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Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708)


Radio Call Sign: November - Mike - Sierra - Papa

Los Angeles Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 20 January 1981, at Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT.; Launched, 19 March 1983; Commissioned, USS Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708), 10 March 1984. Minneapolis-St Paul was assigned to the US Atlantic Fleet and was homeported at Norfolk, VA. As of 21 June 2009 she was deactivated.

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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SSN-708130kCommemorative postal cover marking the launching of the Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708) at the Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 19 March 1983. Courtesy of Dusty Wilson MMC(SS) Ret.
SSN-708228kCommemorative postal cover marking the launching of the Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708).Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 03/06/14.
SSN-7081.30k Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708) slides down the ways at the Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 19 March 1983.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 03/06/14.
SSN-708350kLaunching of the Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708) at the Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 19 March 1983. USN photo courtesy of Dusty Wilson MMC(SS) Ret.
SSN-70816kCommemorative postal cover marking the commissioning of the Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708) at the Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 10 March 1984. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
SSN-70821kCommemorative postal cover marking the commissioning of the Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708) at the Electric Boat Division, General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 10 March 1984. Courtesy of Dusty Wilson MMC(SS) Ret.
SSN-708157k Mrs. David Durenberger, Sponsor, is escorted aboard the nuclear-powered attack submarine Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708) during the ship's commissioning ceremony at General Dynamics (Electric Boat). Official USN photo # DN-ST-84-06031, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.& submitted by Bill Gonyo.
SSN-708150kGeneral John W. Vessey Jr., chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks, during the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered attack submarine Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708). Official USN photo # DN-SN-85-08091 from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.& submitted by Bill Gonyo.
SSN-708157kThe commissioning pennant is raised aboard the nuclear-powered attack submarine Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708) during the ship's commissioning ceremony at General Dynamics (Electric Boat). Official USN photo # DN-ST-84-06028, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.& submitted by Bill Gonyo.
SSN-70814k Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708) shoots to the surface during an emergency ascent demonstration, possibly during her alpha - beta sea trials, circa March 1983 - 84.Courtesy of US Navy Chinfo web site, submitted by Bill Gonyo.
SSN-708106kBow on view of the Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708), possibly during her alpha - beta sea trials, circa March 1983 - 84. Photo signed by her then CO, Cdr. Charles Beers. USN photo courtesy of Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr.
SSN-708376kCrewmen of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708) are shown on the fantail as the ship prepares to get underway at the Naval Sub Base at New London, CT. on 1 Mar 1994. A commercial tug boat is in the background to assist the ship clear of the pier. Official USN photo # DN-ST-94-02127, by PH1 Ronald D L. Heppner from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.& submitted by Bill Gonyo.
SSN-708358k A port bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708) as the ship sails down river after departing the Naval Submarine Base at New London. Official USN photo # DN-ST-94-02129, by PH1 Peter Jay Roers from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.& submitted by Bill Gonyo.
SSN-708347kA port quarter view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708) sailing down river after departing the Naval Submarine Base at New London. The ship is headed out to the Atlantic Ocean for a return voyage to her home port of Norfolk, Va. Official USN photo # DN-ST-94-02131, by PH1 Peter Jay Roers from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.& submitted by Bill Gonyo.
SSN-7081.38kTwenty eight page PDF Welcome Aboard the Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708).(Appropriately, there are 2 versions).USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
PDF added 03/06/14.
SSN-708/Resolute35kMinneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708), undergoes repair work on board Resolute (AFDM-10) at the Norfolk Naval Station, 12 December 1996. USN photo # N-8492C-003, by PH1 Todd P. Cichonowicz, courtesy of US Navy Chinfo
SSN-70827kBattleflag of the Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708), showing various awards through 1997. Courtesy of US Navy Chinfo web site, submitted by Bill Gonyo.
SSN-708101kSubmarine Centennial Day Proclamation, 29 March 2000, signed by the Governor of the State of Minnesota in honoring the submarine vets of the state who fought in all U.S. wars.USN photo courtesy of navpalib-cno-n87, submitted by Bill Gonyo.
SSN-708159kSubmarine Centennial Day Proclamation, 30 March 2000, signed by the Mayor of Minneapolis-St Paul in honoring the city's namesake, Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708).USN photo courtesy of navpalib-cno-n87, submitted by Bill Gonyo.
