The first U.S. Navy ship named for the capital of Missouri, the county seat of Cole County.
(SSN-759: 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 torpedoes; class Los Angeles)
Jefferson City (SSN-759) was laid down on 21 September 1987 at Newport News, Va., by Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co.; launched on 17 August 1990; sponsored by Mrs. Susan Skelton, wife of Representative Isaac N. Skelton IV, of Missouri; and was commissioned on 29 February 1992 at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., Cmdr. Russell E. Harris in command.
Saddam Hussein deployed an estimated 40,000 Iraqi Republican Guardsmen and regulars against Irbil, a Patriotic Union of Kurdistan town 48 miles east of Mosul, Iraq, on 31 August 1996. On 3 September the United States launched Operation Desert Strike in retaliation against Hussein’s aggression — and against his targeting of coalition aircraft patrolling the northern and southern “no-fly zones.” Desert Strike attacked Iraqi fixed surface-to-air missile sites and air defense command and control facilities in southern Iraq. Guided missile cruiser Shiloh (CG-67) and guided missile destroyer Laboon (DDG-58) fired 14 of 27 BGM-109 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) launched in the first wave. Four Grumman F-14D Tomcats of Fighter Squadron (VF) 11, embarked on board aircraft carrier Carl Vinson (CVN-70), escorted two USAF Boeing B-52H Stratofortresses that staged through Guam and launched 13 AGM-86C Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missiles against the Iraqi forces. Guided missile cruiser California (CGN-36) served as the air warfare commander.
The following day, guided missile destroyers Laboon and Russell (DDG-59), destroyer Hewitt (DD-966), and Jefferson City fired 17 more TLAMs — Jefferson City fired two of the missiles. A Lockheed P-3C Orion of Patrol Squadron (VP) 1 operated in the area forward deployed through Naval Air Facility Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory. In addition, aircraft carrier Enterprise (CVN-65) received notification of deployment to the North Arabian Sea a month ahead of her scheduled voyage. On 12 September she received orders to support Desert Strike and sprinted from the Adriatic Sea, reaching the Red Sea seven days later. Hussein subsequently withdrew his troops.
Detailed history pending.
Mark L. Evans
31 August 2015