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San Francisco (SSN-711)


Los Angeles Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 26 May 1977, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.; Launched, 27 October 1979; Commissioned, USS San Francisco (SSN-711), 24 April 1981. San Francisco is assigned to Bremerton, Wash.

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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San Francisco 39kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of the San Francisco's (SSN-711) keel laying, postmarked Newport News, Virginia on 26 May 1977.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
San Francisco 56kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of the launching of the Los Angeles class attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711) at NNS&DD Co Newport News, Virginia dated 27 October 1979.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
San Francisco 39kSan Francisco (SSN-711), underway during her alpha trials off the Virginia coast, 15 March, 1981.
Courtesy Photo added 02/22/06.
San Francisco 195k San Francisco (SSN-711) underway during her alpha trials in the James River, Hampton Roads, 15 March, 1981.
U.S. Navy photo # 1180797, courtesy of Warship International, pg.273, No.3, 1982.
San Francisco 65kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of the San Francisco's (SSN-711) first day in commission, postmarked aboard Kennedy (CV-67) on 24 April 1981.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
San Francisco 45kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of the San Francisco's (SSN-711) Transit of the Panama Canal October 1981, postmarked aboard Subtender Dixon (AS-37), dated 26 October 1981.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
San Francisco 303k The Los Angeles class attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711) returns to Apra Harbor, Guam, on Jun. 4, 2004 after a five-month deployment. San Francisco is attached to Commander, Submarine Squadron 15 (COMSUBRON Fifteen), which is the Navy's only forward-deployed submarine squadron and is homeported in the U.S. territory of Guam.
U.S. Navy photo N-4658L-003 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Mark A. Leonesio, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
San Francisco 283k The Los Angeles class attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711) returns to Apra Harbor, Guam, on Jun. 4, 2004 after a five-month deployment.
U.S. Navy photo N-4658L-001 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Mark A. Leonesio, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
San Francisco 253k The Los Angeles class attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711) passes the Orote cliff line as it enters her home port of Apra Harbor, Guam, Jan. 9, 2005 following an incident in which it ran aground approximately 350 miles south of the U.S. territory on Jan. 8. San Francisco was the second fast-attack submarine to be assigned to the forward-deployed Submarine Squadron Fifteen, which is located on board Naval Base Guam.
U.S. Navy photo N-7293M-001 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Nathanael T. Miller.
San Francisco 275k An MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter, assigned to the "Providers" of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Five (HC-5), transfers medical personnel on Jan. 9, 2005 to San Francisco (SSN-711) located south of Guam, following an underwater collision, Jan. 8. Medical personnel were rushed to the Los Angeles class attack submarine once it was within range to assist the shipís independent duty Corpsman in providing urgent treatment to injured crew members. Regrettably, Machinist Mate 2nd Class Allen Ashley died soon after the medical teamís arrival from massive head injuries.
U.S. Navy photo N-0000X-001 courtesy of news.navy.mil.
San Francisco 52k Yokosuka, Japan Jan. 21, 2005 Official Navy portrait of Cmdr. Kevin Mooney. The commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, Vice Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, has directed that the commanding officer of San Francisco (SSN-711), Cmdr. Kevin Mooney, be reassigned pending the results of an investigation into the subís grounding during operations in the Western Pacific Ocean, Jan. 20. Mooney is reassigned to Submarine Squadron Fifteen, based in Guam, pending the results of an investigation to determine the cause of the sub's grounding Jan. 8 that resulted in the death of one Sailor and injuries to 23 others. Cmdr. Andrew Hale, Submarine Squadron 15 deputy commander, will assume the duties as commanding officer of San Francisco .
U.S. Navy photo N-0000X-001 courtesy of news.navy.mil.
San Francisco 222k The Los Angeles class attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711) is escorted into dry dock by tugs Taga, Golith and Magsino in Apra Harbor Guam. The Navy former dry dock known as "Big Blue" is capable of docking ships that weigh up to 40,000 Long Tons. The Navy certified Big Blue for the one-time docking of San Francisco . San Francisco is the second fast-attack submarine to be attached to the forward-deployed Submarine Squadron Fifteen, home ported on board Naval Base Guam.
