Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster.
Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.


NavSource Online: Submarine Photo Archive


Patch on left contributed by unlimiteddetails.com on right by Steve Russell

Pittsburgh (SSN-720)


Radio Call Sign: November - Papa - India - Tango

Los Angeles Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 15 April 1983, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp., Groton, CT.; Launched, 8 December 1984; Commissioned, Pittsburgh (SSN-720), 23 November 1985. Pittsburgh is assigned to the US Atlantic Fleet and homeported at Groton, CT.

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, Harpoon and Tomahawk ASM/LAM missiles from 12 VLS tubes, 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.
Click On Image
For Full Size Image
Size Image Description Contributed By/
Source
Pittsburgh 129k Launching cachet of the Pittsburgh (SSN-720) 8 December 1984. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Pittsburgh 334k Launching cachet of the Pittsburgh (SSN-720) 8 December 1984. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Pittsburgh 526k The commissioning pennant is raised aboard the nuclear-powered attack submarine Pittsburgh (SSN-720) during the ship's commissioning ceremony. The ship's crew is standing on a platform at the stern. USN photo # DN-ST-86-01910 by PH2 C. Duvall, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Pittsburgh 55k Pittsburgh's (SSN-720) Battle Ensign. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
720 1.07k Fiveteen photo Welcome Aboard PDF for the Pittsburgh (SSN-720). US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Pittsburgh 490k An officer addresses guests from the speakers platform during the commissioning of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Pittsburgh (SSN-720). The union jack is flying at the bow. USN photo # DN-ST-86-01929 by PH2 C. Duvall, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Pittsburgh 147k Bow on view of the Pittsburgh (SSN-720), cutting through the Northern Atlantic Ocean, circa possibly mid 1980's. Courtesy of Submarine Group 9 web site. Contributed by Fabio Pena.
Pittsburgh 151k Pittsburgh (SSN-720) cuts through the seas. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Pittsburgh 311k As seen through the submarine's periscope, the nose of a BGM-109 Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) targeted on an Iraqi position leaves the water after being fired from a vertical launch tube aboard the nuclear-powered attack submarine Pittsburgh (SSN-720) during Operation Desert Storm, 19 January 1991. USN photo # DN-SN-91-08882 by JOC Kleinenberger, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Pittsburgh 423k As seen through the submarine's periscope, a BGM-109 Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) targeted on an Iraqi position leaves the water after being fired from a vertical launch tube aboard the nuclear-powered attack submarine Pittsburgh (SSN-720) during Operation Desert Storm, 19 January 1991. USN photo # DN-SN-91-08885 by JOC Kleinenberger, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Pittsburgh 263k A series of shots showing launching sequence of a BGM-109 Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) targeted on an Iraqi position leaves the water after being fired from a vertical launch tube aboard the nuclear-powered attack submarine Pittsburgh (SSN-720) during Operation Desert Storm, 19 January 1991. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Pittsburgh 454k The nuclear-powered attack submarine Pittsburgh (SSN-720) surfaces off the coast of Andros, Bahamas as part of an emergency surface drill, 14 September 1991. USN photo # DN-SC-92-03969 by F.E. Zimmerman, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Pittsburgh 132k CDR. Paul James Bushong commanded the Pittsburgh (SSN-720) from 29 June 1998 to 16 March 2001.
Rear Admiral Paul J. Bushong is a native of Lucas, Texas, and was commissioned upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He also received a Master of Science in Ocean Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has the degree of Ocean Engineer, jointly awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Afloat, he has served in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. His operational assignments include duty as a division officer aboard Memphis (SSN-691), homeported in Norfolk, as engineer officer in Omaha (SSN-692), homeported in Pearl Harbor, and as executive officer in Olympia (SSN-717), also homeported in Pearl Harbor. Bushong commanded Pittsburgh homeported in Groton, Conn., commanded Frank Cable (AS-40) [23 July 2003 29 July 2005], homeported in Apra Harbor, Guam, and commanded, Submarine Group 2 in Gorton, Conn.
