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Groton (SSN-694)

Los Angeles Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 3 August 1973, at the Electric Boat Div. of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT.; Launched, 9 October 1976; Commissioned, USS Groton (SSN-694), 8 July 1978. Decommissioned and simultaneously struck from the Naval Register, 7 November 1997; Final Disposition, to be disposed of through NPSSRP (Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA.

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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Groton 202k Commemorative post mark on the occasion of the Groton's (SSN-694) keel laying, 3 August 1973, at the Electric Boat Div. of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT. USN photo courtesy of Electric Boat & Scott Koen
Groton 69k Into the Thames River, the Groton (SSN-694) starts to get wet at her launching at the Electric Boat Div. of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 9 October 1976. Courtesy of USNI.
Groton 22k Commemorative post card marking the builder's first sea trials of the Groton (SSN-694), on 3 April 1978. Courtesy of Richard Leonhardt.
Groton 114k The Groton (SSN-694), possibly on her first sea trials on 3 April 1978. Official USN photo courtesy of Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
James K. Polk1.16kFifteen page Welcome Aboard Program for the Groton (SSN-694).USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Groton 47k Vice Admiral George W. Emery served as the Commanding Officer of the Groton (SSN-694) from December 1979 to December 1982. He also served as the Gold crew Commanding Officer of the ballistic missile submarine Ohio (SSBN-726) from April 1983 to May 1985. Photo courtesy of the National Historical Center via Bill Gonyo.
Groton 283k An aerial bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Groton (SSN-694) underway on 1 May 1982. Official USN photo # DN-SC-82-05951 by General Dynamic Electric Boat, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of
Groton 487k Painted Groton (SSN-694). Photo courtesy of Electric Boat & Scott Koen
Groton 172k Photo of the Groton (SSN-694) titled "Portsmouth England August 1984". Photo by Jim McGovern.
Groton 314k A bow-on view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Groton (SSN-694), 6 November 1984. Official USN photo # DN-SN-85-01689 from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Groton 78k The Groton (SSN-694) welcomes the Georgia (SSBN-729) home for the holidays, 25 December 1984. Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
Groton 106k Groton (SSN-694) departing New London on Friday morning, 12 July 1991, passing the State Pier and old Fulton (AS-11). Photo by Ken Hart.
Groton 74k Groton (SSN-694) passes under the railroad bridge next to the Gold Star bridge in Groton, 12 July 1991. Photo by Ken Hart.
Groton 75k Groton (SSN-694) departs New London, Friday morning, 12 July 1991. Photo by Ken Hart.
Groton & Rhode Island 84k Groton (SSN-694) arriving at New London, passing Electric Boat yard and Rhode Island (SSBN-740) fitting out in early 1993. Photo by Ken Hart.
Groton 124k Groton (SSN-694) arriving with assistance from a yard tug, 1993. Photo by Ken Hart.
Groton 91k Cracked sonar dome of the Groton (SSN-694) after returning to Kings Bay, GA, 23 July 1996. The rupture was caused by an air pocket that did not fully vent upon submerging. Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory). Photo i.d. courtesy of Kenneth Reed, EDMC Ret.
Groton 22k Groton (SSN-694), bow view in Gibraltar, date unknown. USN photo.

Commanding Officers
01CDR. Vogel III, Raymond William, USN (USNA 1962)08.07.1978 - 15.02.1980 First Date in Commission
02CDR. Emery, George Williams, USN (USNA 1963) :VADM15.02.1980 - 03.12.1982
03CDR. Crahan, Gary Michael, USN03.12.1982 - 19.07.1985
04CDR. Sjostrom, Nils Alfred, USN (USNA 1969)19.07.1985 - 17.03.1989
05CDR. Preston, Randall Dills, USN (USNA 1972)17.03.1989 - 08.11.1991
06CDR. Davis, Larry H., USN08.11.1991 - 14.05.1994
07CDR. Flacco, Nicholas Louis, USN14.05.1994 - 09.05.1997
08CDR. Martinez, Ricardo, USN (USNA 1978)09.05.1997 - 07.11.1997 Last Date in Commission
Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

There is no DANFS History currently available for Groton (SSN-694) 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
USS Groton SSN 694 Reunion Page
SSN-688 Los Angeles-class
Virtual Tour of USS Springfield (SSN 761) from PBS's Nova web site

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