U.S. Navy photo N-4658L-063 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Mark Allen Leonesio, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
San Francisco 287k The Los Angeles class attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711) is escorted into dry dock by tugs Taga, Golith and Magsino in Apra Harbor Guam.
U.S. Navy photo N-4658L-056 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Mark Allen Leonesio, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
San Francisco 253k The Los Angeles class attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711) about to enter the dry dock in Apra Harbor, Guam, Jan. 27, 2005, to assess damage sustained after running aground approximately 350 miles south of Guam Jan. 8, 2005.
U.S. Navy photo N-4658L-068 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Mark Allen Leonesio, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
San Francisco 116kFairing on the pier of the Los Angeles class attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711) at her home port of Apra Harbor, Guam, following an incident in which it ran aground approximately 350 miles south of the U.S. territory on Jan. 8, 2005.
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS) Commander, Seattle Base USSVI.
San Francisco 113kCofferdam topside of the Los Angeles class attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711) at her home port of Apra Harbor, Guam, following an incident in which it ran aground approximately 350 miles south of the U.S. territory on Jan. 8, 2005.
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS) Commander, Seattle Base USSVI.
San Francisco 415kDamage to Los Angeles class attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711). Divers cut off the sonar dome from the front end beforehand because it was "hanging," the official said, but otherwise the damage visible on the submarine occurred in the accident. San Francisco is in dry dock in Apra Harbor, Guam, Jan. 27, 2005, to assess damage sustained after running aground approximately 350 miles south of Guam Jan. 8, 2005.
U.S. Navy photo N-4658L-030 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Mark Allen Leonesio, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
San Francisco 306kClose up view of the bow of the Los Angeles class attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711) in dry dock in Apra Harbor, Guam, Jan. 27, 2005, to assess damage sustained after running aground approximately 350 miles south of Guam Jan. 8, 2005.
This was forwarded to me from a Submariner from his buddy who was the Diving Officer when they hit the sea mount. Interesting reading! There are quite a few amazing stories that have come out of this event.

To say that I've had a bad year so far would be a little short on the tooth I think. Last year was a good one for the boat. After spending 5 months away from home in drydock (Sandy Eggo) we got our second BA on ORSE (bad juju), received the highest score in PacFlt for a submarine TRE inspection, aced our mine readiness inspection with 4 out of 4 hits, completed 2 outstanding missions (will have to shoot you), and completed a early ORSE just before Christmas with an EXCELLENT. It was also the first year that Auxiliary Division had a Christmas standown since coming out of the yards in 2002. A-division also took the CSS-15 Red DC award for the second year in a row. My retention has been 100% since I checked onboard in Oct 2002 amongst 1st/2nd and turd termers.
We were going to our first true liberty port 2 weeks ago, heading for Brisbane and fun in the sun. As this WOG knows, we were getting ready for our crossing the line ceremony and the crew was really upbeat, and hard charging, we had just completed a great year for the San Fran
To say the world went to shyte in a hand basket would be an understatement. I would put it closer to a nightmare that becomes reality.
The seamount that is a large part of the discussion the last 2 weeks is un-named. The charts we carried onboard were up to date as far as we can tell. No modern geographic data for this area was available to us onboard as it is a remote area not often traveled by the Navy. We have one of the BEST ANav's in the fleet onboard, a true quartergasket that takes pride in his job. We have RLGN's onboard, when they are running, they are accurate as hell for our position, they also drive Tomahawks.
We knew where we were. All of my depth gauges and digital read the same depths as we changed depth to our SOE depth for flank. I can't discuss alot, because I'm still a participent of at least 2 investigations....LOL.
I was the Diving Officer of the Watch when we grounded. If you read the emails from ComSubPac, you will get some of the details, from flank speed to less than 4 knots in less than 4 seconds. We have it recorded on the RLGN's-those cranky bastages actually stayed up and recorded everything. For you guys that don't understand that, take a Winnebego full of people milling around and eating, slam it into a concrete wall at about 40mph, and then try to drive the damn thing home and pick up the pieces of the passengers.
As for the actual grounding, I can tell you that it was fortunate that myself and the Chief of the Watch were blessed by somebody. I was standing up, changing the expected soundings for a new depth on the chart (yes, we had just moved into deeper water) leaning against the ship's control panel with a hand grip, and the COW was leaning down to call the COB on the MJ.
