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Chicago (SSN-721)


Los Angeles Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 1 May 1983, at Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA.; Launched, 13 October 1984; Commissioned, USS Chicago (SSN-721), 27 October 1986. Chicago 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, 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.
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721 170k Chicago (SSN-721) keel cachet,1 May 1983, at Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Chicago766kVicki Paisley, ships sponsor, breaks a bottle of champagne across the bow of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Chicago (SSN-721) at the conclusion of the launch ceremony on 13 October 1984. Vice Admiral Nils Thunman, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Submarine Warfare, stands in the background center. US Navy photo # DN-SN-85-04148 by Stu Gilman, courtesy of NN&DDC via Bill Gonyo.
721 700k Like a political convention announcing its winning candidate, the Chicago (SSN-721) is launched to ballons on 13 October 1984. Photo courtesy of S. Dale Hargrave.
Chicago461kFamily and friends attend the launching ceremony of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Chicago (SSN-721), 13 October 1984. USN photo # DN-ST-89-01394 from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Chicago185kReleased balloons drift up as the Los Angeles class nuclear-powered attack submarine Chicago (SSN-721) slides down the ways into the James River at the conclusion of its launch ceremony on 13 October 1984. USN photo # DN-SN-85-04145 by Stu Gilman, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
721 230k Launching cachet of the Chicago (SSN-721) on 13 October 1984. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Chicago850kAn aerial starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Chicago (SSN-721) underway during sea trials, 24 Jul 1986. USN photo # DN-SN-88-06229 by Stuart Gilman, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Chicago154kTwo commercial tug boats maneuver the nuclear-powered attack submarine Chicago (SSN-721) toward the pier at San Diego on 2 Apr 1991. The Chicago is returning to San Diego following its deployment to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Storm. The destroyer Fletcher (DD-992) is in the background. USN photo # DN-SC-91-07489 by PH2 Michael Rodriguez, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Chicago746kLine handlers on shore and aboard the nuclear-powered attack submarine Chicago (SSN-721) stand by as commercial tug boats move the submarine the last few feet to the pier. The Chicago is returning to San Diego following its deployment to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Storm on 2 Apr 1991.
Chicago179kRear Admiral Stephen E. Johnson is from Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1977 with degrees in Accounting and Information Management. He received his commission through the NROTC Program. Johnson’s most recent sea tour was as Commanding Officer,Chicago (SSN-721) from November 1992 until May 1995. Chicago earned the U.S. Pacific Fleet 1994 Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy and the Submarine Squadron Eleven Battle Efficiency “E” for Excellence. Chicago also received two consecutive Secretary of the Navy awards for outstanding Morale, Welfare and Recreation Programs and two consecutive COMSUBPAC Retention Excellence Awards. Previous sea tours include Executive Officer, Buffalo (SSN-715), Engineer Officer, Nathan Hale (SSBN-623), and as Weapons Officer, Bergall (SSN-667). USN photo # DN-SD-04-15680 courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Chicago637k A view of the Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered attack submarine Chicago (SSN-721) during routine hull maintenance and painting in the medium auxiliary repair dock Arco (ARDM-5) at the San Diego Submarine Base, 1 Jun 1993. The Chicago sports a Bulls-type logo on its nose in appreciation of the Chicago Bull's recent victory in the NBA championship games. The bull is expected to wash off after three or four dives. USN photo # DN-SC-94-010823 & text from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
721 896k Nineteen photo COC PDF of the Chicago (SSN-721), December 1999. US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Chicago96kFollowing Submarine School in Groton, Connecticut, Captain Daniel E. Prince reported to the Drum (SSN-677) in San Diego, California in January 1984. He served in various division officer assignments while completing one Western Pacific Deployment and part of a refueling overhaul in Bremerton, Washington. After completing the Submarine Officer Advanced Course in Groton, Connecticut, Captain Prince reported to Parche (SSN-683) in Vallejo, California where he served as Navigator and Operations Officer until July 1992. Following Prospective Executive Officer School in Groton, Connecticut, Captain Prince served as Executive Officer on Pennsylvania (SSBN-735) (BLUE) in Kings Bay, Georgia from June 1995 until March 1997, making three strategic deterrent patrols and participating in the successful test firings of two Trident D5 missiles. Following nine months of Prospective Commanding Officer training, Captain Prince relieved as Commanding Officer, Chicago (SSN-721) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in 8 December 1999 where he served in command until 22 July 2002. During this period, Chicago made one Western Pacific deployment, for which the crew was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Naval Nuclear Power Training Command via Bill Gonyo.
Chicago109kColor guard from the Chicago (SSN-721) Submarine Group 7 (SG7), stand at attention with the colors next to the boat at Pearl Harbor on 29 Mar 2001. USN photo # N-2613R-002 / DN-SD-03-11355 by PH2 Erich Ryland, USN, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Chicago402kChicago (SSN-721), glides along at periscope depth in the western Pacific Ocean off the coast of Malaysia, 24 July 2001. Chicago is participating in the seventh annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2001 exercise. Countries participating in CARAT 01 are: Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Brunei and the United States. US Navy photo by PH1 Kevin H.Tierney USN, # 6077T-007, courtesy of the US Navy Chinfo Ship Images web site.
Chicago202kChicago (SSN-721), glides along at periscope depth in beautiful blue waters of the western Pacific Ocean off the coast of Malaysia, 24 July 2001. US Navy photo by PH1 Kevin H.Tierney USN, courtesy of the US Navy Chinfo Ship Images web site.
