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Jacksonville (SSN-699)


The first U.S. Navy ship named for the city in Florida.

See Jacksonville (SSN-699) for her Command Operations Reports.

(SSN-699: displacement 6,149; length 362'; beam 33'; draft 32'; speed 25 knots; complement 110; armament UGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missiles, UUM-44 SubRoc antisubmarine missiles, UGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles, and Mk 48 torpedoes—four torpedo tubes; class Los Angeles)

Jacksonville (SSN-699) was laid down on 21 February 1976 at Groton, Conn., by General Dynamics Electric Boat; launched on 18 November 1978; sponsored by Mrs. Dorothy J. Bennett, wife of Representative Charles E. Bennett of Fla.; and commissioned on 16 May 1981 at Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., Capt. Robert B. Wilkinson Jr. in command.

On the evening of 22 March 1982, as Jacksonville, Cmdr. Dennis G. Feuerbacher in command, stood out on the surface from Naval Operating Base Norfolk, Va., she collided with Turkish merchant vessel General Z. Dogan. Jacksonville returned to harbor under her own power, and the following day Cmdr. G. Michael Hewitt, the prospective commanding officer of attack submarine Buffalo (SSN-715), relieved Feuerbacher of his command pending an investigation into the incident. Feuerbacher was reassigned to the staff of Submarine Force, Atlantic Fleet. The collision caused some minor damage to General Z. Dogan, but the Turkish ship reached Norfolk. Jacksonville completed repairs and pre-overseas movement upkeep at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (26 March–27 April). 

From 10–21 September 1984, the submarine, Capt. Ricky Morris in command, trained in local operating areas along the east coast but upon returning to port collided with a barge positioned across Thimble Shoals Channel. The impact damaged Jacksonville’s sonar dome and it subsequently required replacement. On 25 September, Cmdr. Francis LaCroix relieved Capt. Morris pending an investigation into the accident. 

During training off the Virginia capes that began on 13 May 1996, Jacksonville -- Cmdr. Richard N. Current in command -- collided with container ship Saudi Makkah on 17 May. The submarine returned to Pier 23 at Norfolk, and on 23 May shifted to Pier 4 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Cmdr. Richard N. Current relieved Cmdr. John F. Yarbro Jr., as the commanding officer six days later, and while Jacksonville completed repairs in dry dock at the shipyard (20 June–16 September), Cmdr. Robert A. Gurczynski relieved Cmdr. Current on 14 August. The submarine changed her home port to Pearl Harbor, Hi., in 2009.

Jacksonville (SSN-699) 1981-121105-N-DB801-103
As she deploys from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to the western Pacific on 5 November 2012, Jacksonville passes the mooring quays off Ford Island where battleship California (BB-44) lay during the Japanese attack on 7 December 1941. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steven Khor, U.S. Navy Photograph 121105-N-DB801-103, Navy NewsStand)
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Jacksonville moors at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, 15 November 2012. (Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Mercil, U.S. Navy Photograph 121115-N-DI599-004, Navy NewsStand)

While operating at periscope depth in the Arabian Gulf, the attack submarine struck a vessel at approximately 0500 on 10 January 2013. Jacksonville surfaced to ascertain if the unidentified ship sustained damage, however, the latter continued on a consistent course and speed, offering no indication of distress or acknowledgement of a collision. A Lockheed P-3C Orion later searched the area and saw no debris in the water or vessels in distress. Jacksonville moored at Bahrain at 1000 on 12 January, and began repairs. 

The submarine completed her final deployment during a patrol to the western Pacific when she returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on 10 August 2017. Jacksonville spent 208 days at sea, steamed more than 48,000 nautical miles, and carried out maritime security operations and joint exercises with the Japanese and Indian fleets. In addition, the boat visited Bahrain, Oman, Guam, and Singapore. 

Jacksonville, Cmdr. Steven E. Faulk in command, set out on her final voyage as a commissioned man-of-war when she turned her prow toward the west coast (4–11 December 2017). The submarine was inactivated on 1 May 2018, at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Wash., in preparation to be de-fueled by Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. 

Detailed history pending. 

Mark L. Evans
14 May 2018

Published: Mon May 14 08:42:02 EDT 2018