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Houston (SSN-713)


Los Angeles Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 29 January 1979, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.; Launched, 21 March 1981; Commissioned, USS Houston (SSN-713), 25 September 1982. Houston is assigned to the US Pacific Fleet & the third submarine to be assigned to Commander Submarine Squadron Fifteen (COMSUBRON-15) in Guam.

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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Houston26kCommemorative postal cover issued on the occasion of the launching of the Houston (SSN-713) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA. 21 March 1981. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Houston323k A nuclear-powered attack submarine Houston (SSN-713) begins to slide down the ways at the conclusion of the launching ceremony. USN photo # DN-SN-82-10447, by Newport News Shipbuilding Co, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Houston210k A bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Houston (SSN-713), sliding down the ways during the launching ceremony on 21 Mar 1981. USN photo # DN-ST-89-01799, by Stuart Gilman, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Houston23kCommemorative postal cover issued on the occasion of the Houston's (SSN-713) first sea trials at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA. 24 July 1982. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Houston164k A starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Houston (SSN-713) underway during sea trials on 1 August 1982. USN photo # DN-ST-89-01390, by Stuart Gilman, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Houston167k A bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Houston (SSN-713) underway at Newport News, VA. on 17 August 1982. USN photo # DN-SN-83-00651, by Jim Hemon, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Houston172k A port quarter view of the view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Houston (SSN-713), foreground, and the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CV-67), background, departing Hampton Roads for a patrol on 17 August 1982. USN photo # DN-ST-89-01391, by Stuart Gilman, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Houston380k Two Navy captains salute as they come aboard the nuclear-powered attack submarine Houston (SSN-713) for the ship's commissioning ceremony. VADM Steven A. White, commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; G. A. Sawyer, assistant secretary of the Navy; and RADM Joseph F. Frick, commander, Naval Base Norfolk are following behind them on 25 on September 1982. USN photo # DN-ST-83-00383 from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Houston134kThe ship's company stands in formation while saluting on the weather deck during the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered attack submarine Houston (SSN-713) on 25 September 1982. USN photo # DN-ST-83-00374, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Houston58kSenator John G. Tower (R-Texas) speaks to the audience during the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear powered attack submarine Houston (SSN-713), September 25, 1982. Photo & text courtesy of USNI.
Houston31kCommemorative postal cover issued on the occasion of the commissioning of the Houston (SSN-713) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA. 25 September 1982. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Houston40kCommemorative postal cover issued on the occasion of Houston (SSN-713) joining the Pacific Fleet as it transits the Panama Canal, 18 November 1983. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Houston58kHouston (SSN-713) broaching at full power, taken while filming "The Hunt for Red October" off the coast of Southern California, 1989. Photo courtesy of globalsecurity.org. Text info courtesy of Bill McKinney.
Houston135k A crew member aboard the nuclear-powered attack submarine Houston (SSN-713) lowers the colors as another crew member prepares to unloosen a mooring line. The two men are readying the vessel to get underway on routine daily operations. USN photo # DN-ST-92-07061, by JO2 Sharie Derrickson, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Houston824kHouston (SSN-713) circa 1990. USN photo courtesy of Jim Stats and submitted by Darryl L. Baker..
Houston98kThe nuclear-powered attack submarine Houston (SSN-713) returns to port at Naval Submarine Base, San Diego, after performing routine daily operations on 6 April 1992. USN photo # DN-SN-83-00651, by J02 Sharie D. Derrickson, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Houston28kCommemorative postal cover issued on the occasion of the Houston's (SSN-713) participation in Operation Desert Storm, 9 February 1993. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Houston448k The civilian tugboat Mister Mike mate up alongside the nuclear-powered attacks submarine Houston (SSN-713) to help assist the sub in docking at her homeport following her return from a deployment circa 1 January 1997. NAS North Island can be seen across the channel. USN photo # DN-ST-97-00596, by JO1 Sharie Derrickson, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Houston32kCommemorative postal cover issued on the occasion of the Houston (SSN-713) entering Bremerton Washington for drydocking & refueling 18 September 2001. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Houston201k The nuclear-powered Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine Houston (SSN-713) with Santa Claus on board ties up in its new homeport of Apra Harbor in the U.S. territory of Guam. USN photo # N-7293M-054 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Nathanael T. Miller, courtesy of navy.news.mil.
Houston183k The nuclear-powered Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine Houston (SSN-713) prepares to tie up at Polaris Point on Naval Base Guam. The Houston and its families have moved from Bremerton, Washington, to the sub's new homeport in the U.S. territory of Guam. USN photo # N-7293M-022 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Nathanael T. Miller, courtesy of navy.news.mil.
Houston40kBow on view of the Houston (SSN-713) participating in Opertion Lungfish-05, a joint US and Australian excerise in the Pacific. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Houston322k Ensign Ted Doukas assigned to the attack submarine Houston (SSN-713) leads Sea Cadets back across the brow as he and his group finish a tour of the boat, 20 May 2006 at Apra Harbor, Guam. The group of 18 cadets toured the submarine to learn more about life in the Navy. Houston is forward-deployed to Guam and regularly deploys throughout the Pacific region to support 7th Fleet operations. USN photo N-3228J-047 by Journalist 1st Class Jeremy Johnson, courtesy of navy.news.mil.
Houston259k Officers of the Royal Malaysian Navy prepare to take a tour of fast attack submarine Houston (SSN-713) at Port Klang, Malaysia 20 September 2006. USN photo # N-3228J-006, by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeremy Johnson, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Houston184k Commander, Submarine Group Seven, Rear Adm. John Bird, presents a model of fast attack submarine Houston (SSN-713) to Royal Malaysian Navy First Adm. Amzah Bin Sulaiman. The presentation wrapped up the first ever submarine staff talks with the Royal Malaysian Navy. The United States and Australia sponsored the talks held aboard submarine tender Frank Cable (AS-40), to help Malaysia prepare for the activation of its own submarine force in 2009. USN photo # N-3228J-005, by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeremy Johnson, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Houston494kThe fast-attack submarine Houston (SSN-713) enters Pearl Harbor prior to the start of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2009 Exercise on 24 June 2009. RIMPAC, the world's largest multinational exercise, is scheduled biennially by U.S. Pacific Fleet and takes place in the Hawaiian operating area during June 29 - July 31. Participants include Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Netherlands, Peru, Republic of Korea, Singapore, United Kingdom and the U.S. India, Colombia, Mexico, and Russia are scheduled to send observers. USN photo # N-9671T-084, by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth G. Takada, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Houston218kCommander David G. Schappert relieved Commander Michael D. Lewis as Commanding Officer of Houston (SSN-713) during a change of command ceremony held on the submarine 29 August 2009. USN photo # N-5516S-003 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob Sippel, courtesy of news.navy.mil. via Bill Gonyo.
Houston453kPACIFIC OCEAN (10 December 2010) - The attack submarine Houston (SSN-713) leads a formation of ships from the George Washington Carrier Strike Group, Essex Expeditionary Strike Group, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) for a photo exercise during the final day of Exercise Keen Sword 2011. The exercise enhances the Japan-U.S. alliance which remains a key strategic relationship in the Northeast Asia Pacific region. Keen Sword caps the 50th anniversary of the Japan - U.S. alliance as an "alliance of equals." USN photo # N-6720T-142 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam K. Thomas courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Photo added 12/24/10.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Houston (SSN-713) at the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site, the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
SSN-688 Los Angeles-class
Virtual Tour of USS Springfield (SSN 761) from PBS's Nova web site

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