Chicago98k Sailors from Chicago (SSN-721) moor the fast attack submarine to its pier at Pearl Harbor following a return from a six-month deployment. During the underway, the boat visited Singapore, Australia, Guam, Japan and Saipan. US Navy photo courtesy of hnn.mil.navy
Chicago104k The attack submarine Chicago (SSN-721) left family and friends for a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific 7 November 2002. "The crew is excited and ready to go," said Cmdr. Craig Selbrede, Chicago's commanding officer. "We've been preparing for this moment for a long time and I have complete confidence in the crew's readiness and ability to do our part in answering the nation's call." US Navy photo courtesy of hnn.mil.navy.
Chicago105k A crewmember assigned to the attack submarine Chicago (SSN-721) explains the workings of Naval Firefighting Thermal Imager Damage Control Systems Fire Detection Team to Russian Adm. Viktor Dmitrievich Fedorov, Russian Navy Commander, Pacific Fleet during his tour of the Chicago on 9 Jun.2003 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. US Navy photo # N-5467J-236, by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Casey L. James, courtesy of the US Navy Chinfo Ship Images web site.
Chicago287k Hawaii-based Sailors assigned to the attack submarine Chicago (SSN-721) observe morning colors at half-mast on 11 September 2003, with a flag sent from the New York City Fire Department. The flag was sent to the city of Chicago, and in turn was presented to the crew of Chicago. The crew hoisted the flag in memory of the men and women who died on 11 September and to pay homage to the brave men and women that fought and died at Pearl Harbor. US Navy photo # N-0879R-001, by Chief Journalist David Rush, courtesy of the US Navy Chinfo Ship Images web site.
Chicago200kCmdr. Rich Wortman is piped ashore after assuming command of Chicago (SSN-721). Wortman relieved Cmdr. Craig Selbrede during a change of command ceremony on 30 June 2004 at Pearl Harbor Naval Station's submarine piers. US Navy photo by JO3 Corwin Colber, courtesy of the US Navy Chinfo Ship Images web site.
Chicago267kStarboard bow view of the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine Chicago (SSN-721) arriving at Navy Base Kitsap, Bangor, Wash., 4 February 2005, for a schedule availability period conducted by the Bangor Intermediate Maintenance Facility and the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. US Navy photo # N-4723L-003, by Ray F. Longaker, Jr., courtesy of the US Navy Chinfo Ship Images web site.
Chicago296kSubmariners aboard the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine Chicago (SSN-721) salute during morning colors, 29 November 2005, before it departs its homeport of Pearl Harbor for a Western Pacific deployment.US Navy photo # N-0879R-001, by Chief Journalist David Rush, courtesy of navy.news.mil.
Chicago502k The Los Angeles-class attack submarines Chicago (SSN-721) and Columbia (SSN-771) prepare to join a multinational formation with other ships that participated in the 2006 Rim of the Pacific exercise. To commemorate the last day of RIMPAC, 25 July 2006, participating country's naval vessels fell into ranks for a photo exercise. RIMPAC trains U.S. allied forces to be interoperable and ready for a wide range of potential combined operations and missions. Eight nations participated in RIMPAC, the world's largest biennial maritime exercise. Conducted in the waters off Hawaii, RIMPAC brings together military forces from Australia, Canada, Chile, Peru, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States. US Navy photo # N-7981E-448, by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman James R. Evans, courtesy of navy.news.mil.
Chicago114kNaval ships from India, Australia, Japan, Singapore, and the United States break away after a joint photo exercise during Exercise Malabar 07-2 5 September 2007 in the Bay of Bengal. Kitty Hawk and Nimitz Carrier Strike Groups are taking part in the multinational exercise. The formation included Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers JS Yuudachi (DD-103) and JS Oonami (DD-111), Republic of Singapore Navy frigate RSS Formidable (68), Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Adelaide (FFG-01), Indian Navy destroyers INS Ranvijay (D-55) and INS Ranjit (D-53), Indian Navy frigate INS Brahmaputra (F-31), Indian Navy aircraft carrier INS Ranjit (R-22), guided-missile destroyers Curtis Wilbur (DDG-54) and Higgins (DDG-76), aircraft carriers Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and Nimitz (CVN-68), and attack submarine Chicago (SSN-721). US Navy photo # N-6106R-377, by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Stephen W. Rowe, courtesy of navy.news.mil.
Chicago34kCommander, Submarine Group 7, Rear Adm. Douglas McAneny and Chicago (SSN-721) Commanding Officer Cmdr. Rick Stoner observe as STSC (SS) Damian Richard demonstrates the submarine's Spherical Array Passive Broadband capabilities to First Adm. Datuk Jamil Osman of the Royal Malaysian Navy on 14 September 2007. Photo by YN2 (SS) Stephen Dubich submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Chicago59kThe crew of the fast-attack submarine Chicago (SSN-721) welcomes aboard visiting members of the 721 Club, prominent community members from the boat's namesake city of Chicago, for a brief embarkation and tour at Naval Station Pearl Harbor on 14 November 2008. U.S. Navy photo # N-9426B-001 by Lt. Cmdr. David Benham, courtesy of news.navy.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
721 1.75k Seventeen photo Welcome Aboard PDF of the Chicago (SSN-721). US Navy photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Chicago296k The attack submarine Chicago (SSN-721), awarded the 2008 Submarine Squadron (CSS) 3 Battle Efficiency (Battle E) award for continual mission readiness, leaves Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a scheduled six-month deployment to the western Pacific region on 6 January 2009. USN photo # N-2218M-004 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Luciano Marano, courtesy of news.navy.mil.

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