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Honolulu (SSN-718)

Radio Call Sign: November - Hotel - Oscar - November

Los Angeles Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 10 November 1981, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.; Launched, 24 September 1983; Commissioned, USS Honolulu (SSN-718), 6 July 1985. Honolulu was decommissioned on 2 November 2007 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on the same date. Ex-Honolulu entered the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program in Bremerton, Washington.
The forward section of ex-Honolulu was transferred to San Francisco (SSN-711), repairing extensive damage caused by a severe grounding she experienced in 2005. The project was completed on 20 October 2008.

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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Honolulu122kJoan B. Clark, sponsor, christens the Los Angeles class nuclear-powered attack submarine Honolulu (SSN-718) during the ship's launching ceremony on 24 September 1983. USN photo # DN-SN-84-01881, by Stu Gilman, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Honolulu51kCommemorative postal cover marking the christening of the Honolulu (SSN-718) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA., 24 September 1983. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Honolulu785kA bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Honolulu (SSN-718) on the ways during its launching ceremony. USN photo # DN-SC-84-01406, by PHAN Goldberg, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Honolulu258kNewport News meets the Honolulu (SSN-718) as she is waterbourne on 24 September 1983.Photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
Photo added 12/10/16.
Honolulu727kA bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Honolulu (SSN-718) with members of its crew on the main deck after being launched at Newport News Shipbuilding. USN photo # DN-SC-84-01408, by PHAN Goldberg, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil
Honolulu63kHonolulu (SSN-718) underway, probably during her alpha sea trials off the Atlantic coast, 1984. USN photo from the National War College papers, courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Honolulu63kAerial port quarter view of the sail area of the Los Angeles class nuclear-powered attack submarine Honolulu (SSN-718) on 20 April 1985. The submarine is underway during sea trials. USN photo # DN-SC-85-08807, by Caroline Kiehner, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Honolulu474kA high angle port bow view of the Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered attack submarine Honolulu (SSN-718) underway on 20 April 1985. Note that the boat's number is reversed. USN photo # DN-SN-85-08637, by Stu Gilman, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil
Honolulu114k Giant leis decorate the sail of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Honolulu (SSN-718) during its commissioning ceremony. Crewmen stand on deck under the union jack on 6 July 1985. USN photo # DN-SC-85-09435 by PH1 T. Burrows, courtesy of news.navy.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Honolulu154k Honolulu (SSN-718) underway off Diamond Head in 1987. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Honolulu287kThe nuclear-powered attack submarine Honolulu (SSN-718) enters the channel as it arrives for a visit to Naval Station, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on 1 June 1991. USN photo # DN-SC-92-02710, by OS2 John Bouvia, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil
Honolulu82kAdmiral Jonathan W. Greenert commanded the Honolulu (SSN-718) from March 1991 to July 1993. USN photo courtesy of cpf.navy.mil/bios/deputy. Photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Honolulu118kHonolulu (SSN-718) held a change of command ceremony on 14 November 2001 as Cmdr. Charles K. Harris relieved Cmdr. John M. Richardson at the Pearl Harbor submarine base's Parche Memorial. "It has been a challenging and glorious 28 months filled with everything a submariner could imagine," said Richardson. "I’ve been extremely lucky to command this special group of Sailors…all of them true warriors, but some of the finest people you’d ever want to meet," he added. Cmdr. Richardson also enjoyed the distinction of having been selected as one of the 2001 Vice Admiral Stockdale Award winners for Inspirational Leadership, an award designated in 1979 and presented annually to two commanding officers, one in the Atlantic Fleet and one in the Pacific. Vice Admiral John M. Richardson commanded Honolulu from 10 June 1999 to 14 November 2001 out of Pearl Harbor and was commodore of Submarine Development Squadron 12 in Groton, Ct. Most recently he served in Naples, Italy as commander, Submarine Group Eight; commander, Submarines, Allied Naval Forces South; deputy commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, and chief of staff, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa. His operational assignments include service in both attack and ballistic missile submarines, including Parche (SSN 683), George C. Marshall (SSBN 654), and Salt Lake City (SSN 716). USN photo courtesy of COMSUBPAC Public Affairs & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Honolulu129kJust in case any body out here reads German, I decided to include the caption with the picture source.
