in the waters of the Pacific Northwest (31 January), underwent her first selected restricted availability (SRA) (23 April – 5 July), successfully conducted an operational test launch of a Tomahawk cruise missile (10 July), and received a visit from ADM David E. Jeremiah (Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet) (CinCPacFlt).

 

1 Jan – 31 Dec 1988: Salt Lake City conducted her second WestPac deployment (19 January  15 July) (for which she would receive her second NUC) during this time, a tour punctuated by visits from VADM Paul Miller, Commander, 7th Fleet (24 February) and VADM C.H. Kim (Chief of Naval Operations of the Republic of Korea Navy) and ADM Jeremiah, CinCPacFlt (14 April). The boat hosted Secretary of the Navy William Ball (5 August), and later conducted CNO Project Operations in the waters of the Pacific Northwest, completing these on 1 December. During the year, Salt Lake City participated in the filming of the Paramount Studios’ motion picture The Hunt for Red October.

 

1 Jan – 31 Dec 1989: Operating out of San Diego, Salt Lake City hosted principal actors and production people from Paramount Studios’ The Hunt for Red October (19 March), and subsequently deployed to the western Pacific for two months, returning on 21 June. She completed a two-month SRA on 14 September, and represented the Submarine Force at Fleet Week ’89 at San Francisco, California (7 October).

 

1 Jan – 31 Dec 1990: During this time, Salt Lake City conducted her third major WestPac deployment (12 February – 23 August). She commenced a two-month deployment to those same waters on 28 November.

 

1 Jan – 31 Dec 1991: Salt Lake City returned to San Diego from her WestPac deployment on 25 January. The boat completed a pre-Depot Modernization Period at the Trident Refit Facility, Bangor, Washington, on 19 August, and ultimately arrived at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California, on 18 October, affecting a temporary home port shift simultaneously. Soon thereafter, on 1 November, she began a Depot Modernization Period.

 

1 Jan 1992 – 28 May 1993: Undergoing Depot Modernization Period, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, California.

 

29 May 1993 – 31 Dec 1993: After returning to San Diego, Salt Lake City operated locally out of her home port; she completed an eight-week availability and drydocking on 6 October, and, on 24 November, completed a six-week underway period that had been punctuated with port calls to Bangor, Washington, and Victoria, British Columbia.

 

24 Jun – 22 Dec 1994: Salt Lake City departed San Diego on 24 June 1994 for her fifth WestPac deployment, as a unit of the battle group formed around carrier Kitty Hawk (CV-63). She provided ASW and ASUW support during the pre-deployment workups and during the transoceanic transits, and called at Yokosuka, Japan; Chinhae; Hong Kong; Singapore; Pattaya, Thailand; as well as Guam and Pearl Harbor. During this period of operations, her “real world prosecution of one of the most modern non-US submarines” (the battle group encountered both a Chinese Han-class boat, as well as a Russian Oscar II class boat, the latter on 7–8 July, during the deployment) proved “truly superb” and earned her a “well done” from CAPT Timothy W. Lafleur, Commander Destroyer Squadron 17. Also during the deployment she hosted U.S. Ambassador to Singapore Timothy A. Chorba (22 October) and GEN Mongkong, Deputy Chairman of the Royal Thailand Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other high-ranking Thai military officials (1 November). Salt Lake City returned to her home port three days before Christmas of 1994.

 

1 Jan – 31 Dec 1995: Salt Lake City received a Meritorious Unit Commendation recognizing her performance of duty between March of 1992 and 30 March 1995 (30 March), and the following day was reassigned to Submarine Squadron (SubRon) 11 with the decommissioning of SubRon 3 (31 March). After undergoing an SRA in medium auxiliary repair drydock (non-self propelled) Arco (ARDM-5) (27 June-19 September), the boat conducted acoustic sound trials near Ketchikan, Alaska (22 September-12 October). Salt Lake City then conducted a 40-day emergent deployment, having gotten underway on short notice (illustrating her “flexibility and readiness…to conduct extended operations of great importance to the theater commander”), returning to San Diego on 1 December. In a subsequent “Bravo Zulu” message (28 November), RADM Jon M. Barr, Commander, Submarine Force, Pacific Fleet, commended Salt Lake City’s “extremely impressive” standard of readiness that enabled her to “sustain a several day high speed transit” that “demonstrated the tactical capability an SSN can quickly bring anywhere in the Pacific.”

