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Boston (SSN-703)


Los Angeles Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 11 August 1978, at the Electric Boat Division, of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT.; Launched, 19 April 1980; Commissioned, USS Boston (SSN-703), 30 January 1982; Decommissioned, 19 November 1999 and simultaneously Struck from the Naval Register; Final Disposition, disposed of through NPSSRP (Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA., 1 January 2002.

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 1.07; 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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Ohio1.07k Taken 8 December 1979 during the launch of the Phoenix (SSN-702).
Ohio (SSBN-726) is in the water, the Michigan (SSBN-727) is on her starboard side out of the water, and the Florida (SSN-728) is partially visible (starboard/aft) in the large assembly building. The Boston (SSN-703) is barely visible just inside the open bay doors in the small assembly building closest to the starboard side of the Florida (SSBN-728) and the Phoenix is being launched. I believe that the City of Corpus Christi (SSN-705) is barely visible behind the closed bay doors to the port of the Phoenix.
USN photo courtesy of globalsecurity.org.
Text courtesy of Bruce McCausland.
Boston132kLaunching of the Boston (SSN-703) at the Electric Boat Division, of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 19 April 1980.USN photo courtesy of brucemccausland.com & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Boston373kA stern Boston (SSN-703) is launched on 19 April 1980. Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Boston26kCommemorative postal cover marking the launching of the Boston (SSN-703), at the Electric Boat Division, of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 19 April 1980. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Boston55kCommemorative postal cover marking the launching of the Boston (SSN-703), at the Electric Boat Division, of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 19 April 1980. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Boston2.04kNineteen page PDF Launching Program for the Boston (SSN-703) on 19 April 1980. Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Boston482k Starboard forward view of the hull of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Boston (SSN-703) during inclining experiments at the Naval Submarine base at Groton CT., 16 December 1981. Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-SN-82-03970, by General Dynamics Electric Boat, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Boston630k View of the forward starboard side, looking aft, of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Boston (SSN-703) during inclining experiments, 16 December 1981. Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-SN-82-03973, by General Dynamics Electric Boat, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Boston75kBoston (SSN-703), underway in 1981 for sea trials, prior to commissioning.USN photo courtesy of Bruce McCausland.
Boston55kBoston (SSN-703), underway in 1981 for sea trials, prior to commissioning.USN photo courtesy of Bruce McCausland.
Boston54kBoston (SSN-703), underway in 1981 for sea trials, prior to commissioning.USN photo courtesy of Bruce McCausland.
Boston53kBoston (SSN-703), underway in 1981 for sea trials, prior to commissioning.USN photo courtesy of Bruce McCausland.
Boston632kBoston (SSN-703) makes waves. Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Boston617k An elevated starboard view of the forward half of the Los Angeles Class nuclear-powered attack submarine Boston (SSN-703), underway, 1 January 1982. Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-SC-82-05954, by General Dynamics Electric Boat, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Boston2.12kCommemorative postal cover marking the commissioning of the Boston (SSN-703) on 30 January 1982. Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Boston90k Oil on canvas by the artist James Flood entitled "Boston" depicting the Boston (SSN-703) underway. Courtesy of oldgloryprints.com
Boston124k Stereoscopic photo of the Boston (SSN-703) in the Panama Canal, when the boat was deployed from March through October 1983. The world-wide deployment started from the Indian Ocean. Courtesy of Bruce McCausland.
Boston117k Stereoscopic view of the aft bridge section of the Boston (SSN-703), when the boat was the deployed from March through October 1983. The world-wide deployment started from the Indian Ocean. Courtesy of Bruce McCausland.
Boston154k Stereoscopic view of the Boston (SSN-703) moored alongside an unknown sub tender at Diego Garcia, April - August 1983. Courtesy of Bruce McCausland.
Boston165k Stereoscopic view of the Boston (SSN-703) moored alongside the starboard side of an unknown sub tender at Diego Garcia, April - August 1983. Courtesy of Bruce McCausland.
Michigan639kBorn in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Rear Admiral Dietrich H. Kuhlmann graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1983. Kuhlmann's operational tours include: commander, Michigan (SSGN-727); executive officer of Boston (SSN-703); submarine operations officer Cruiser Destroyer Group 5; combat systems officer Guitarro (SSN- 665); and electrical officer, damage control assistant and tactical systems officer Florida (SSBN-728) (Gold) Kuhlmann's shore tours include: commander, Submarine Group 9; director, Operations Division, ASN(FM&C), FMB-1/Fiscal Management Division (N821); chief, Program and Budget Analysis Division Joint Staff, J8; deputy chief, Capabilities and Acquisition Division, J8; deputy director for Investment and Development for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management and Comptroller); executive officer of the Tactical Readiness Evaluation Team on the staff of commander, Submarine Force Atlantic Fleet; Research and Development and Major Defense Acquisition Program analyst on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (N80); cryptologic field and direct support officer on the staff of the Commander, Pacific Fleet Kuhlmann holds a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Catholic University, and served as an associate fellow on the Chief of Naval Operations' Strategic Studies Group XVII and a fellow on Seminar XXI. His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (4 awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and other individual and unit decorations. USN photo & text courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Photo added 08/03/15.
Boston116k Bow view of Boston (SSN-703) at Groton, CT., 1996. Photo courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Boston957k A bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Boston (SSN-703) moored at a pier at NAS Mayport Florida on 1 August 1998. Defense Visual Information Center photo # DN-SC-93-05791, by OS2 John Bouvia, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Boston1.78kThe Boston (SSN-703) awards. Courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Richard B. Russell & Boston70kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of Richard B. Russell (SSN-687) & Boston (SSN-703) after finishing the NPSSRP (Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program), September 2002. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Boston88kPortside sail of Boston (SSN-703) on display in Buffalo, N.Y., 2009.Photo courtesy of Art Herbert, Secretary/Treasurer, USS BOSTON Shipmates, Inc.
Boston79kStarboard sail of the Boston (SSN-703) on display in Buffalo, N.Y. 2009. Photo courtesy of Art Herbert, Secretary/Treasurer, USS BOSTON Shipmates, Inc.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Boston (SSN-703) at the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site, the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
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