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|39k||Commemorative 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 (of blessed memory).|
|119k||Front cover of the San Francisco's (SSN-711) Launch Booklet at NNS&DD Co Newport News, Virginia, 27 October 1979.||Official USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.|
|56k||Commemorative post mark on the occasion of the launching of the attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711) at NNS&DD Co Newport News, Virginia dated 27 October 1979.||Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).|
|743k||The San Francisco (SSN-711) nears the end of the building ways at launching at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA on 27 October 1979.||Navy Photo # C79-247 courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.|
|161k||The crew of the San Francisco (SSN-711) salute the national ensign on her launching day while on the ways at NNS&DD Co Newport News, Virginia, 27 October 1979.||Official USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.|
|39k||San Francisco (SSN-711), underway during her alpha trials off the Virginia coast, 15 March, 1981.||Official USN photo courtesy of USNI.|
|179k||A port bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711), underway during sea trials before commissioning underway during her alpha trials in the James River, Hampton Roads, 15 March, 1981. The ship was built by Newport News Shipbuilding.||US Navy / National Archive photo # NN33300514/ DN-ST-82-01406 by Lloyd S. Everton from the Defense Visual Information Center, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil & submitted by Bill Gonyo.|
|634k||San Francisco (SSN-711) on trial on 31 March 1981.||USN photo # NPC 1180787 courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|134k||Commemorative post mark on the occasion of the San Francisco's (SSN-711) first day in commission, postmarked aboard Kennedy (CVA-67) on 24 April 1981.||Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).|
|345k||San Francisco (SSN-711) commissioning cachet.||Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|1.12k||15 page San Francisco (SSN-711) Welcome Aboard PDF.||Photos courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.|
|45k||Commemorative 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 (of blessed memory).|
|195k||San Francisco (SSN-711) underway during her alpha trials in the James River, Hampton Roads, 15 March, 1981.||USN photo # 1180797, courtesy of Warship International, pg.273, No.3, 1982.|
|815k||A Gang at Pearl Harbor, 1983.||Photo courtesy of Chief George Taney.|
|120k||With an accompanying spritz from water boats to welcome her, the San Francisco (SSN-711) meets her namesake port in 1984, during Fleet Week.||Official USN photo courtesy of Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr. Photo i.d. courtesy of Lauren Skaggs.|
|95k||Swordfish (SSN-579) at Pearl Harbor in August 1987. The San Francisco (SSN-711) is moored behind her.||Courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.|
|77k||San Francisco (SSN-711) at Pearl Harbor in August 1987.||Photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.|
|258k||The nuclear-powered strategic missile submarine Alabama (SSBN-731), left, and the nuclear-powered attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711) are moored together at a pier in front of the guided missile cruiser Chosin (CG-65) during the change of command ceremony for the commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet on 1 February 1991.||Official USN photo # DN-SC-92-08698, by OS2 John Bouvia, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.|
|303k||The attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711) returns to Apra Harbor, Guam, on 4 Jun. 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.||USN photo # N-4658L-003 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Mark A. Leonesio, courtesy of news.navy.mil.|
|283k||The attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711) returns to Apra Harbor, Guam, on 4, Jun. 2004 after a five-month deployment.||USN photo # N-4658L-001 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Mark A. Leonesio, courtesy of news.navy.mil.|
|253k||The attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711) passes the Orote cliff line as it enters her home port of Apra Harbor, Guam, 9 January 2005 following an incident in which it ran aground approximately 350 miles south of the U.S. territory on 8 January 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.||USN photo # N-7293M-001 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Nathanael T. Miller.|
|275k||An MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter, assigned to the "Providers" of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Five (HC-5), transfers medical personnel on 9 January 2005 to San Francisco (SSN-711) located south of Guam, following an underwater collision, 8 January Medical personnel were rushed to the attack submarine once it was within range to assist the ship's independent duty Corpsman in providing urgent treatment to injured crew members. Regrettably, Machinist Mate 2nd Class Joseph Allen Ashley died soon after the medical team's arrival from massive head injuries.