SSN-708289kAttack submarine Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708) gets under way to avoid the arrival of Hurricane Isabel at the Norfolk Naval Station, 17 September 2003. The submarine was one of 40 ships ordered to sea to avoid damage from the pending storm. USN photo # N-3312P-002 by Chief Journalist Mark O. Piggot, courtesy of US Navy Chinfo.
SSN-708610k The Los Angeles-class attack submarine Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708) prepares to moor at Naval Station Norfolk 5 November 2004, after a completion of six-month deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. USN photo # N-2820Z-001 by Journalist Seaman Andy Zask, courtesy of US Navy Chinfo
SSN-708300kCmdr. Edwin J. Ruff, Jr. relieves Cmdr. David S. Ratte as commanding officer aboard the Los Angeles-class attack submarine Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708) in a ceremony on board Naval Station Norfolk, Va. 3 December 2004. USN photo # N-5268S-001 by Journalist 2nd Class Christina M. Shaw, courtesy of US Navy Chinfo.
SSN-708317kMinneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708) in dry dock at Norfolk Naval Station, 23 August 2005.Photo # 189-1816 courtesy of northropgrumman.com / media.primezone.com.
SSN-708269kSenior Chief Electronics Technician Eric Adkins (left) and Electronics Technician 2nd Class Jean Micourt assigned to the Los Angeles-class attack submarine Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708) play with children at the Children's Hospital in St. Paul., 28 September 2005. The sailors are in town as part of the Twin Cities first ever "Navy Week". Twenty such weeks are planned this year in cities throughout the U.S., arranged by the Navy Office of Community Outreach (NAVCO). NAVCO is a new unit tasked with enhancing the Navy's brand image in areas with limited exposure to the Navy. USN photo # N-7163S-001 by Journalist 2nd Class Michael Sheehan, courtesy of US Navy Chinfo.
Norfolk491k The Z-Drive Navy tugboats Patrica & Susan Moran from Moran Towing Corporation of Greenwich, Conn. help the Norfolk (SSN-714) to moor after she returned to Norfolk, as a part of the Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), 7 May 2006. The Nassau ESG successfully completed a six-month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism, where they conducted Maritime Security Operations for U.S. 5th Fleet and Theater Security Cooperation for U.S. 6th Fleet. The Attack submarine Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708) is moored ahead of the Norfolk.
USN photo # N-5055G-029 by Journalist 2nd Class Joshua Glassburn, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
SSN-708562kRota, Spain 3 January 2007 - Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708) Commanding Officer Cmdr. Edwin J. Ruff, speaks at a memorial service for Senior Chief Electronics Technician Thomas Higgins and Sonar Technician Submarine 2nd Class Michael Holtz held at Naval Station Rota. Both Sailors died after falling overboard, while the submarine was exiting Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth, England. USN photo 070103-N-0429D-002 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kristine DeHoux via Wikipedia.
Photo added 03/06/14.
SSN-70864k Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Justin Solarz, assigned to Naval Station Rota Spain Harbor Security Division, observes the submarine Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708) from his patrol boat as the submarine prepares to get underway on 22 January 2007. The Minneapolis-St Paul left Rota following a port visit. USN photo # N-8483H-003 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class James Hills, courtesy of US Navy Chinfo.
SSN-70838kThe fast attack submarine Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708) returns from her final six-month deployment on 3 April 2007. After 23 years of service and four Battle Efficiency awards, the submarine was decommissioned in a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on 21 June 2007. USN photo # N-8483H-003 by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kelvin Edwards, courtesy of startribune.com. & Ifrah Jimale & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
SSN-70893k Eleven of 12 former commanding officers of the Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708) pose with the submarine's current Commanding Officer Cmdr. Woods R. Brown II, right, following an inactivation ceremony held on board Naval Station Norfolk on 21 June 2007. USN photo # N-8655E-004 by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kelvin Edwards, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
SSN-70874k The Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708) returns to Pearl Harbor for the final time, Monday, 15 October 2007. She was in-activated from Naval service in a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., in June and was on its final underway prior to their decommissioning maintenance period at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. USN photo # N-9486C-001 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Cynthia Clark. Photo i.d. courtesy of Bob Shouse.
SSN-708416kThe original ships bell from the Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708). This beautiful bell given to General Dynamics for work on this sub was given to the soon to be established Submarine Memorial in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area. This Memorial will Honor both the Minneapolis-St Paul and the newly commissioned Minnesota (SSN-783). Here it will be available for all Minnesota to see on display with other artifacts including a piece of the original conning tower from the 708. Photo courtesy of Thomas Nemmers.
Photo added 03/06/14.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN-708) at the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site, the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
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