Pearl Harbor" ist ein Naturhafen der auch heute noch von der US NAVY als Stützpunkt für Nuklear U-Boote genutzt wird. Hier ein Schiff der Los Angeles Klasse, beim Auslaufen durch den Pearl Harbor Kanal. Es ist die Honolulu (SSN-718). Von U-"Boot" kann hier eigentlich nicht die Rede sein, denn es handelt sich um über einhundert Meter lange Schiffe mit mehreren Decks.
Photo courtesy of airfan.de. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Honolulu178k Honolulu (SSN-718) pulling in to Laem Chabang, Thailand. USN photo courtesy of flickr.com & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Honolulu93kHonolulu (SSN-718) in the High Arctic, November 2003, where the submarine collected scientific data and water samples for U.S. and Canadian Universities. Honolulu is the first original design Los Angeles-class submarine to visit the North Pole. U. S.Navy photo by Chief Yeoman Alphonso Braggs. Courtesy of US Navy Chinfo Photo Gallery web site.
Honolulu165k The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine Honolulu (SSN-718) surfaces in an open water area approximately 280 miles from the North Pole. Commanded by Cmdr. Charles Harris, Honolulu while conducting otherwise classified operations in the Arctic, collected scientific data and water samples for U.S. and Canadian Universities as part of an agreement with the Arctic Submarine Laboratory (ASL) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Honolulu is the 24th Los Angeles-class submarine, and the first original design in her class to visit the North Pole region. Honolulu is assigned to Commander Submarine Pacific, Submarine Squadron Three, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. U. S. Navy photo # N-XXXXB-005 by Chief Yeoman Alphonso Braggs, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Honolulu316kDespite Detente, representatives from Ivan prove unbearable as they check out the Honolulu (SSN-718) in the High Arctic, November 2003, where the submarine collected scientific data and water samples for U.S. and Canadian Universities. Courtesy of Larry Lee.
Honolulu17k Honolulu (SSN-718) prepares to repel boarders in the High Arctic, November 2003. U. S. Navy photo by Chief Yeoman Alphonso Braggs, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Honolulu39kA young Polar bear stands up to get a better look at the fast attack submarine Honolulu (SSN-718) while surfaced 280 miles from the North Pole. Sighted by a lookout from the bridge (sail) of the submarine, the bear investigated the boat for almost 2 hours before leaving. U. S. Navy photo by Chief Yeoman Alphonso Braggs, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Honolulu233kThe fast-attack submarine Honolulu (SSN-718) spent an eight-month deployment with Seventh Fleet Forces and in the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She is pictured here arriving at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 13 April 2003. USN photo # N-0883H-008 by Cdr. Chuck Harris, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Honolulu60kHawaii teenage golf star, Michelle Wie, met with Sailors and toured the nuclear-powered attack submarine Honolulu (SSN-718) with her parents and friends, 9 February 2004. The tour ended with lunch in the officer's wardroom with the ship's Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Charles Harris. USN photo # N-0879R-001 by Chief Journalist David Rush, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Honolulu110kHonolulu (SSN-718) crewmembers MM3(SS) Phillip Pansoy, FTSN(SS) Christopher Stuart, and FT3 Isaac Deaguero, with two children enjoying a holiday meal at the Foster Family Programs of Hawaii Christmas Party on Sunday, 18 December 2005. Twelve crewmembers from the Pearl Harbor-based attack submarine volunteered to help seat and serve more than 2,500 guests at the event. In addition to a turkey lunch with all the fixings, the families were treated to musical acts, games, Christmas-ornament making, cookie decorating, face painting and pictures with Santa. The goal of the lunch was to bring the community's foster families under one roof and to thank the parents for the work they do. USN photo courtesy of csp.navy.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Honolulu231kCmdr. John Russ is piped ashore after assuming command of the Los Angeles class attack submarine Honolulu (SSN-718). Russ relieved Cmdr. Chuck Harris as commanding officer during a change of command ceremony on board Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 21 October 2004. USN photo # N-5539C-001 by Journalist 3rd Class Corwin Colbert, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Honolulu307kA Sonar Technician Seaman from Honolulu (SSN-718) explains to Sea Cadets ballasting of a submarine. The U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Hawaii Battleship Missouri Division visited Honolulu on 20 November 2004. USN photo by Journalist 3rd Class Corwin Colbert, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Honolulu281kMachinist Mate 3rd Class Brandon Oyer, assigned to Los Angeles class attack submarine Honolulu (SSN-718), is handed an award winning meal at Pearl Harbor's Silver Dolphin Bistro Galley on 28 March 2006. For the 2nd year in a row, the Bistro received runner up for the Capt. Edward F. Ney Memorial Award for superior food service handling. USN photo # N-5062N-001 