 

1 Jan – 31 Dec 1996: Salt Lake City operated locally from San Diego during the year, punctuating that time with participation in RimPac ’96) (1-15 June), and capping the period of local operations deploying on 11 October for the western Pacific as part of the Kitty Hawk (CV-63) Battle Group. In the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and in the Arabian Gulf, she supported battle group operations in those waters, including Operation Southern Watch, maritime interdiction operations to support United Nations’ sanctions against Iraq, and served as a ready weapons platform.

 

1 Jan – 31 Dec 1997: Salt Lake City returned from a six-month WestPac deployment (9 April 1997), during which time her officers and crew became Golden Shellbacks while simultaneously transiting the International Date Line and the Equator following a visit to Brisbane, Australia, and the ship distinguished herself during Exercise Tandem Thrust 97 with Australian Navy units. She then operated locally from her home port for the remainder of the year, a period highlighted by operations with the Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) battle group (8-12 September 1997). During a nuclear weapons regeneration exercise (22 September-17 October 1997), Salt Lake City fired a Tomahawk cruise missile in support of Operation Global Guardian (28 September). The boat entered the medium auxiliary repair drydock Arco on 31 October 1997.

 

1 Jan – 31 Dec 1998: After completing her drydock availability in Arco (31 January), Salt Lake City alternated periods of local operations in the Southern California Operating Area with maintenance alongside submarine tender McKee (AS-41) (21 February-30 March and 6 May-12 July), capped by a pre-overseas movement certification (7-21 August), and deployment to the western Pacific on 4 September. During that deployment, during which she conducted “two extremely sensitive missions of vital importance to national security,” Salt Lake City visited Pattaya, Thailand, for liberty (25-30 October) and underwent maintenance availability alongside the submarine tender Frank Cable (AS-40) at Guam (6-13 November). She returned to her home port two days before Christmas of 1998 (23 December).

 

1 Jan – 31 Dec 1999: Following her post-deployment and new year’s stand down that lasted until 18 January, Salt Lake City underwent tactical weapons proficiency, phases I and II (19 January-10 February), then ship’s force upkeep that preceded an SRA on board Arco (22 February-12 April). Over the following weeks, she completed her SRA and alternated periods of ship’s force upkeep with sea trials. Following acoustic trials (18-25 May), Salt Lake City conducted a liberty port visit to Esquimalt, British Columbia, Canada (26-31 May), after which she resumed local operations at sea out of San Diego over the next six months. Participating in a FleetEx (3-8 November) preceded another cycle of local work and in-port periods, capped by a torpedo exercise and a transit to Pearl Harbor (29 November-7 December). Following a port visit to Pearl (8-11 December), the boat transited back to San Diego (12-17 December), where she remained for the rest of the year.

 

1 Jan – 31 Dec 2000: Salt Lake City began the year in a standdown/upkeep status (1-25 January), after which she underwent sea trials (26-28 January), followed by ship’s force upkeep (29 January-6 February), pre-overseas movement certification (7-16 February), and a WestPac load-out (17-29 February). The boat deployed for the western Pacific on 1 March. During the deployment, Salt Lake City carried out three missions “vital to national security,” punctuating those operations with port visits and upkeep at Pearl Harbor (6-8 March), Yokosuka (16-17 March), Sasebo (5-9 April), Guam (27 May-3 June), Gladstone, Australia (10-15 June), Hobart, Tasmania (23-28 June), Chinhae (20-24 July), and a return visit to Yokosuka (14-28 August), the latter two periods (Chinhae and Yokosuka) involving her receiving maintenance availabilities alongside the submarine tender Frank Cable. During the transit between Gladstone and Hobart, Salt Lake City operated in concert with Royal Australian Air Force Lockheed P-3 Orions.  The boat returned to her home port (7 September), where she remained, enjoying a post-deployment stand down (7 September-8 October), a period of maintenance (9 October-12 November), and completing phases I and II of tactical weapons proficiency certification (13 November-7 December). A final period of local operations (11-15 December) punctuated the final month of the year 2000.