||USN photo # N-0000X-001 courtesy of news.navy.mil.|
|52k||Yokosuka, Japan 21 January 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 sub's grounding during operations in the Western Pacific Ocean, 20 January 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 8 January 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.
||USN photo # N-0000X-001 courtesy of news.navy.mil.|
|287k||The attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711) is escorted into dry dock by tugs Taga, Golith and Magsino in Apra Harbor Guam.||USN photo # N-4658L-056 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Mark Allen Leonesio, courtesy of news.navy.mil.|
|253k||The attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711) about to enter the dry dock in Apra Harbor, Guam, 27 January 2005, to assess damage sustained after running aground approximately 350 miles south of Guam.||USN photo # N-4658L-068 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Mark Allen Leonesio, courtesy of news.navy.mil.|
|116k||Fairing on the pier of the 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 8 January 2005.||USN photo courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS) Commander, Seattle Base USSVI.|
|113k||Cofferdam topside of the 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 8 January 2005.||USN photo courtesy of Ric Hedman TN(SS) Commander, Seattle Base USSVI.|
|415k||Damage to 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, 27 January 2005, to assess damage sustained after running aground approximately 350 miles south of Guam.||USN photo # N-4658L-030 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Mark Allen Leonesio, courtesy of news.navy.mil.|
|306k||Close up view of the bow of
the attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711) in dry dock in Apra Harbor, Guam, 27 January 2005, to assess damage sustained after running aground approximately 350 miles south of Guam. |
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 October 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.
| USN 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.
|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 attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711), at Polaris Point, Guam, 25 March 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, 8 January 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.||USN photo # N-1906G-001 by Jesse Leon Guerrero, courtesy of news.navy.mil.|
|110k||The attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711) is shown in dry dock in Apra Harbor, Guam, 8 May 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.||USN photo # N-0000X-001 courtesy of news.navy.mil.|
|154k||The attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711) is shown in dry dock having repairs made on its damaged bow.||USN photo # N-0000X-002 courtesy of news.navy.mil.|
|619k||Escorted by the tug Goliath, the attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711) departs its former homeport of Apra Harbor, Guam, 17 August 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.||USN photo # N-7293M-111 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Nathanael T. Miller, courtesy of news.navy.mil.|
|401k||The Commanding Officer, San Francisco (SSN-711), Cmdr. Kevin Brenton, waves farewell to the crowd on the pier as his 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.||USN photo # N-7293M-093 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Nathanael T. Miller, courtesy of news.navy.mil.|
|514k||The Commanding Officer, San Francisco (SSN-711), Cmdr. Kevin Brenton, waves farewell to the crowd on the pier as his attack submarine gets underway from Naval Base Guam.||USN photo # N-7293M-045 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Nathanael T. Miller, courtesy of news.navy.mil.|
|14k||Commemorative post mark & photo inset on the occasion of the San Francisco's (SSN-711) arriving at Pearl Harbor, 26 August 2005.||Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).|
|65k||Commemorative post mark on the occasion of the San Francisco's (SSN-711) arriving at Bremerton, Wash. from Guam via Pearl Harbor, 9 September 2005.||Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).|
|18k||Commemorative post mark & photo inset on the occasion of the San Francisco's (SSN-711) arriving at Bremerton, Wash. from Guam via Pearl Harbor, 9 September 2005.||Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).|
|42k||San Francisco (SSN-711) in drydock, date and location unknown.||Courtesy www.navysite.de|
|183k||San Francisco (SSN-711) returned to the water 10 October 2009 after successfully undocking at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF), a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).|
The dry-docking resulted from the submarine's 8 January 2005, collision with an undersea mountain. The challenging, one-of-a-kind project involved PSNS & IMF cutting more than one million pounds of ex-Honolulu (SSN-718) forward ballast tanks/sonar sphere and attaching it to San Francisco. The engineering and production teams proceeded to manipulate the mammoth structure with orchestrated precision. In some areas, the bow of this massive structure was moved to within 1/16 of an inch of the original structure.
San Francisco returned to Apra Harbor, Guam, under her own power where a Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard-led team of engineers and production personnel began the task of assessing the damage, dismantling the wreckage, designing and installing structural and mechanical repairs to prepare her for return to the U.S. mainland. This temporary repair was followed by an unprecedented 5,600-nautical mile open ocean submarine surface transit to PSNS & IMF.
