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Augusta (SSN-710)


Los Angeles Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 1 April 1982, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT.; Launched, 21 January 1984; Commissioned, USS Augusta (SSN-710), 19 January 1985. Augusta was assigned to the US Atlantic Fleet and homeported at Groton, CT. On 11 February 2009 She was officially decommissioned and stricken from the U.S. Naval Vessel Register in a ceremony at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. The sub was towed in May 2009 to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, Wash., for layup pending recycling.

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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Augusta177k The Augusta (SSN-710) slides down the building ways into the water at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT., 21 January 1984. USN photo / Electric Boat.
Augusta201kCommemorative cachet on the occassion of Augusta's (SSN-710) launching.Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 07/11/14.
Augusta281kA starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Augusta (SSN-710) during her commissioning. A platform is seen on the deck of the Augusta where distinguished guests address a crowd. Official USN photo # DN-SC-86-00911 by PH2 Jeffrey A. Salter, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Augusta281kA starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Augusta (SSN-710) during her commissioning. A platform is seen on the deck of the Augusta where distinguished guests address a crowd. Official USN photo # DN-SC-86-00911 by PH2 Jeffrey A. Salter, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Augusta611kAn aerial starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Augusta (SSN-710) underway two days before her commissioning on 16 January 1985. Official USN photo # DN-SC-85-03665, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Augusta31k Commemorative post mark on the occasion of the commissioning of the Augusta (SSN-710), 19 January 1985. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Augusta52kAugusta (SSN-710) in drydock, 1988.Courtesy of Augusta web page.
Augusta694kA port view of the Los Angeles class nuclear-powered attack submarine Augusta (SSN-710) tied up at a pier at the New London CT., sub base on 14 July 1991. Official USN photo # DN-ST-92-04181, by Don S. Montgomery, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Augusta571kA starboard beam view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Augusta (SSN-710) shortly after the vessel surfaced off the coast of Andros, Bahamas during an emergency surface drill on 14 September 1991. Official USN photo # DN-SC-92-03976, by F.E. Zimmerman, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Augusta & Stonewall Jackson441kA view of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Stonewall Jackson (SSBN-634), (left), and the nuclear-powered attack submarine Augusta (SSN-710) tied up at the Trident pier at Port Canaveral, Florida, on 13 March 1994. Official USN photo # DN-SC-95-00045 by OS2 John Bouvia, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Augusta118k Bow view of Augusta (SSN-710), at Groton, CT., 1996. Courtesy of Lester Palifka.
Augusta263kAboard Augusta (SSN-710) Supply Officer, Lt. j.g. Wallace Milligan, escorts Sara Moulton, host of the television program "Sara's Secrets," on a tour through the nuclear-powered, Los Angeles class attack submarine on 7 January 2003. Moulton and a camera crew visited the sub to shoot a segment about the U.S. Navy's Mess Management Specialists (MS's) or cooks. During the show's visit, MS's show how they are accustomed to cooking in small spaces and share some tips on how to spice up meals for home cooks.USN photo # N-0000S-001 by Journalist 1st Class Mark A. Savage, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Augusta268kAboard Augusta (SSN-710) Supply Officer, Lt. j.g. Wallace Milligan, escorts Sara Moulton, host of the television program "Sara's Secrets," on a tour through the nuclear-powered, Los Angeles class attack submarine on 7 January 2003. Moulton and a camera crew visited the sub to shoot a segment about the U.S. Navy's Mess Management Specialists (MS's) or cooks. During the show's visit, MS's show how they are accustomed to cooking in small spaces and share some tips on how to spice up meals for home cooks.USN photo # N-0000S-002 by Journalist 1st Class Mark A. Savage, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Augusta704k Sailors aboard the Los Angeles class attack submarine Augusta (SSN-710) work together to moor their submarine to the pier. Augusta arrived home 8 September 2005 to Submarine Base New London, Conn., after a routine six-month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea supporting the Global War on Terrorism. USN photo # N-0653J-003 by Lt. Mark Jones, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Augusta74k A Sailor assigned to the Los Angeles class attack submarine Augusta (SSN-710) welcomes family members on the pier after returning home from deployment. USN photo # N-0653J-004 by Lt. Mark Jones, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Augusta71kMembers of the Mystic, Conn., Chamber of Commerce tour attack submarine Augusta (SSN-710) as part of Submarine Days on 2 October 2007. The five-day community outreach effort provided residents of southeastern Connecticut the opportunity to see firsthand the investment they’ve made in their submarine force and was designed to reinforce the relationship between submariners and surrounding communities. USN photo # N-1595E-317 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ira J. Elinson, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Augusta15kChief of the Boat Patrick Agnew, left, presents the commissioning pennant to Cmdr. Chad D. Brown, commanding officer of the Augusta (SSN-710), during the sub's inactivation ceremony at Shepherd of the Sea Chapel in Groton on Thursday.
The Los Angeles class fast-attack submarine conducted an inactivation ceremony at the Naval Submarine Base New London's Shepherd of the Sea chapel 7 February.
Augusta lived up to its motto, "protecting the frontier" for more than two decades. Most recently, she returned from a six-month deployment to the U.S. European Command's area of responsibility September 2007, where she completed a wide range of joint requirements supporting national security.
Retired Capt. Thomas Turner, Augusta's first commanding officer, was the guest speaker and relived his experience in bringing the ship to life. "The feeling as the crew ran aboard at the commissioning was incredible," said Turner. "The crew is what makes the ship a ship. Everything else is just an empty hull."
Cmdr. Chad Brown, Augusta's current commanding officer, expressed his feelings regarding the decommissioning. "Augusta will not be forgotten," said Brown. "The tradition and spirit of excellence will live on in the Sailors who proudly served aboard her."
Numerous plank owners and Augusta Alumni Association members attended the ceremony. The alumni association plans on forming a nonprofit organization to promote the purchase of Augusta's sail as a memorial for the state of Maine. "I feel blessed to have been an Augusta crew member," said Malcolm Milligan, alumni association founder. "Our experiences as crew members give us a lot in common and many stories to share and we wish to share those experiences with the residents of Maine."
Augusta is the fifth ship of the fleet to bear the name Augusta, and the first to be named for the capital of the great state of Maine. Others include a 14-gun brigantine commissioned in 1799; a side wheel steamer that participated in the Union forces capture of Port Royal, N.C. in 1861; a motor patrol boat used for maritime patrol of the U.S. coast in World War I; and a heavy cruiser commissioned in 1931 and built specifically as a command ship.
Augusta will transit to Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va. later this month to commence its inactivation process.
Photo by Adena Stevens, courtesy of theday.com. Text courtesy of military.com. via Fabio Peîa.
Augusta252k The attack submarine Augusta (SSN-710) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk. Augusta is in Norfolk to continue the inactivation process that began on 7 February 2009 in Groton, Conn. USN photo # N-8655E-001 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kelvin Edwards, courtesy of news.navy.mil.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Augusta (SSN-710) 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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Virtual Tour of USS Springfield (SSN 761) from PBS's Nova web site

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