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Memphis (SSN-691)


Los Angeles Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 23 June 1973, at Newport New Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.; Launched, 3 April 1976; Commissioned, USS Memphis (SSN-691), 17 December 1977. Memphis was decommissioned on 1 April 2011.

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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Memphis14kCommemorative postal cover issued on the occasion of the keel laying of the Memphis (SSN-691), 23 June 1973, at Newport New Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Memphis1.21kSixteen page Launching PDF of the Memphis (SSN-691) on 23 June 1973, at Newport New Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Memphis73kNoteables address the crowd at Memphis's (SSN-691) launching on 3 April 1976.USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.
Memphis17k Commemorative postal cover issued on the occasion of the Memphis's (SSN-691) first builders trials on 3 October 1977. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Memphis358kAerial port bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Memphis (SSN-691) underway on 14 November 1977. USN photo # DN-SN-82-11141, by Lloyd Everton, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Memphis86kMemphis (SSN-691) on sea trials, underway on 14 November 1977.Official USN photo courtesy of Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
Memphis294kAerial starboard quarter view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Memphis (SSN-691) underway on sea trials 14 November 1977. USN photo # DN-SN-82-11138, by Lloyd Everton, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Memphis1.04kAerial stern view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Memphis (SSN-691) underway on sea trials 14 November 1977.U.S. Navy photo DN-SN-84-00380 from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Photo added 09/13/16.
Memphis23kCommemorative postal cover issued on the occasion of the commissioning of the Memphis (SSN-691), 17 December 1977, at Newport New Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Memphis72kStarboard quarter bow view of the Memphis (SSN-691) on sea trials, circa 1977.Courtesy of USNI.
Memphis560kEight page Welcome Aboard PDF of the Memphis (SSN-691).USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Richard B. Russell231k The Los Angeles Class nuclear-powered attack submarines Cincinnati (SSN-693) and Memphis (SSN-691) display ensigns and union jacks during the commissioning ceremony for their sister ship, the Salt Lake City (SSN-716). Moored alongside the submarine tender L.Y. Spear (AS-36) is the nuclear-powered attacks submarine Richard B. Russell (SSN-687) on 12 May 1984. USN photo # DN-ST-84-09330, by PH1 Wujcik, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Memphis313k Workers and crew inspect mooring lines positioning the nuclear-powered attack submarine Memphis (SSN-691) in the medium auxiliary floating dry dock Resolute (AFDM-10) at NAS Norfolk, VA., on 21 October 1992. USN photo # DN-ST-93-00672, by Jeff Cordia, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Memphis224kA starboard quarter view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Memphis (SSN-691) moored in the medium auxiliary floating dry dock Resolute (AFDM-10). USN photo # DN-ST-93-00676, by Jeff Cordia, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Memphis115k A port bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Memphis (SSN-691) secured in the medium auxiliary floating dry dock Resolute (AFDM-10). USN photo # DN-ST-93-00677, by Jeff Cordia, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Memphis139kThe setting sun silhouettes the nuclear-powered attack submarine Memphis (SSN-691) in the medium auxiliary floating dry dock Resolute (AFDM-10). USN photo # DN-ST-93-00679, by Jeff Cordia, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Memphis138kRear Adm. Richard P. Breckenridge, a native of Marshfield, Mass., graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1982. Following nuclear power training, he reported to Hammerhead (SSN-663) where he served in several division officer assignments and conducted one Mediterranean deployment (1984 to 1987). He served in Florida (SSBN-728) (GOLD) as the navigator/operations officer (1990 to 1993) supporting five strategic deterrent patrols. Breckenridge served as executive officer in Philadelphia (SSN-690) (1995 to 1997) conducting two North Atlantic deployments. In command of Memphis (SSN-691) from 2001 to 2004, his crew conducted numerous tactical development exercises and fleet operations including a 2003 deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Breckenridge's most recent afloat command was commander, Submarine Squadron Four, responsible for 10 submarines representing all three attack submarine classes. USN photo # N-4943L-002 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Robert Keilman, courtesy of news.navy.