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Albany V (SSN-753)

A city in New York located on the west bank of the Hudson River, about 145 miles north of New York City. It is the state capital and the government seat for Albany County.

The first ship named Albany, a sloop-of-war, served from 1846-1854 (http://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/a/albany-i.html). The second, screw sloop-of-war Contoocook, 1868-1870, was renamed Albany on 15 May 1869 (http://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/a/albany-ii.html). The third Albany was a protected cruiser laid down at Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, by Armstrong, Whitworth & Co., as Almirante Abreu for the Brazilian Navy, purchased while still on the ways by the United States Navy on 16 March 1898 to prevent her being acquired by the Spanish Navy; renamed Albany, and served from 1900-1929 (http://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/a/albany-iii.html). The fourth, heavy cruiser Albany (CA-129), served from 1946-1985 (http://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/a/albany-iv.html).

For Albany's Command Operations Reports see (http://www.history.navy.mil/research/archives/command-operations-reports/ships/a/albany-ssn-753-v.html).

V

(SSN-710: displacement 6,148; length 362'; beam 33'; draft 31'; speed 25 knots; complement 110; armament 12 Vertical Launch System (VLS) tubes for UGM-109 Tomahawk submarine-launched cruise missiles and UGM-84 Harpoon submarine launched anti-ship missiles, and four torpedo tubes for Mk 48 torpedoes; class Los Angeles)

The fifth Albany (SSN-753) was laid down on 22 April 1985 at Newport News, Va., by the Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co.; launched on 13 June 1987; sponsored by Mrs. Nancy M. Kissinger, wife of former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger; and was commissioned on 7 April 1990 at Norfolk, Va., Cmdr. Darl R. Anderson in command.

Seal

A silhouette of the submarine bow accents bow planes and the bow flag that is traditional to the submarine launchings. The retractable bow planes represent Albany’s improved capabilities over the previous Los Angeles (SSN-688) attack submarines. The mooring line border and dolphins emphasize the nautical nature of the seal. The skyline of the city, spreading along the banks of the Hudson River, dominates the design, and graphically displays the city’s vitality and its link with the sea. The five stars that frame the city’s skyline signify that Albany (SSN-753) is the fifth Navy ship to bear the name.

Motto

“Still Making History,” the motto selected by the city of Albany, N.Y., during its tri-centennial celebration.

Albany (SSN-753) Seal
“Still Making History,” the motto selected by the city of Albany, N.Y., during its tri-centennial celebration.

Albany served initially with Submarine Squadron (SubRon) 8, Submarine Group 6, at Norfolk, Va. She was shifted to SubRon 6 at Norfolk on 31 August 1991. The attack submarine was commissioned with 12 bow-mounted VLS tubes, but only subsequently completed her UGM-109 Tomahawk submarine launched cruise missile certification (Phase I, 6-21 January and Phase II, 25 February-6 March 1992). During Phase II, she also certified to fire Mk 48 Advanced Capability (ADCAP) torpedoes.

The submarine carried out her maiden deployment during a voyage to the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean (22 July-24 December 1992). She crossed the Arctic Circle on 30 July, passed through the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean on 6 September, participated in NATO multi-threat exercise Display Determination ’92 (26 September-8 October), and returned through the Strait of Gibraltar into the Atlantic on 12 December. In addition, Albany accomplished voyage repairs while she visited Faslane, Scotland (31 August-3 September); Naples (11-16 September and 11-19 November) (Secretary of the Navy Sean C. O’Keefe visited Albany while she lay moored at Naples on 13 November); and San Steffaino, Italy (17-22 September, 7-10 November, and 21 November-7 December); and Gibraltar (10-12 December).

Hurricane Floyd compelled 80 Navy ships and submarines and dozens of aircraft between Mayport, Fla., and Norfolk to emergency sortie in September 1999. Albany escaped the tempest while submerged off the east coast (15-18 September).

Albany surfaces in the Gulf of Oman, 25 March 2004, 040325-N-9885M-009
Albany surfaces as she operates with coalition ships during a multi-national undersea warfare exercise with the Fifth Fleet in the Gulf of Oman, 25 March 2004. (Photographer’s Mate 1st Class Alan D. Monyelle, U.S. Navy Photograph 040325-N-9885M-009, Navy NewsStand)

Albany launched an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) while she operated on the surface on 20 July 2005. The test, utilizing a UAV similar to the AeroVironment Dragon Eye Advanced Tactical Reconnaissance Monitoring Platform (DE-ATR - subsequently designated RQ-14A), demonstrated some of the tactical advantages conferred by deploying UAVs from attack submarines. Albany worked with a tug during the evaluation.

“This technology extends the submarine’s reach. We already pride ourselves on being stealthy,” Lt. Cmdr. Rob Jezek, Albany’s executive officer, explained, “and the Advanced Tactical Recce capability within the UAV adds to our range of senses. It has many implications, including the ability to gather intelligence and perform advanced reconnaissance for Special Operations Forces insertion.”

“In a real-life scenario,” Dr. Warren Schultz, Associate Superintendent of the Chemistry Division at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), elaborated, “a submarine could launch the UAV 20 miles off the coast while inserting Special Operations Forces. The boat could maintain control of the plane and then hand it off to the Special Forces before they landed on shore. Control of the UAV is easily transferred from one operator to another.”

Dr. Schultz prepares to launch the UAV from a tug that operated with Albany, 20 July 2005, Undersea Warfare.
Dr. Schultz prepares to launch the UAV from a tug that operated with Albany, 20 July 2005. (Petty Officer 1st Class Jennifer Spinner, Undersea Warfare, Fall 2005, Vol. 7, No. 5)

During a deployment to Northern European waters, Albany spent more than 30 days operating above the Arctic Circle, while steaming in the Norwegian Sea (12 February-8 August 2010).

Detailed history under construction.

Mark L. Evans

Published: Fri Jun 12 06:47:13 EDT 2015