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Buffalo (SSN-715)


Los Angeles Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 25 January 1980, at Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA.; Launched, 8 May 1982; Commissioned, USS Buffalo (SSN-715), 5 November 1983. Buffalo is assigned to the US Pacific Fleet and is homeported at Pearl Harbor, HI.

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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Buffalo15kCommemorative post mark & photo of the Buffalo's (SSN-715) keel laying, 25 January 1980, at Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA.Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Buffalo651kA starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Buffalo (SSN-715) prior to the launching ceremony. USN photo # DN-SN-82-09421 from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Buffalo98k Rep. Jack Kemp, R-N.Y., guest speaker; Joanne Kemp, center, sponsor; and Judith Kemp, maid of honor, wave to spectators at the launching ceremony for the nuclear-powered attack submarine Buffalo (SSN-715). USN photo # DN-SN-82-09417 by Stuart Gilman, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Buffalo551k Crewmen stand on the sail of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Buffalo (SSN-715) during the launching ceremony on 8 May 1982. USN photo # DN-ST-82-11434 by PH2 Carlos Drake, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Buffalo945kCrew members and guests gather on the deck of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Buffalo (SSN-715) at the conclusion of the ship's commissioning ceremony. Admiral (ADM) Wesley L. McDonald, commander in chief, Atlantic and Atlantic Fleet, greets a crewman, 11/05/1983. Photo # DN-SN-85-10967 from the National Archives, courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Buffalo348k The nuclear-powered attack submarine Buffalo (SSN-715) begins to slide down the ways at the conclusion of the launch ceremony. USN photo # DN-ST-82-11434 by PHC Ronald W. Bayles, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Buffalo730kShipyard workers, standing beneath the scaffolding, watch the nuclear-powered attack submarine Buffalo (SSN-715) slide down the ways at the conclusion of the launching ceremony. USN photo # DN-SN-82-11396, by Chris Oxley, courtesy of Newport News Shipping & Drydock, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Buffalo500kThe tugs Dauntless & Huntington maneuver the nuclear-powered attack submarine Buffalo (SSN-715) into docking position immediately after the launch ceremony. USN photo # DN-ST-82-11429 by PHC Ronald W. Bayles, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Buffalo1.5kAn aerial port bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Buffalo (SSN-715) underway during sea trials on 8 September 1983. USN photo # DN-SN-84-00942 by Stu Gilman, courtesy of Newport News Shipping & Drydock, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Buffalo1.26kTwenty four page Welcome Aboard the Buffalo (SSN-715). Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Buffalo164kThe nuclear-powered attack submarine Buffalo (SSN-715) moves through the channel as it departs from the Pearl Harbor naval station on 1 Mar 1990. USN photo # DN-SC-92-04506 by OS2 John Bouvia, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Buffalo16k Buffalo (SSN-715) emergency surface for "effect", somewhere in the Pacific, circa 1996. U.S. Navy photo, courtesy of cs.nps.navy.mil.
Buffalo44kBuffalo's (SSN-715) quarterdeck watch stands his post on the attack submarine during a visit to the port of Esquimalt, BC, Canada, in November 1998.USN photo by Ens. Roger Koopman, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Buffalo44k Crewmen of the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine Buffalo (SSN-715) paint a positioning target on the docking hatch of the escape trunk in preparation for a joint submarine rescue exercise with a Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) carried by the Japanese submarine rescue ship Chiyoda (AS-405) on 11 May 1999. USN photo # N-6630T-006 by Photographer's Mate 1st Class David Tucker, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Buffalo30kCommemorative post mark & photo of the Buffalo (SSN-715), 1999. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Buffalo34kCommemorative post mark & photo of the Buffalo (SSN-715), at Yokosuka, Japan, 1999. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Buffalo1.23kTwenty three page COC PDF aboard the Buffalo (SSN-715), 2000. Photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Buffalo216k Pearl Harbor survivor, Woody Derby, takes a look through the periscope aboard the Los Angeles-class attack submarine Buffalo (SSN-715) during a tour of the submarine, 6 December 2004. Derby, a former crew member aboard the battleship Nevada (BB-36) spent half of the day with his friends and family aboard Buffalo which involved a tour and lunch with crew members. USN photo # N-5539C-001 by Photographer's Mate Journalist 2nd Class Corwin Colbert, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Buffalo259k Fire Control Technician 1st Class Jason Smith, LAN Administrator onboard Buffalo (SSN-715), splices LAN line to troubleshoot one of the submarine's servers on 4 February 2005. Buffalo is currently in a modernization to be completed in April. Part of the modernization is the new SubLan 1 installment making the nuclear-powered attack submarine will be the first Pacific Fleet submarine to have the system fully installed. USN photo by Photographer's Mate Journalist 2nd Class Corwin Colbert, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Buffalo343kThe fast attack submarine Buffalo (SSN-715), makes its approach to the pier at Yokosuka, Japan on a regularly scheduled port visit. USN photo # N-5686B-005 by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Crystal Brooks, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Buffalo264kExercise Submarine Commanders Command Course 2007 - The Buffalo (SSN-715) berths at HMAS Stirling (SSN-715) at the completion of SCC07 which trained Submarine Commanding Officers and crews in ASW fighting and weapon firing proficiency. Courtesy of the Royal Australian Navy via Bill Gonyo.
Buffalo157kCmdr. Brian N. Humm, commanding officer of Buffalo (SSN-715), addresses the crew of the fast attack submarine during an all-hands call on the pier 9 July 2007. The Sailors are scheduled to depart Naval Station Pearl Harbor permanently for their new homeport in Guam. Buffalo will join Houston (SSN-713) and City of Corpus Christi (SSN-705) as the forward deployed submarine force in the Pacific. USN photo # N-6674H-013 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul D. Honnick, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Buffalo870kThe attack submarine Buffalo (SSN-715) undocks from Dry Dock 2 at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard 18 on June 2009. Buffalo is undergoing a five-month scheduled maintenance period. USN photo # N-0676F-006 by Marshall Fukuki, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Buffalo88kRear Admiral Hennegan is commander, Submarine Group 9, headquartered at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Silverdale, Wash. He is responsible for the readiness, training, logistical, administrative and personnel support of all U.S. ballistic missile (SSBN) and guided missile (SSGN) submarines in the Pacific Northwest. He assumed duty as commander, Submarine Group 9 on 29 October 2010. His tours at sea include assignments in Haddock (SSN-621), James Madison (SSBN-627), and Grayling (SSN-646). Hennegan commanded Buffalo (SSN-715) and Submarine Squadrons 6 and 8.Photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Topeka 1.04kPolaris Point, Guam, 31 May 2012: The submarine tender Emory S. Land (AS-39) provides support services to the fast attack submarines Topeka (SSN-754), Tucson (SSN-770), Buffalo (SSN-715) and the Ohio-class guided-missile submarine Michigan (SSGN-727). Los Angeles-class fast attack submarines Chicago (SSN-721) and Columbus (SSN-762) are also moored in Apra harbor. Official USN photo # 120531-N-JS205-112, by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Samuel Souvannason courtesy of navy.mil.
Photo added 01/15/16.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Buffalo (SSN-715) at the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site, the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
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