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Memphis138kThe Japanese Ambassador to Bahrain, Takao Natusme, left, and the German Ambassador to Bahrain, Wolfgange Lerke, center, are briefed on the capabilities of the attack submarine Memphis (SSN-691) control systems by Electronics Technician Petty Officer 1st Class (SS) Terence M. Lorino, at Manama, Bahrain, 23 August 2003.USN photo # N-3349L-003 by Journalist 2nd Class Daniel Lapierre, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Memphis61kThe rock band Blink-182 bassist and singer Mark Hoppus negotiates his way into torpedo tube one aboard the nuclear-powered attack submarine Memphis (SSN-691). Morale Welfare and Recreation, Naval Personnel Command Millington, Tenn. and MWR, NSA Bahrain brought Blink-182 to Bahrain to perform for Sailors, Marines and their families on 25 August 2003.USN photo # N-4943L-004 by Journalist 2nd Class Steven Feller, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Memphis356k Memphis (SSN-691) heads out to sea following a brief stop at Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, on 16 December 2003. USN photo # N-0780F-073 by Paul Farley, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Memphis151k Memphis (SSN-691) heads out to sea following a brief stop at Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, on 16 December 2003. USN photo # N-0780F-076 by Paul Farley, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Memphis213kA sheet of ice covers the sail of the Los Angeles-class attack submarine Memphis (SSN-691) as it returns to the Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Conn., 16 January 2004 from a recent deployment in support of various missions including Operation Iraqi Freedom. More than 200 friends and family members braved subzero temperatures to welcome the crew home.USN photo # N-0247F-019 by Journalist 2nd Class Steven Feller, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Memphis53k (Left to right) Heather and Jennifer Kinley, Michelle Wright and Deborah Allen serenade the crew of Memphis (SSN-691) over the submarine's internal communication system during a tour of the submarine at Groton, Conn. 13 August 2004. Afterwards, they all invited the crew to the show. USN photo by JO3 Steven Feller, courtesy of csg2.navy.mil. & submitted to this site by Bill Gonyo.
Memphis124k Sailors aboard the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine Memphis (SSN-691) man the fair-water planes as their submarine approaches the pier.USN photo # N-0653J-003 by Lt. Mark Jones, courtesy of news.navy.mil. Text i.d. courtesy of Michael E. Grey, TM2/SS, USS Woodrow Wilson SSBN-624-G/1968-71.
Memphis93kNaval Submarine Support Facility Weapons personnel along with Sailors from fast attack submarine Memphis (SSN-691) work together to load weapons on the boat at Submarine Base New London on 15 March 2007.USN photo # N-8467N-001 by John Narewski, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Memphis69kSailors assigned to fast attack submarine Memphis (SSN-691) lower the ensign before departing Port Everglades on 4 May 2007. USN photo # N-7955L-298 by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Christopher Lange, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Memphis70k The crew of the nuclear fast-attack submarine Memphis (SSN-691) enjoy chow on the mess decks during Fleet Week in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 4 May 2007. USN photo # N-4943L-002 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Robert Keilman, courtesy of news.navy.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Memphis219kU.S. Navy Capt. Kenneth M. Perry makes his remarks during a Submarine Development Squadron 12 change of command on board the submarine Memphis (SSN-691), 18 July 2008. Capt. Burke relieved Capt. Perry as Commander Submarine Development Squadron Twelve. USN photo # N-8467N-005 by John Narewski, courtesy of news.navy.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Memphis127kSailors aboard Memphis (SSN-691) prepares for mooring at Naval Submarine Base New London after returning from its final deployment. USN photo # N-AW342-019 by Mass Communication Specialist Virginia K. Schaefer via flickr.com.
Memphis132kSailors aboard Memphis (SSN-691) raise the national ensign during the submarine's homecoming on 2 March 2011. Memphis returned to Naval Submarine Base New London following her final deployment. A decommissioning ceremony will be held at the base 1 April. USN photo # N-AW342-041 by Mass Communication Specialist Virginia K. Schaefer via flickr.com.
Memphis410k Vice Adm. John M. Richardson, commander of Submarine Forces, is piped aboard the attack submarine Memphis (SSN-691) before the submarine's decommissioning ceremony on 1 April. USN photo # N-8467N-001 by John Narewski courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Memphis470kThe fast attack submarine Memphis (SSN-691) transits the Thames River for the final time on 6 April 2011. Memphis was decommissioned 1 April, at Shepard of the Sea Chapel after 33 years of active service. Memphis is traveling to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine to begin inactivation. USN photo # N-8467N-004 by John Narewski courtesy of news.navy.mil.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Memphis (SSN-691) 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
SSN-688 Los Angeles-class
Virtual Tour of USS Springfield (SSN 761) from PBS's Nova web site

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