The next thing to cross my mind was why am I pushing myself off of the SCP and where the hell the air rupture in the control room come from? I didn't know it, but I did a greater than 3g spiderman against the panel, punched a palm through the only plexiglass guage on the SCP and had my leg crushed by the DOOW chair that I had just unbuckled from. The DOOW chair was broken loose by the QMOW flying more than 15 feet into it and smashing my leg against a hydraulic valve and the SCP. I don't remember freeing myself from it. If I had been buckled in, I don't think I would be writing this. The COW was slammed against the base of the Ballast Control Panel, and only injured his right arm. He could of destroyed the BCP, he was a big boy. Everybody else in control, with the exception of the helm, was severely thrown to the deck or other items that were in their way, and at least partially dazed. Within about 5 seconds of the deceleration, we blew to the surface, it took that 5 seconds for the COW to climb up the BCP and actuate the EMBT blow. We prepared to surface right away and got the blower running asap, I didn't know how much damage we had forward but knew it was not good, I wanted that blower running.
I would say that about 80% of the crew was injured in some way, but do not know the number. We grounded in the middle of a meal hour, just after field day, so most of the crew was up. Once we got the boat on the surface and semi-stable with the blower running the rest of the ship conditions started sinking in to our minds. We were receiving 4MC's for injured men all over the boat. I was worried that those reports were over whelming any equipment/boat casualties that could make our life worse. I had teams form up of able bodied men to inspect all of the forward elliptical bulkhead, lower level, and tanks below those spaces. I couldn't believe that we did not have flooding, it just didn't fit in. At one point I looked around in the control room, and saw the disaster.
The entire control room deck was covered in paper from destroyed binders, and blood. It looked like a slaughterhouse, we had to clean it up.
I knew that Ash was severly injured and brought to the messdecks, he was one of my best men, and one of our best sailors onboard, he was like a son to me. After surfacing I was the control room supervisor, I had a boat to keep on the surface and fight and knew that if I went below to see how he was doing, it would teeter me on the brink of something that the ship did not need, the ship needed somebody who knew her.
I have to say that the design engineers at Electric Boat, NavSea and others have designed a submarine that can withstand incredible amounts of damage and survive. We lost no systems, equipment, or anything broke loose during the impact. The damage to our sailors was almost all from them impacting into the equipment.
The crew is a testament to training and watch team backup. When a casualty occurs, you fight like you train, and train like you fight. It kept us alive during that 2+day period.
I've just returned from the honor of escorting my sailor home to his family. God bless them, they are truly good people and patriotic. The Navy is doing everything they can for them and they are learning how submariner's take care of each other. During the memorial and viewing on Saturday, CSS-15 provided a video from the coast guard of us on the surface and the SEAL/Dr. medical team being helo'd in, the family had this video played on 2 screens in the background. It was a sobering reminder of what a hard woman the ocean can be. We had to call off the helo because of the sea state, it was becoming too dangerous for the aircraft, we almost hit it with the sail a couple of times. The sea would not allow us to medivac in our condition and that sea state.
I was one of the 23 sent to the hospital that Monday. I was fortunate, my leg was not broken, just trashed/bruised. I walked on that leg for almost 24 hours before it gave out on me and they had it splinted. The SEAL made me promise not to walk on it, how do you refuse a SEAL? LOL.
So I hopped around on a single leg for awhile, the other chief's were calling me Tiny Tim, LOL. "God bless each and every one! Except you, and you, that guy behind you!". The COB threatened to beat my @ss if I walk onboard before my leg is otay, he's about the only man onboard that I'd take that from, hehe.
The crew is doing better, we've lost a few due to the shock of the incident. We will make sure they are taken care of. The investigation goes on, and I have a new CO. I will only say that the San Fran was the best damn sub in the Navy under CDR Mooneys leadership. We proved that.
God bless him and his family no matter what happens in the future, he is truly a good man.
I just need to get my leg healed and get back to fighting my favorite steel bitch.
U.S. Navy photo N-4658L-015 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Mark Allen Leonesio, courtesy of news.navy.mil. Text courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS) Commander, Seattle Base USSVI.
