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New York City (SSN-696)

1979-1997

(SSN-696: displacement 6,090 (surfaced), 6,927 (submerged); length 360'; beam 33'; draft 32'; speed 25+; complement 110; 4 21-inch torpedo tubes (Mk. 48 ADCAP, Harpoon, Tomahawk; class Los Angeles)

New York City (SSN-696) was laid down on 15 December 1973 at Groton, Ct., by General Dynamics’ Electric Boat Division; launched on 18 June 1977; sponsored by Mrs. James R. Schlesinger, wife of Secretary of Defense James R. Schlesinger; delivered on 23 January 1979; and commissioned on 3 March 1979, Cmdr. James A. Ross in command.

New York City carried out four deployments to the western Pacific (WestPac) between 1981 and 1985, and participated in numerous fleet exercises during those periods. After undergoing a modernization overhaul at Pearl Harbor (December 1985 – February 1988), the boat deployed to the Northern Pacific (November-December 1988). She made a WestPac deployment in 1989, then a second Northern Pacific deployment in early 1990, and two WestPac deployments in 1991.  New York City carried out eastern Pacific deployments in 1992 and 1993; and additional deployments to both the western and eastern Pacific in 1994-1995.

Simultaneously inactivated, decommissioned, and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 30 April 1997, New York City was subsequently earmarked for submarine recycling.

During her operational career, New York City received four Meritorious Unit Commendations, one Navy Expeditionary Medal, and one Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation. 

Detailed history in preparation.

Robert J. Cressman

6 April 2016

Published: Mon Apr 11 09:06:48 EDT 2016