Patch commemorating Salt Lake City’s 2000 WestPac deployment.

 

1 Jan – 31 Dec 2001: Salt Lake City punctuated her initial in-port period of the year with dependent’s cruises (3-4 January) and a VIP cruise (6 January). She then conducted mother submarine operations with a deep submergence unit (8-11 January); after which she entered the medium auxiliary repair drydock Arco on 22 January for major system upgrades, improvements, and repair work. Undocked on 26 February and berthed at Naval Base, Point Loma, San Diego, the boat remained in port through the first week of April. Following ring laser gyro navigation installation certification and local operations (9-13 April), Salt Lake City remained in port until transiting (26-30 April) to Astoria, Oregon (30 April-4 May). Subsequently, after providing services to sistership Bremerton (SSN-698) for that boat’s pre-overseas movement and certification, Salt Lake City returned to San Diego (16 May) for training and a combat readiness review. Further local operations preceded pre-overseas movement upkeep and sea trials, followed by a pre-deployment exercise with the battle group formed around the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis (CVN-74) (14-23 August), after which the boat conducted independent at-sea training. She conducted three more stints of local operations, punctuating them with in port upkeep and a pre-overseas movement certification (28-31 October), after which she participated in a second pre-deployment exercise with the John C. Stennis battle group. Ultimately, following two more periods import and one at sea on local operations (28 November-3 December), during which she provided services for sistership Jefferson City (SSN-759), Salt Lake City deployed on 11 December, bound for Japan. Visiting Yokosuka over Christmas (24-27 December), year’s end found the boat in transit to rejoin John C. Stennis and her consorts.

 

1 Jan – 31 Dec 2002: After visiting Singapore (4-9 January), Salt Lake City proceeded to join the 5th Fleet, and in-chopped to that force on 15 January. Following operations with John C. Stennis’s battle group (16-26 January) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the ongoing efforts “to eliminate global terrorist networks and to end state sponsorship of terrorism.” The boat put in to Bahrain for the first of two visits during the deployment (27 January-3 February and 22-25 April), in port periods that came at each end of a stint of transit/operations work (4 February-21 April). In-chopping to the 7th Fleet en route to Australia (1 May), Salt Lake City visited Perth (9-13 May) before pushing on to visit Guam (22-24 May) and Pearl Harbor, in-chopping to the 3d Fleet (30 May) while en route to Hawaiian waters. Following her brief visit to Pearl (5 June), Salt Lake City set course for home, and reached San Diego on 11 June. After a brief period of local operations that followed the in-port period that came after she returned from her deployment, the boat carried out brief local operations (22-24 July), after which she participated in a 3d Fleet Battle Experiment Juliet wherein she tested medium data rate communications, land attack warfare systems, and Navy fires network. Following a maintenance availability, Salt Lake City conducted sea trials and took part in a CNO weapons text exercise, serving as the “evading platform.” Further training and inspections followed, after which time the boat “portrayed a real world threat,” harassing, and attempting to “sink” John C. Stennis in operations with that carrier’s battle group. Iin November Salt Lake City provided services to sistership Bremerton, and concluded the year with an in-port period at San Diego (14-31 December).

 

 Salt Lake City (SSN-716) prepares to go alongside submarine tender Frank Cable (AS-40), Apra Harbor, Guam, 23 May 2002. USN photo by Photographer’s Mate 2c Alan D. Monyelle. [020523-N-9885M-004]

 

1 Jan – 31 Dec 2003: Following her Christmas standdown, Salt Lake City conducted a stint of local operations out of San Diego (21 January-4 February), followed by a second in port period that preceded her drydocking in Arco (19 February-24 May), during which she received new and improved systems. Following sea trials (5-9 June) off southern California, the boat sailed on 10 June for Bangor, Washington. Proceeding thence to the Behm Canal, Alaska, (19-25 June), Salt Lake City completed acoustic work at the static site testing facility there (25 June), returning to San Diego on 3 July.  She then alternated operations at sea in the southern California operating area and in port periods until her return voyage to Bangor (11-15 September). After completing weapons certification (15-18 September), Salt Lake City then returned to San Diego to resume the cycle of underway training and inport upkeep that occupied the boat for the remainder of the year.

