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Baton Rouge (SSN-689)


Los Angeles Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 8 January 1971, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Co., Newport News, VA.; Launched, 26 April 1975; Commissioned, USS Baton Rouge (SSN-689), 25 June 1977. Decommissioned and simultaneously struck from the Naval Register, 13 January 1995; Final Disposition, to be disposed of through NPSSRP (Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 30 September 1997.

Specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 6,000 t., Submerged: 6.927 t.; Length 360'; Beam 33'; Draft 29'; Speed, Surfaced 25 kts, Submerged 30+ kts; Depth limit 950'; Complement 129; Armament, four 21" torpedo tubes aft of bow can also launch Harpoon and Tomahawk ASM/LAM missiles & MK-48 torpedoes; Combat Systems, AN/BPS-5 surface search radar, AN/BPS-15 A/16 navigation and fire control radar, TB-16D passive towed sonar arrays, TB-23 passive "thin line" towed array, AN/BQG-5D wide aperture flank array, AN/BQQ-5D/E low frequency spherical sonar array, AN/BQS-15 close range active sonar (for ice detection); MIDAS Mine and Ice Detection Avoidance System, SADS-TG active detection sonar, Type 2 attack periscope (port), Type 18 search periscope (starboard), AN/BSY-1 (primary computer); UYK-7; UYK-43; UYK-44, WLR-9 Acoustic Intercept Receiver, ESM; Propulsion System, S6G nuclear reactor one propeller at 35,000 shp.
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Baton Rouge15kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of the keel laying of the Baton Rouge (SSN-689), 8 January 1971, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Co., Newport News, VA.
Photo courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Baton Rouge430kKeel laying of the Baton Rouge (SSN-689), 8 January 1971, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Co., Newport News, VA.Photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
Baton Rouge111kBaton Rouge (SSN-689), during sea trials, 31 May 1977.US Navy photo, courtesy of John Hummel.
Baton Rouge75kBaton Rouge (SSN-689), during sea trials, 31 May 1977.US Navy photo, courtesy of John Hummel.
Baton Rouge35kBaton Rouge (SSN-689), Newport News Ship, sea trials, 31 May 1977.
US Navy photo, courtesy of Kelsey Baker, former crewmember.
Baton Rouge3.58kTwenty nine page Commissioning PDF for the Baton Rouge (SSN-689)U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Baton Rouge183kCommissioning crew of the Baton Rouge (SSN-689).U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Baton Rouge740kSeven page Welcome Aboard PDF for the Baton Rouge (SSN-689)U.S. Navy Photograph courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Baton Rouge81kCrewmen monitor consoles at their diving stations aboard a Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered attack submarine on 1 July 1981. US Navy photo # DN-ST-88-07345 by Fred Maroon, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Birmingham339kFour Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered attack submarines display ensigns and union jacks during the commissioning ceremony for their sister ship, the Salt Lake City (SSN-716). Moored together at a pier are the Baton Rouge (SSN-689), the Atlanta (SSN-712), the Birmingham (SSN-695), and the Norfolk (SS-714) at Norfolk, VA on 12 May 1984. US Navy photo # DN-SN-84-09364 by PH2 Wujcik, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Baton Rouge209kThree Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered attack submarines display ensigns and union jacks during the commissioning ceremony for their sister ship, the Salt Lake City (SSN-716). Moored together at a pier are the Baton Rouge (SSN-689), the Atlanta (SSN-712), and the Norfolk (SS-714) at Norfolk, VA on 12 May 1984. US Navy photo # DN-SN-84-09351 by PH2 Wujcik, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Baton Rouge207k A starboard beam view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Baton Rouge (SSN-689) underway near La Maddalena, Italy on 8 Nov 1984. Official U.S. Navy Photograph # DN-ST-85-01462, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Baton Rouge52kThe Baton Rouge (SSN-689) cruises the ocean on a calm day. US Navy photo courtesy of cnrc.navy.mil & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Baton Rouge355k Deactivation of Baton Rouge (SSN-689) at Mare Island. Her official deactivation yard period was 1 Nov 1993 to 17 Fen 1995. Date of photo unknown but Alcatraz Island is in the background. US Navy photo, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Baton Rouge73k The first ever waterborne removal of a submarine sonar dome at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in June 1994 from the Baton Rouge (SSN-689). All pictures appeared in the 10 Jun 1994 issue of the shipyard's newspaper the "Grapevine". The first of four photos appears below.