by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Steve Norburg, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Honolulu202kHonolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann visits the Pearl Harbor based Los Angeles class attack submarine Honolulu (SSN-718) on 29 March 2006 to bid farewell to the nuclear-powered attack submarine that has served as the city's namesake for the past two decades. Honolulu's Commanding Officer, Cmdr. John Russ exchanges gifts with the Mayor and provided a tour of the submarine. Honolulu is scheduled to depart for its final deployment to the Western Pacific, and return directly to Bremerton, Washington, to begin inactivation.USN photo # N-0879R-003 by Chief Journalist David Russ, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Honolulu221kChief Electronics Technician Brian Hircock and Electronics Technician 1st Class Burnell Broussard of Honolulu (SSN-718) navigation department, review charts in the control room on 12 April 2006. Honolulu, which has served as Honolulu's namesake for the last two decades, is scheduled to depart for its final deployment to the Western Pacific in early May. Following the deployment, it will return directly to Bremerton, Washington, to begin inactivation. Honolulu has been homeported at Pearl Harbor for most of its operational life. After its commissioning in 1985, it moved to Hawaii to join the Pacific Fleet in September 1986. It has completed nine deployments to the Western Pacific, participated in Operation Enduring Freedom and conducted operations under the Arctic ice. USN photo # N-5539C-001 & text by Journalist 2nd Class Corwin Colber, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Honolulu255k The Honolulu (SSN-718) is escorted by the P&R Water Taxi ASD Daniel Akaka, named after Hawaii's congressional delegation, as she prepares to get underway for its final deployment to the Western Pacific, 12 April 2006. Following the deployment the boat will return to Bremerton, Washington to begin inactivation. USN photo # N-5539C-002 by Journalist 2nd Class Corwin Colber, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Honolulu168kBrother Franklin Pao stands in front of the sail of fast attack submarine Honolulu (SSN-718) before giving a Hawaiian water blessing during a farewell ceremony, 15 April 2006. Senator Daniel Inouye, Lieutenant Governor James Aiona and Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Adm. Gary Roughead join past and current crew members of Honolulu to bid farewell to the nuclear powered attack submarine. USN photo N-3286G-004 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Christopher P. Gerrior, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Honolulu188kCommander, U.S. Seventh Fleet Vice Adm. Jonathan Greenert, speaks during the farewell ceremony for the fast attack submarine Honolulu (SSN-718). Senator Daniel Inouye, Lieutenant Governor James Aiona and Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Adm. Gary Roughead join past and current crew members of Honolulu to bid farewell to the nuclear powered attack submarine. USN photo # N-3286G-080 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Christopher P. Gerrior, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Honolulu200k Senator Daniel Inouye pauses for applause prior to speaking at the farewell ceremony for the fast attack submarine Honolulu (SSN-718). USN photo # N-3286G-082 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Christopher P. Gerrior, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Honolulu389kHonolulu (SSN-718) sails by the Arizona Memorial one last time before heading out on her 10th Western Pacific deployment, 13 May 2006. This will be the last deployment for the nuclear-powered fast attack submarine. Following the deployment, the Honolulu is scheduled for decommissioning and will transit to Bremerton, Wash. to begin the process. USN photo # N-5539C-001 by Journalist 2nd Class Corwin Colbert, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Honolulu389kSubmarine tender Frank Cable (AS-40) tends deployed submarines Honolulu (SSN-718) and La Jolla (SSN-701) while anchored in Hong Kong Harbor on 7 October 2006. The tender's presence made it possible for the two submarines to make a port visit to the Asian metropolis as United States submarines cannot moor to the mainland. This is one of the last Western Pacific port visits Honolulu will make before returning to Bremerton, Wash., to begin decommissioning. USN photo # N-3228J-002 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeremy Johnson, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Honolulu202kLine handlers assemble topside as the fast-attack submarine Honolulu (SSN-718) pulls into Naval Base Kitsap, Port Orchard, Wash, 28 October 2006. Honolulu, commissioned in 1985, returned home this morning from her final patrol.USN photo # N-1683M-003 by Master Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jerry McLain, courtesy of news.navy.mil.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Honolulu (SSN-718) at the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site, the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
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Virtual Tour of USS Springfield (SSN 761) from PBS's Nova web site

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