 

1 Jan – 31 Dec 2004: Salt Lake City began the year bringing her Christmas stand down to a conclusion, followed by an in port period. Underway on 31 January, the boat conducted a stint of local operations in support of 3d Fleet units, and carrying out on-board training. After an in-port period during which she prepared for an impending deployment, she resumed local operations, including hosting R. Lee Ermey of the History (Television) Channel’s Mail Call program. On 22 April, Salt Lake City proceeded to the western Pacific, visiting Yokosuka from 5 to 11 May. She then conducted three missions vital to national security (12 May-11 June, 17 June-2 July, 3 July-18 August and 14 September-1 October), underway periods punctuated by port visits to Singapore (11-17 June), Sasebo (2-3 July), Guam (18-22 August and 26 August-2 September), Chinhae (10-14 September) and a return call at Yokosuka (1-6 October).  Transiting back to Hawaiian waters (6-13 October), she paused at Pearl Harbor (14-17 October). Salt Lake City returned to San Diego on 22 October, spending the remainder of the year in port with the exception of a period of local operations in the southern California operating area (29 November-1 December).

 

 

Salt Lake City (SSN-716) departs San Diego, 22 April 2004, for the western Pacific.

 

No 2005 Command History Report Received.

Salt Lake City entered a status of “in commission, in reserve” standdown, her inactivation availability commenced on 26 October 2005.

 

 

Home Port Assignments

Dates

Norfolk, Virginia

12 May 1984 – 1 May 1985

San Diego, California

22 May 1985 – 17 Oct 1991

Vallejo, California                                                                    18 Oct 1991 – 28 May 1993

 

San Diego, California                                                                29 May 1993 – 2005

 

 

Commanding Officers

Date Assumed Command

CDR Richard I. Itkin

12 May 1984

CDR William W. Gay, III

20 Jul 1984

CDR Thomas B. Fargo                     14 May 1987

CDR John D. Shaw                          13 Jul 1989

CDR Carl T. Froelich                       15 Sep 1992

CDR Kenneth D. Milhoan                12 Jan 1995

CDR Thomas G. Hunnicutt               26 Jul 1995

CDR William D. French                     8 Dec 1995

CDR William F. Hoeft, Jr.                28 Jul 1998

CDR Stephen G. Marr                      3 Apr 2001

CDR Tracy L. Howard                     31 Jul 2003

CDR Eric S. Irwin                            17 Feb 2006

 

Major Overseas Deployments:

Date of Departure

Return Date

 

Area of Operation

 

 

 

 

28 Apr 1986

27 Oct 1986

 

WestPac

19 Jan 1988

15 July 1988

 

WestPac

12 Feb 1990

 23 Aug 1990

 

WestPac

24 Jun 1994 22 Dec 1994 WestPac

11 Oct 1996                             9 Apr 1997

WestPac/Indian Ocean/ Arabian Gulf

 

4 Sep 1998                             23 Dec 1998

WestPac

 

1 Mar 2000                               7 Sep 2000

WestPac

 

11 Dec 2001                             11 Jun 2002

WestPac/Arabian Gulf

 

22 Apr 2004 22 Oct 2004 WestPac

 

Unit Awards Received:

 

Navy Unit Commendation                                            1 Apr-1 Oct 1986

                                                                                    1 Jan – 1 Jul 1988

                                                                                    1 Sep – 1 Dec 1998

                                                                                    15 Dec 2001-3 Mar 2002

(John C. Stennis Battle Group)

 

Meritorious Unit Commendation                                   1-31 Mar 1993 (SubRon 3)

                                                                                    1 Sep –1 Dec 1998

                                                                                    1 Jul 2003 -31 Dec 2004

(ComCarStrkGru 7)

                                                                                    1 Apr – 31 Oct 2004

 

Navy “E”                                                                  1 Oct 1988 – 30 Sep 1989

                                                                                    1 Jan – 31 Dec 1999

                                                                                    1 Jan – 31 Dec 2002

 

Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Somalia)              2 Jan – 24 Feb 1997

 

Secretary of the Navy Commendation Ltr.                    1 Mar - 31 Aug 2000

                                                                                    29 May – 7 Jul 2005

 


Command Histories Submitted: 1984-2004


Robert J. Cressman, 20 September 2006