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Buffalo III (SSN-715)


(SSN-715: displacement 6,142 (full load); length 362; beam 33’; draft 32’; speed 20+ knots; complement 110; armament 4 torpedo tubes, Tomahawk, Harpoon; class Los Angeles)

The third Buffalo (SSN-715) was laid down on 25 January 1980 at Newport News, Va., by the Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Corp.; launched on 8 May 1982; sponsored by Mrs. Jack Kemp, wife of the Honorable Jack Kemp, who represented the state of New York’s 31st Congressional District; delivered to the Navy on 27 October 1983, and commissioned at Norfolk, Va., on 5 November 1983, Cmdr. G. Michael Hewitt in command.

Assigned to the Pacific Fleet, Buffalo is, as of 2016, homeported at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

During Buffalo’s years of service, she has been awarded two Navy Unit Commendations, three Meritorious Unit Commendations, six Navy “E” Ribbons, three Secretary of the Navy Letters of Commendation, and one Chief of Naval Operations’ Letter of Commendation.

Detailed history pending.

Robert J. Cressman

11 July 2016

Published: Tue Dec 12 22:55:45 EST 2017