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New York City (SSN-696)

Los Angeles Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 15 December 1973, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT.; Launched, 18 June 1977; Commissioned, USS New York City (SSN-696), 3 March 1979. Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 30 April 1997; Final Disposition, in storage at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard awaiting disposal through the 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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183k Keel cachet of the New York City (SSN-696), 15 December 1973. USN photo USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
735k Initialing of the keel of the New York City (SSN-696) by Mrs. James L. Buckley. USN photo USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
New York City4.00kCliff Notes version of the New York City (SSN-696) covering Keel Laying, Commissioning, Launching & Welcome Aboard ceremonies.USN photo USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
New York City1.60kThe New York City (SSN-696) slides down the launching ways at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 18 June 1977.Photo courtesy of Electric Boat and General Dynamics Corporations via Scott Koen &
New York City2.29kLaunching Ceremony, 18 June 1977 & Welcome Aboard Pamphlet of the New York City (SSN-696). PDF file of 20 photos.USN photo USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
722k An 1979 Oil on canvas painting by the artist William Merklein entitled "Commission of the New York City (SSN-696)." Photo courtesy of
735k New York City (SSN-696) not off the coast of NYC. Photo courtesy of
New York City2.89kCommissioning Ceremony, 3 March 1979 of the New York City (SSN-696). PDF file of 26 photos.USN photo USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
New York City541kThe New York City (SSN-696) on 20 April 1982.USN photo USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
New York City430kAn aerial port bow view of the Los Angeles class nuclear-powered attack submarine New York City (SSN-696) underway on 1 May 1982. Official USN photo # DN-SC-82-05952, courtesy of Electric Boat and General Dynamics Corporations, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of
New York City55k Acrylic, watercolour and gouache painting by the artist Viktor Stepansky entitled "Los Angeles Class in the Waves". Photo courtesy of
New York City47k Watercolour painting by the artist Jim Christley entitled "Working Up To Speed".
A Los Angeles class submarine pushes a tremendous bow wake when traveling on the surface at high speed. This submarine, built to travel more efficiently when completely submerged, is working its way up to its full speed while passing a sloop of another age.
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New York City302kThe New York City (SSN-696) is welcomed back from a patrol.USN photo USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
New York City31kNew York City (SSN-696) steel beach, possibly off Hawaii, circa early 1980's.Photo i.d. courtesy of Don Cole Reed.
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New York City3.60kInactivaion Ceremony, 1 December 1995 of the New York City (SSN-696). PDF file of 25 photos. USN photo USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
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 (SSN-591),
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).
As time passes & more boats are retired from service and their reactors are brought here, so the numbers rise. In this photo dated November 2009, 98 nuclear submarines and six nuclear cruisers have been recycled. For an up to date view, click here
USN photo submitted by Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
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Commanding Officers
01CDR. Ross, James Andrew, USN03.03.1979 - 30.03.1981 First Date in Commission
02CDR. Walther, Arthur Ernest, USN (USNA 1963)30.03.1981 - 20.07.1984
03CDR. Crotteau, Robert Allen, USN (USNA 1968)20.07.1984 - 24.02.1988
04CDR. Travis, Thomas Lee, USN (USNA 1971)24.02.1988 - 30.10.1990
05CDR. Miletich, Charles Anthony, USN (USNA 1974)30.10.1990 - 04.06.1993
06CDR. Vaughn, Gregory Martin, USN (USNA 1976)04.06.1993 - 03.07.1996
07CDR. Martinez, Ricardo, USN (USNA 1978)03.07.1996 - 30.04.1997 Last Date in Commission
Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler

There is no DANFS History currently available for New York City (SSN-696) 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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