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Olympia (SSN-717)


Radio Call Sign: November - Romeo - Kilo - Mike

Los Angeles Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 31 March 1981, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.; Launched, 30 April 1983; Commissioned, USS Olympia (SSN-717), 17 November 1984. Olympia is assigned to the US Pacific Fleet and 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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Olympia 238k Olympia (SSN-717) keel cachet, 31 March 1981. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 06/27/12.
Olympia 222k Olympia (SSN-717) launch cachet, 30 April 1983. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 06/27/12.
Salt Lake City346kA view of the spectators attending the launching ceremony for the nuclear-powered attack submarine Salt Lake City (SSN-716) on 16 October 1983. The unfinished Olympia (SSN-717) is on the building ways to the right.
U.S. Navy photo # DN-SN-83-06085, by Stu Gilman, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Olympia 109k Olympia (SSN-717) underway, during her alpha sea trials off the Atlantic coast, 12 October 1984.
USN photo contributed by Fabio Pena.
Olympia 651k Olympia (SSN-717) taken on her sea trials in 1984. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
Photo added 06/27/12.
Olympia 109k Bow on view of the Olympia (SSN-717) underway, probably during her alpha sea trials off the Atlantic coast, 1984.
Contributed by Fabio Pena.
Olympia 156k A port bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Olympia (SSN-717) during its commissioning ceremony on 17 Nov 1984. The medium auxiliary floating dry dock Resolute (AFDM-10) is in the left foreground.
Photo # DN-ST-85-02384 by PH2 D. G. Wujcik, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Olympia 103k The crew of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Olympia (SSN-717) stand in formation on the deck during its commissioning ceremony. The Olympia city and Washington state flags are flying above the submarine. Photo # DN-ST-85-02376 by PH2 D. G. Wujcik, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Olympia 303k Olympia (SSN-717) commissioning cachet, 17 November 1984. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Photo added 06/27/12.
Olympia 156k The Olympia (SSN-717) visits her namesake city for the first time, 17 March 1986.
Photo by Karen Flemer, courtesy of Brian Wilkinson.
Olympia 464k Two crewmen stand watch aboard the Olympia (SSN-717) as she visits her namesake city for the first time, 17 March 1986.
Photo by Karen Flemer, courtesy of Brian Wilkinson.
Olympia 104k The Olympia (SSN-717) is tied up to a wharf outside of her namesake city for the first time, 17 March 1986.
USN photo courtesy of David Buell.
Olympia 1.27k Twenty one page Welcome Aboard PDF for the Olympia (SSN-717) circa 2000. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
PDF added 06/27/12.
Olympia 126k Olympia (SSN-717) earned the 2002 Commander, Submarine Squadron Three Battle Efficiency "E" and the 2002 Commander, Submarine Squadron Three Deck Seamanship White "D."
Cmdr. Paul A. Marconi, Olympia commanding officer, accepted the award on 7 March 2003 for the ship and stated, "We are pleased that Olympia lived up to its motto, Este Paratus (we are ready), and look forward to another successful year. The crew performed wonderfully throughout the year."
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of cpf.navy.mil., submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Olympia 254k The Tugz International Z-Three helps the Olympia (SSN-717) into Pearl Harbor. The Olympia returned to Pearl on 23 January 2002 after completing a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This was the first time the crew of the attack submarine had seen their loved ones since the September 11 attacks on the United States. "The beginning of the deployment was very stressful for the crew because of the 9/11 attacks," said Lt. James C. Statler, the Olympia Supply Officer. "But after we learned that we would be participating in Operation Enduring Freedom with Fifth Fleet, the crew became very focused and motivated to perform our missions at hand." U.S. Navy photo # P1230236, courtesy of cpf.navy.mil., submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Olympia 365k An Electronics Technician 1st Class of Olympia (SSN-717) presents a Seaman Recruit with one of several items provided by the Los Angeles class nuclear-powered attack submarine homeported in Pearl Harbor. The submarine crew sponsored Great Lakes Recruit Training Command's Class 131 during a recent visit to the area on 1 March 2004.
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of cpf.navy.mil., submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Olympia 198k Olympia (SSN-717) leaving Pearl Harbor for commencement in Exercise RIMPAC 2004. U.S. Navy photo # 169-804_0049, courtesy of cpf.navy.mil., submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Olympia 303k Sailors aboard Olympia (SSN-717) prepare to get underway for a Western Pacific deployment from Pearl Harbor on 8 February 2005. The nuclear-powered attack submarine will join the Carl Vinson (CVN-70) Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo by JO2 Corwin Colbert, courtesy of COMSUBPAC.
Olympia 312k Crew members of Olympia (SSN-717) conduct small boat handling off the coast of Sasebo, Japan. Olympia returned from a six-month Western Pacific deployment on 6 August 2005. Olympia departed Pearl Harbor on 7 February 2005 and joined the Carl Vinson (CVN-70) Strike Group. During their deployment, the crew conducted missions vital to national security.
U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Olympia Public Affairs, submitted by Jack Treutle.
Olympia 131k Capt. Joseph Tofalo returns a hand salute rendered to him by Capt. L. David Marquet as Tofalo assumes his new duty as the Commanding Officer, Olympia (SSN-717) on board Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii., 24 September 2005.
U.S. Navy photo # N-1027J-027 by Photographer's Mate Airman John T. Jackson, courtesy of navy.news.mil.
Olympia 70k Machinist Mate 2nd Class Matthew Ugarph, a submariner stationed on board Olympia (SSN-717), was selected for the Seaman to Admiral 21 Program on 1 November 2005. Ugarph, a 22 year-old Clinton, Iowa native, is an Engineering Laboratory Technician on the Pearl Harbor based nuclear-powered attack submarine. Also selected was Sonar Technician (Submarines) 1st Class Richard Dobias who works at the Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific. U.S. Navy photo by JOC(SW/AW) David Rush, courtesy of COMSUBPAC Public Affairs & submitted by Bill Gonyo.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Olympia (SSN-717) 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
Fleet Reserve Association

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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