The fourth U.S. Navy ship named Hampton. The first Hampton, a wooden tug built in 1905, was chartered by the Navy in 1918, reclassified to a section patrol boat (S.P. No. 3049) but used as a tug under her former name, and served from 1918–1919. The second Hampton was commissioned as 163-foot submarine chaser PCS-1386 in 1944, named Hampton on 15 February 1956, and served until 1959. The third Hampton, an attack transport (APA-115), was named after the county in South Carolina, and served from 1945–1946. The fourth Hampton is named for cities in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Virginia.
(SSN-767: 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 fourth Hampton (SSN-767) was laid down on 2 March 1990 at Newport News, Va., by Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co.; launched on 3 April 1992; sponsored by Mrs. Laura Y. Bateman, wife of Representative Herbert H. Bateman of Virginia; and was commissioned on 6 November 1993, Cmdr. David J. Antanitus in command.
Hampton, Cmdr. Lincoln M. Reifsteck in command, and New Mexico (SSN-779), participated in ICEX-2014 during the spring of 2014, a joint exercise to test allied submarine operability and war fighting capabilities in Arctic waters. The two attack boats carried out the exercise in conjunction with the Navy’s Arctic Submarine Laboratory, and Ice Camp Nautilus, an Applied Physics Laboratory Ice Station built on the Arctic Ocean sea ice north of Deadhorse (Prudhoe Bay), Alaska. The camp consisted of a small village, constructed and operated especially for the exercise by the Applied Physics Laboratory of the University of Washington. Range safety officers at the ice station coordinated the exercise, monitoring the movement of and communication with the two submarines. Hampton embarked staff from the Arctic Submarine Laboratory and steamed from Naval Base Point Loma, Calif., on 26 February 2014, passing through the Bering Strait to operate with New Mexico and the camp. Following the data collection, Hampton surfaced at the North Pole, where many of her crewmembers stepped ashore for an “on ice liberty.” She came about, made a re-supply visit to Bangor, Wash., from 21–24 April, carried out sound trials near Ketchikan, Alaska, from 24 April–6 May, and then returned to Point Loma. Following the completion of ICEX-2014, the Navy planned to share the camp for civilian scientific research as part of the International Polar Year.
Detailed history under construction.
Mark L. Evans
21 September 2015