The submarine entered dry dock at PSNS & IMF 5 December 2006, to begin the restoration period. In the early stages, the temporary bow of the San Francisco was disassembled in place and the steel recycled. Later, PSNS & IMF was authorized to define and execute the complete availability to restore the rest of the ship's systems and bow restoration.
During the process, Cmdr. John Lund, superintendent of the project, expressed his pride in the restoration work. "We continue to press forward through tough circumstances and overcome those obstacles," said Lund. "That says a lot about the team effort involved in this project."
|Photo # NNS081020-01, courtesy of navytimes.com.|
|436k||U.S. Sailors walk across the brow 17 April 2009, as the attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711) arrives into its new homeport at Naval Submarine Base Point Loma in San Diego.||USN photo # N-5617R-152 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Rialyn Rodrigo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.|
|219k||Sailors assigned to the attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711) prepare to undock the boat from dry dock, 1 November 2011.|| USN photo # 111101-N-UD469-089 by Aviation Machinist's Mate Airman Amanda Huntoon, courtesy of navy.mil.|
Photo added 05/22/19.
|764k||The attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711) transits under the Golden Gate bridge as it departs San Francisco Bay. San Francisco is returning to her homeport at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego to officially conclude her final deployment, 12 October 2016.||USN photo # 161012-N-UK333-0080 by Petty Officer 1st Class Ronald Gutridge, courtesy of navy.mil.|
Photo added 05/22/19.
|524k||Cmdr. Jeff Juergens, commanding officer of the fast attack submarine San Francisco (SSN-711), delivers remarks during a change of command and farewell ceremony on Naval Base Point Loma on 4 November 2016. The San Francisco is scheduled to shift homeports to Norfolk, Va. to begin a two year conversion process to become a moored training ship at the Nuclear Power Training Unit in Charleston, S.C.||USN photo # 161104-N-TW634-0035 by Petty Officer 2nd Class Derek Harkins, courtesy of navy.mil.|
Photo added 05/22/19.
|CDR. Ahlborn Jr., Edward Richard, USN||11.04.1979 - 23.07.1979 PCU|
|01||CDR. Marshall, James Allen, USN (USNA 1962)||24.04.1981 - 30.08.1982 First Date in Commission|
|02||CDR. Previty, William Harry, USN (USNA 1965)||30.06.1982 - 12.10.1985|
|03||CDR. Bathgate, John Craig, USN (USNA 1969)||12.10.1985 - 06.05.1988|
|04||CAPT. Crews, Jeffrey Wiley, USN (USNA 1973)||06.05.1988 - 26.03.1991|
|05||CDR. Sharp, Michael Alan, USN :RADM||26.03.1991 - 08.10.1993|
|06||CDR. Cregge, Michael John, USN (USNA 1976)||08.10.1993 - 00.11.1996|
|07||CAPT. Niederhauser, Glen Alan, USN||00.11.1996 - 11.06.1999|
|08||CDR. Kern, David Jeffrey, USN (USNA 1981)||11.06.1999 - 00.02.2002|
|09||CDR. Povlock, Paul Anthony, USN (USNA 1984)||00.02.2002 - 00.00.2003|
|10||CDR. Mooney, Kevin Gerard, USN||00.00.2003 - 20.01.2005|
|11||CDR. Hale Jr., Andrew Martin, USN (USNA 1984)||20.01.2005 - 00.04.2005|
|12||CDR. Brenton, Kevin Ryan, USN||00.04.2005 - 00.09.2005|
|13||CAPT. Ogburn, David Arthur, USN||00.09.2005 - 25.04.2008|
|14||CDR. Martin, Nathan Hayes, USN||25.04.2008 - 22.07.2011|
|15||CDR. Severseike, Eric Laverne, USN (USNA 1994)||22.07.2011 - 24.01.2014|
|16||CDR. Juergens, Jeffrey, USN||24.01.2014 - 04.11.2016 Deactivation|
|17||CDR. Caldwell, Daniel Bruce, USN||04.11.2016 Last Date in Commission|
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