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Birmingham (SSN-695)

Los Angeles Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 26 April 1975, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Co., Newport News, VA.; Launched, 29 October 1977; Commissioned, Birmingham (SSN-695), 16 December 1978. Decommissioned and simultaneously struck from the Naval Register, 22 December 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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Birmingham192kCommemorative cachet on the occasion of the keel laying of the Birmingham (SSN-695) 26 April 1975, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Co.Photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
decommissioning1.43k Mrs. James Allen, wife of the senator from Alabama, christening the Birmingham (SSN-695) on 29 October 1977. Newport News Shipbuilding photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
Birmingham1.30kThe Birmingham (SSN-695) is launched on 29 October 1977.Photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Birmingham169kLaunching cachet for the Birmingham's (SSN-695) on 29 October 1977.Photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Birmingham166kCachet on the occasion of the Birmingham's (SSN-695) commissioning on 16 December 1978, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Co.Photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Birmingham554kThe Birmingham (SSN-695) executes an emergency ascent demonstration during her sea trials in TOTO (Tongue of the Ocean), circa late 1977-78. The photo was taken by a Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry-dock Co. photographer who was on the range control ship. It was an operational test of the emergency blow system. This was the best emergency-blow photo that the shipyard took (of the first-contract) 688 class ships built at Newport News. USN photo courtesy of Newport News & Drydock Co.
Text info courtesy of Kirk Mathews, former Officer of the Deck.
Callahan109kCaptain Paul L. Callahan was the commanding officer of the Attack Submarine Birmingham (SSN-695) from 6 December 1978 to 28 August, 1981. USN photo # DN-SN-86-02698 by Wiseman, courtesy of Department of Defense Imagery submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Sullivan 226kRear Admiral Paul F. Sullivan graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1970. After attending basic submarine training and serving a short submarine tour, he commenced his graduate studies as a Burke Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He graduated in 1975 with degrees in Ocean Engineer and Master of Science in Ocean Engineering. In 1994 he attended the National War College where he earned a Masters in National Security Strategy. Assignments at sea have included the fleet diesel submarine, Caiman (SS-323), where he served as Supply Officer; various engineering division officer billets aboard Dace (SSN-607); Engineer Officers in George C. Marshal (SSBN-654); and Executive Officer in Richard D. Russell (SSN-687). His command tours were Birmingham (SSN-695) [8 September 1987 to 16 May 1990], homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and Florida (SSBN-728)(BLUE) [22 Feb 1991 to 21 May 1993], homeported in Bangor, Washington. While in command of Birmingham, RADM Sullivan was nominated as a Pacific Fleet finalist for the Admiral Stockdale leadership Award. As Commanding Officer of Florida, his crew earned the Marjorie Sterret Battleship Fund Award of superior combat readiness in the Pacific Fleet. Other awards won by his crew were Best Pacific TRIDENT Crew Award, Silver Anchor Award for retention excellence, Tactical Readiness Examination Top Performer, and the Squadron Battle Efficiency, Engineering and Tactical Awards. Biography from the U.S. Navy
USN photo # DN-SC-98-01017, courtesy of Department of Defense Imagery submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Callahan109kVice Admiral Dennis A. Jones, United States Navy, is deputy commander in chief, United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. The command has responsibility for all U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy strategic nuclear forces supporting the national security objective of strategic deterrence. Admiral Jones, a native of Fairbury, Nebraska, attended Fairbury Junior College and University of Nebraska before entering the United States Naval Academy. Following commissioning he attended Nuclear Power School in Mare Island, California, and nuclear prototype training in Idaho. After completion of submarine school in Groton, Connecticut, he reported to the pre-commissioning crew of Hammerhead (SSN-663). In 1970, Admiral Jones reported to Henry L. Stimson (SSBN-655) as Engineer Officer. In 1974 he reported to the staff of Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, where he served as a member of the Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board. He served as Executive Officer of Spadefish (SSN-668) from 1976 to 1979. Admiral Jones reported to the Staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington D.C., where he served as the first Nuclear Officer Programs Manager. From 28 Aug 1981-20 April 1984, Admiral Jones served as Commanding Officer of the nuclear attack submarine Birmingham (SSN-695). During that period, the