Divers begin the process of removing the dome cone.
US Navy photo, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Baton Rouge73k Workers begin the process of separating the dome. US Navy photo, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Baton Rouge66k The dome is separated and waters fill the interior section of the Baton Rouge (SSN-689). US Navy photo, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Baton Rouge48k The dome is completely removed from the Baton Rouge (SSN-689) and is raised from the water. US Navy photo, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Baton Rouge89k A collage of pictures of the towing of the Baton Rouge (SSN-689) from Mare Island Naval Shipyard in April 21 1995, as they appeared on the front page of shipyard's newspaper the "Grapevine". US Navy photo, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Baton Rouge105k The decommissioned submarine Baton Rouge (SSN-689), is seen in dry dock #2 at Mare Island, February 1995. She was the last ship to be docked at the now closed shipyard. She was in dock for the installation of the Mare Island reusable tow bridle (the structure around her bow).
US Navy photo # 270546, courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.
Scrapping 25kCommemorative post card marking the scrapping of the Seawolf (SSN-575), Snook (SSN-592), Patrick Henry (SSBN-599), Henry Clay (SSBN-625) and Baton Rouge (SSN-689), 31 August 1997 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA.Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Spent Fuel569kSealed reactor compartments are shipped by barge out of Puget Sound Naval Base down the coast and along the Columbia River to the port of Benton. There the radioactively-contaminated hull sections are transferred to special multiwheeled high-load trailers for transport to the Hanford Reservation in Washington State. Pictured below is the burial ground for spent fuel of the following 77 nuclear reactor submarines as of March 2003:
Patrick Henry (SSBN-599),
Snook (SSN-592),
George Washington (SSBN-598),
Scamp (SSN-588),
Robert E. Lee (SSBN-601),
Thomas Jefferson (SSBN-618),
Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN-600),
Dace (SSN-607),
John Adams (SSBN-620),
Abraham Lincoln (SSBN-602),
Barb (SSN-596),
Ethan Allen (SSBN-608),
Thomas A. Edison (SSBN-610),
Pollack (SSN-603),
Glenard P. Lipscomb (SSN-685),
James Monroe (SSBN-622),
Skipjack (SS-585),
Nathan Hale (SSBN-623),
Plunger (SSN-595),
Shark (SS-174),
Lafayette (SSBN-616),
Sam Houston (SSBN-609),
Jack (SSN-605),
Haddo (SSN-604),
Tinosa (SSN-606),
Guardfish (SSN-612),
Permit (SSN-594),
Queenfish (SSN-651),
Ulysses S. Grant (SSBN-631),
John Marshall (SSBN-611),
George C. Marshall (SSBN-654),
Flasher (SSN-613),
Guitarro (SSN-665),
Alexander Hamilton (SSBN-617),
George Washington Carver (SSBN-656),
Tecumseh (SSBN-628),
Halibut (SSGN-587),
Will Rogers (SSBN-659),
Henry L. Stimson (SSBN-655),
Daniel Boone (SSBN-629),
Greenling (SSN-614),
John C. Calhoun (SSBN-630),
Casimir Pulaski (SSBN-633),
Skate (SSN-578),
Sargo (SSN-583),
Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657),
Sturgeon (SSN-637),
Benjamin Franklin (SSBN-640),
Swordfish (SSN-579),
Seadragon (SSN-584),
Stonewall Jackson (SSBN-634),
Simon Bolivar (SSBN-641),
Hammerhead (SSN-663),
Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658) ,
Tullibee (SSN-597),
Lewis & Clark (SSBN-644),
Pargo (SSN-650),
Seahorse (SSN-669),
Gurnard (SSN-662),
Flying Fish (SSN-673),
Gato (SSN-615),
Puffer (SSN-652),
Seawolf (SSN-575),
Baton Rouge (SSN-689),
Bergall (SSN-667),
Whale (SSN-638),
Henry Clay (SSBN-625),
James Madison (SSBN-627),
Finback (SSN-670),
Spadefish (SSN-668),
Sunfish (SSN-649),
George Bancroft (SSBN-643),
Grayling (SSN-646),
Pintado (SSN-672),
Tunny (SSN-682),
Archerfish (SSN-678),
& Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624).
USN photo & partial text courtesy of home.flash.net/~tomj/tunny/chop/rx. & submitted by Jack Treutle.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Baton Rouge (SSN-689) at the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site, the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
Fleet Reserve Association

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Virtual Tour of USS Springfield (SSN 761) from PBS's Nova web site
USS Baton Rouge (SSN-689)
SSN-688 Los Angeles-class

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