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Indianapolis (SSN-697)


Los Angeles Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 19 October 1974, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT.; Launched, 30 July 1977; Commissioned, USS Indianapolis (SSN-697), 5 January 1980. Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 17 February 1998; 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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Indianapolis1.41kTwenty one page Joint Keel Laying of the Indianapolis (SSN-697) and Launching PDF of the Philadelphia (SSN-690), 19 October 1974.Photos courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Indianapolis21kThe officers and crew of the Indianapolis (SSN-697) salute the colors as the boat starts her slide into the waters of the Thames River at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 30 July 1977. Photo courtesy of Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp.
Indianapolis66kThe weight of 6,000 tons of Indianapolis (SSN-697) foams the waters as the boat finishes her slide down the launching ways, 30 July 1977. Photo courtesy of John Hummel.
Indianapolis35kCommemorative post card marking the launching of the Indianapolis (SSN-697), at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 30 July 1977. Courtesy of Richard Leonhardt.
Indianapolis444kEleven page Welcome Aboard the Indianapolis (SSN-697)PDF.Photos courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
PDF added 12/03/17.
Indianapolis439kAerial port bow view of the Los Angeles class nuclear-powered attack submarine Indianapolis (SSN-697) underway, 1 May 1982. Photo courtesy of General Dynamics-Electric Boat, Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-SC-82-05946, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Indianapolis277k Aerial port bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Indianapolis (SSN-697) entering port to provide assistance after hurricane Iwa passed through the area on 1 May 1982.Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-SN-83-03116, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Indianapolis651kA view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Indianapolis (SSN-697) and the salvage ship Conserver (ARS-39) moored abreast, as seen from the crows nest of the Conserver (ARS-39). The ships are in the port of Nawiliwili Harbor in Kauai, Hawaii, to provide assistance after hurricane Iwa passed through the area on December 1982.Photo Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-SN-83-03113, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Indianapolis283kAerial port view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Indianapolis (SSN-697) and the salvage ship Conserver (ARS-39) moored abreast. The ships are in the port of Nawiliwili Harbor in Kauai, Hawaii, to provide assistance after hurricane Iwa passed through the area on 1 May 1982.Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-SN-83-03111, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Who Am I?185kThe helo is an SH-60B with the FLIR pod on the nose. That would place the date sometime in the last 10 years. The boat is an early Los Angeles class (SSN-688), evidenced by the sail planes and that the bow sits high in the water, i.e. no VLS in the forward ballast tank, which made the later 688's ride lower in the water.
This boat might be the Indianapolis (SSN-697), which I was serving on in 1991 and seem to remember doing some trials testing the MK 50 ASW torpedo with us as the target. I also remember a helo transfer, though I can't remember what for possible practice? We were in a bay not too far from Olympia Washington or an inlet. I do remember high speeds and large rudder angles even though we were in a tight area for torpedo retrieval. It could also be off the coast of Washington as we did some ops there before pulling into Seattle for a week.
Photo courtesy of Jack Treutle. Text courtesy of David Johnston, (USNR)& Eldridge, John CTR. Photo i.d. courtesy of Andy Southard.
Indianapolis190kThe large harbor tug Nashua (YTB-774) assists the nuclear-powered attack submarine Indianapolis (SSN-697) into port at the Ship Repair Facility Naval Station Subic Bay in the Philippines as some of the submarine crew stand on deck and the sail structure. The Indianapolis is making a port call to the naval station. Another large harbor tug, the Wauwatosa (YTB-775), passes by the stern of the submarine, 20 February 1992.Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-ST-92-06579 by PHCS James Brown, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Indianapolis176kThe nuclear-powered attack submarine Indianapolis (SSN-697) pulls into port assisted by the large harbor tugs Nashua (YTB-774) and Tamaqua (YTB-797), 21 February 1992.Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-ST-92-06636 by JO2 Roger Dutcher, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Indianapolis220kCrew members on the deck of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Indianapolis (SSN-697) position mooring lines after the submarine pulls into a berth at the pier, assisted by the large harbor tugs Nashua (YTB-774) and Tamaqua (YTB-797), 21 February 1992.Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-ST-92-06637 by JO2 Roger Dutcher, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Indianapolis60kIndianapolis (SSN-697) in the Hawaiian Op Areas; Just north west of Pearl Harbor, summer 1993; Captain David Zacharias and Navigator Dan Eytchison are on the bridge. Flying the Indy Flag that is in my possession to this date. Photo i.d. courtesy of David A. Zacharias.
Photo courtesy of globalsecurity.org.
Indianapolis473kThe sub-sail assembly of Indianapolis (SSN-697) awaiting reassembly for display at the Indiana Military Museum at Vincennes, Indiana. Photo taken on 11 June 2017.Photo courtesy of Robert Hurst.
Photo added 12/03/17.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Indianapolis (SSN-697) 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
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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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