ships was twice awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation and twice the Battle Efficiency "E" Award. Admiral Jones assumed the duties of Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Naval Reactors, Department of Energy in Washington D.C. in April 1984. From June 1987 to March 1989, he served as Commander Submarine Development Squadron Twelve in Groton, Connecticut. Admiral Jones served as the Command and Control Division Chief (J3) on the Joint Staff from April 1989 to April 1990. He assumed the position of Director of Special Programs in the office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition. From September 1992 to July 1993 he commanded Submarine Group EIGHT and Allied Submarines Mediterranean. In September 1994 he became Director, Submarine Warfare Division (N87). He assumed his present position in February 1996.
Admiral Jones attended Harvard University in the program for Senior Executives in National and International Security. His decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster; the Legion of Merit with three gold stars; two awards of the Meritorious Service Medal; the Navy Commendation medal; and three awards of the Meritorious Unit Commendation.
USN photo # DN-SN-84-08443, courtesy of Department of Defense Imagery submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Birmingham571kA starboard beam view of the submarine tender L. Y. Spear (AS-36) with the nuclear-powered attack submarine Birmingham (SSN-695) tied up to its side. Both ships have part of their crews manning the rail for the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered attack submarine Houston (SSN-713), 25 September 1982 at NAS Norfolk, VA. Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-ST-83-00367, courtesy of
Birmingham1.30kBirmingham (SSN-695) runs through the waves in this undated photo.Photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Birmingham22kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of Birmingham's (SSN-695) visit to Port Everglades, 3 February 1984 & a TOTO (Tongue of the Ocean) exercise.Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
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.Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-SN-84-09364 by PH2 Wujcik, courtesy of
Birmingham717kView from the Hickam side of Pearl Harbor as the Birmingham (SSN-695) reaches the mouth of the channel as it departs from the naval station after a visit, 1 June 1991. Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-SC-92-03573 by OS2 John Bouvia, courtesy of
Birmingham136kRear Admiral Jeffrey B. Cassias graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in October 1974. Rear Adm. Cassias’ sea tours included Haddock (SSN-621), Parche (SSN-683), Hawkbill (SSN-666), and Puffer (SSN-652). He also served as Anti-Submarine Officer on the staff of Commander, Carrier Group One. Rear Adm. Cassias served as Commanding Officer,Birmingham (SSN-695) from April 1992 to November 1994. During this tour, Birmingham completed an Arabian Gulf deployment with the Nimitz Battle Group and a surge deployment to the western Pacific. Birmingham was awarded the 1992 COMSUBPAC Golden Anchor Award and the 1993 Commander, Submarine Squadron Seven Battle Efficiency "E" award during Rear Adm. Cassias' tour.USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Birmingham374kThe nuclear-powered attack submarine Birmingham (SSN-695) steams through the channel as it departs from the naval station after a visit.Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-SC-92-03571 by OS2 John Bouvia, courtesy of
Birmingham688kAn aerial view of various U.S. navy ships moored at the Mina Sulman pier. Included are the nuclear-powered attack submarine Birmingham (SSN-695), the destroyer tender Cape Cod (AD-43), the guided missile cruiser Horne (CG-30), the guided missile frigate Rodney M. Davis (FFG-60), the replenishment oiler Kansas City (AOR-3), the amphibious transport dock Nashville (LPD-13), and the tank landing ship Barnstable County (LST-1197), 16 May 1993. Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-SC-93-05971 by OS2 John Bouvia, courtesy of
decommissioning143kBirmingham (SSN-695) decommissioning cachet, 22 December 1997.Photo courtesy of Scott Koen &

Commanding Officers
01CDR. Callahan, Paul Lawrence, USN (USNA 1962)06.12.1978 - 28.08.1981 First Date in Commission
02CDR. Jones, Dennis Alan, USN (USNA 1965) :VADM28.08.1981 - 20.04.1984
03CDR. Frick, Robert Ellis, USN :RADM20.04.1984 - 08.09.1987
04CDR. Sullivan, Paul Francis, USN (USNA 1970) :RADM08.09.1987 - 16.05.1990
05CDR. Nestlerode, Robert Norman, USN (USNA 1973)16.05.1990 - 09.04.1992
06CDR. Cassias, Jeffrey Brian, USN :RADM09.04.1992 - 10.11.1994
07CDR. Kenny, Mark William, USN :RADM10.11.1994 - 08.05.1996
08CDR. Burke, James Randolph (Randy), USN08.05.1996 - 23.12.1997 Last Date in Commission
Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

There is no DANFS History currently available for Birmingham (SSN-695) at the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site, the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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SSN-688 Los Angeles-class
Virtual Tour of Springfield (SSN 761) from PBS's Nova web site

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