The second U.S. Navy ship named for the capital city of Idaho. The first Boise, a light cruiser (CL-47), served from 1938–1951.
(SSN-764: displacement 6,927; 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 Advanced Capability (ADCAP) torpedoes; class Los Angeles)
The second Boise (SSN-764) was laid down on 25 August 1988 at Newport News, Va., by Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co.; launched on 23 March 1991; sponsored by Mrs. Louise M. McClure, wife of Senator James A. McClure of Idaho; and was commissioned on 7 November 1992 at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., Cmdr. David D. Mericle in command.
On 9 May 2000, Boise buried the remains of the late Capt. George L. Street III (Ret.), at sea. Street, commanding submarine Tirante (SS-420), attacked Japanese convoy MOSI-02 in the approaches to the Yellow Sea on 14 April 1945, taking his boat through mined and shoal-obstructed waters to sink transport Jusan Maru, escort vessel Nomi, and Coast Defense Vessel No. 31 west of Quelpart Island. He subsequently received the Medal of Honor for his feat of daring.
Boise, Cmdr. James M. Kuzma in command, deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom I, from 13 February–15 April 2003. On 3 December 2003, Kuzma received the Bronze Star for his command of the boat during these battles.
“The Submarine Force brings stealth, endurance, agility, and firepower to the battlefield, and these three units are shining examples of those characteristics,” Vice Adm. Kirkland H. Donald, Commander Naval Submarine Forces explained. “The success of these submarines [is] the direct result of the superior leadership skills of the three commanding officers before you today," he continued. "These skills, coupled with the ability to make tough decisions that only commanding officers must make, are the reasons we are here today.”
Boise circumnavigated the globe during a 37,000-mile voyage, from 30 October 2006–30 May 2007. She deployed from Norfolk, slipped beneath the Arctic ice to the Pacific, passed northward through the Suez Canal, crossed the Mediterranean, and returned to Norfolk. The attack submarine visited Yokosuka, Japan; Guam; Singapore; Limassol, Cyprus; and Toulon, France.
“The original plan was to do a Western Pacific cruise and return through the Panama Canal, but we were reassigned to the Indian Ocean,” Cmdr. Rodney A. Mills, Boise’s commanding officer, explained. “The crew responded well to the change and I’m proud of them. They did a great job and we had a lot of fun doing it with no problems.”
Detailed history under construction.
Mark L. Evans
10 September 2015