Ashore, he has served as the squadron engineer of Submarine Squadron 7 in Pearl Harbor, as the staff officer submarines at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Mons, Belgium, and, as the special assistant to the deputy director/ prospective commanding officer instructor at the Division of Naval Reactors in Washington. He also served as branch head for Sea Shield Analysis and Assessment in N81, as executive officer to Supreme Allied Commander, Europe/Commander, U.S. European Command and as the deputy director, Submarine Warfare Division (N87) at the Pentagon, Washington, before reporting to his present assignment as U.S. Defense representative Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Republic of Palau; as commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas; and as commander, Joint Region Marianas.
Text & photo via U.S. Navy courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Pittsburgh 30k Commemorative postal cover issued on the occasion of Pittsburgh's (SSN-720) participation with the George Washington Battle Group, August-December 2000.
Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Pittsburgh 167k National Football League (NFL) Hall of Fame quarterback, Terry Bradshaw (right) and NASCAR's Casey Atwood (center) join crewmembers on the bridge of the fast-attack submarine Pittsburgh (SSN-720) at Groton, Conn. on 6 August 2003 as the submarine gets underway. Members of the Fitz-Bradshaw racing team embarked aboard Pittsburgh and experienced what it is like to ride aboard a submarine. U.S. Navy photo # N-3312P-002 by Chief Journalist Mark O. Piggott, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Pittsburgh 26k The bridge team of Pittsburgh (SSN-720) is pictured here on a transit into Bahrain in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Spring 2004. U.S. Navy photo by STMC (SS/DV) Jeff Rowe, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Pittsburgh 448k The fast-attack submarine Pittsburgh (SSN-720) arrives at Port Everglades, Fla., for Fleet Week on 28 April 2009. USN photo # N-9588L-008 by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Dean Lohmeyer, courtesy of navy.mil. via Robert M. Cieri.
Pittsburgh 106k Chef Vito Griseta prepares lunch for the crew members aboard the fast-attack submarine Pittsburgh (SSN-720) during the Celebrity Chef luncheon as part of Fleet Week Port Everglades. USN photo # N-7214F-014 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anastasia Fitzgerald, courtesy of navy.mil. via Robert M. Cieri.
Pittsburgh 300k The Coast Guard cutter USCG Reliance (WMEC-615), the guided-missile cruiser Vella Gulf (CG-72), the guided-missile destroyer Mitscher (DDG-57), the fast-attack submarine Pittsburgh (SSN-720) and the dock landing ship Carter Hall (LSD-50) are moored pier side in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., for Fleet Week Port Everglades. During Fleet Week, more than 2,701 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will participate in a number of community outreach activities as well as enjoy the hospitality and tourism South Florida has to offer. USN photo # N-1082Z-037 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason R. Zalasky, courtesy of navy.mil.
Pittsburgh 199k Electronics Technician 3rd Class Chuck Youngberg throws a line from the fast-attack submarine Pittsburgh (SSN-720) to the pier to haul up the shore phone cable aboard on 4 February 2009. Pittsburgh returned to Submarine Base New London from a scheduled six-month deployment to the U.S. Southern Command and African Command areas of responsibility. USN photo # N-8467N-006 by John Narewski, courtesy of navy.mil.
Pittsburgh 94k Pittsburgh (SSN-720) graces Portsmouth harbor, UK in October, 2010. Photo courtesy of Chris Hunsicker via John Hummel.
Pittsburgh 537k The attack submarine Pittsburgh (SSN-720) passes the Historic Ship Nautilus as it transits the Thames river en route to homeport at Naval Submarine Base New London on 15 October 2010. Pittsburgh returned home after completing a scheduled six-month deployment. U.S. Navy Photo # N-0668P-020 by Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Sean Phillips, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Pittsburgh 384k The attack submarine Pittsburgh (SSN-720) aboard the newly restored drydock Shippingport (ARDM-4) on 5 September 2012. U.S. Navy Photo # N-TN558-059 by Machinist's Mate 1st Class Jason J. Perry, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Photo added 09/26/12.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Pittsburgh (SSN-720) 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 Springfield (SSN 761) from PBS's Nova web site

Back To The Main Photo Index Back To the Submarine Index
Problems and site related matters, E-mail Webmaster
This page is created by Gary Priolo and maintained by Michael Mohl
1996 - 2014, NavSource History All rights reserved.