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Chicago IV (SSN-721)

1986–

The fourth U.S. Navy ship named for the city in Illinois. The first Chicago, a protected cruiser, was reclassified to a heavy cruiser (CA-14) on 17 July 1920, renamed Alton on 16 July 1928 and reclassified to a miscellaneous auxiliary (IX-5), and served (with brief interruptions) from 1889–1936. The second Chicago, a heavy cruiser (CA-29), served from 1931–1943. The third Chicago, also a heavy cruiser (CA-136), was reclassified to a guided missile cruiser (CG-11) on 1 November 1958, and served (with a brief interruption) from 1945–1984.

See Chicago (SSN-721) for her Command Operations Reports.

IV

(SSN-721: displacement 6,162; length 362'; beam 33'; draft 31'; speed 25 knots; complement 110; armament UGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missiles, UGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles, and Mk 48 torpedoes -- four torpedo tubes; class Los Angeles)

The fourth Chicago (SSN-721) was laid down on 5 January 1983 at Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Va.; launched on 13 October 1984; sponsored by Mrs. Vicki A. Paisley, wife of Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Engineering and Systems) Melvyn R. Paisley; and commissioned on 27 September 1986 at Norfolk, Va., Cmdr. Robert B. Avery in command.

Chicago IV (SSN-721) 1986-86-192
Chicago demonstrates her great engine power as she slices through the water during her sea trials off the Virginia capes, 24 July 1986. (Stu Gilman, Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Photograph 86-192 donated to the Navy, Chicago (SSN-721), Ships History, Naval History and Heritage Command)
Chicago IV (SSN-721) 1986-86-191
Lookouts man the sail but display relaxed demeanors as the submarine steams serenely on the surface, 24 July 1986. (Caroline Kiehner, Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Photograph 86-191 donated to the Navy, Chicago (SSN-721), Ships History, Naval History and Heritage Command)
Chicago IV (SSN-721) 1986-050204-N-4723L-003
A starboard bow view of Chicago as she arrives at Navy Base Kitsap, Bangor, Wash., 4 April 2005. The attack submarine steamed to the area to complete a scheduled availability there and at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard at Bremerton. (Ray F. Longaker Jr., U.S. Navy Photograph 050204-N-4723L-003, Navy NewsStand)

Detailed history under construction.

Mark L. Evans

13 August 2015

Published: Thu Aug 13 15:22:49 EDT 2015