San Francisco 282k Commanding Officer, Submarine Squadron Fifteen, Capt. Bradley R. Gehrke, shakes the hand of Hospital Corpsman 1st Class James H. Akin at an awards ceremony for Sailors assigned to the Los Angeles class attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711), at Polaris Point, Guam Mar. 25, 2005. The Navy awarded Petty Officer Akin the Meritorious Service Medal for administering emergency triage to 70 injured crew members over an intense two-day period aboard San Francisco after it grounded south of Guam Jan. 8, 2005. Akin organized the Crew's Mess into a makeshift emergency trauma center, prioritized medical care and rapidly stabilized two of the most seriously injured personnel.
U.S. Navy photo N-1906G-001 by Jesse Leon Guerrero, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
San Francisco 110k The Los Angeles class attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711) is shown in dry dock in Apra Harbor, Guam May 8, 2005 having repairs made on its damaged bow. A new large steel dome about 20 feet high and 20 feet in diameter was put in the place of the damaged bow.
U.S. Navy photo N-0000X-001 courtesy of news.navy.mil.
San Francisco 154k The Los Angeles class attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711) is shown in dry dock having repairs made on its damaged bow.
U.S. Navy photo N-0000X-002 courtesy of news.navy.mil.
San Francisco 619k Escorted by the tug Goliath, the Los Angeles class attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711) departs its former homeport of Apra Harbor, Guam, Aug. 17, 2005 to make the journey across the Pacific Ocean to her new homeport of Bremerton, Wash. San Francisco was part of Submarine Squadron Fifteen operating from the Marianas Islands.
U.S. Navy photo N-7293M-111 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Nathanael T. Miller, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
San Francisco 401k The Los Angeles class attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711) departs its former homeport of Apra Harbor, Guam, Aug. 17, 2005 to make the journey across the Pacific Ocean to her new homeport of Bremerton, Wash.
U.S. Navy photo N-7293M-107 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Nathanael T. Miller, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
San Francisco 401k The Commanding Officer, San Francisco (SSN-711), Cmdr. Kevin Brenton, waves farewell to the crowd on the pier as his Los Angeles class attack submarine gets underway from Naval Base Guam. The submarine departed its former homeport of Apra Harbor, Guam, to make the journey across the Pacific Ocean to her new homeport of Bremerton, Wash.
U.S. Navy photo N-7293M-093 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Nathanael T. Miller, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
San Francisco 514k The Commanding Officer, San Francisco (SSN-711), Cmdr. Kevin Brenton, waves farewell to the crowd on the pier as his Los Angeles class attack submarine gets underway from Naval Base Guam. The submarine departed its former homeport of Apra Harbor, Guam, to make the journey across the Pacific Ocean to her new homeport of Bremerton, Wash.
U.S. Navy photo N-7293M-045 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Nathanael T. Miller, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
San Francisco 14kCommemorative post mark & photo inset on the occasion of the San Francisco's (SSN-711) arriving at Pearl Harbor, 26 Aug. 2005.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle. Photo added 03/14/06.
San Francisco 65kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of the San Francisco's (SSN-711) arriving at Bremerton, Wash. from Guam via Pearl Harbor, 9 Sept. 2005.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle. Photo added 03/14/06.
San Francisco 18kCommemorative post mark & photo inset on the occasion of the San Francisco's (SSN-711) arriving at Bremerton, Wash. from Guam via Pearl Harbor, 9 Sept. 2005.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
San Francisco 29kSan Francisco (SSN-711), at dock in Apra, Guam, date unknown.
Courtesy www.navysite.de
San Francisco 26kSan Francisco (SSN-711), outside of Pearl Habor, date unknown.
Courtesy www.navysite.de
San Francisco 36kSan Francisco (SSN-711), at Pearl Habor, with the Arizona (BB-39) Memorial in the background, date unknown.
Courtesy www.navysite.de
San Francisco 42kSan Francisco (SSN-711),in drydock, date and location unknown.
Courtesy www.navysite.de
San Francisco 60kSan Francisco (SSN-711), underway, port side view, date and location unknown.
Courtesy www.navysite.de
San Francisco 37kSan Francisco (SSN-711), underway, starboard side view, date and location unknown.
Courtesy www.navysite.de

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