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Oklahoma City (SSN-723)


Radio Call Sign: November - Oscar - Kilo - Charlie

Los Angeles Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 15 April 1983, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.; Launched, 4 January 1984; Commissioned, USS Oklahoma City (SSN-723), 9 July 1988. Oklahoma City is assigned to the US Pacific Fleet and is homeported in Guam.

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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Oklohoma City115k The keel being laid for the Los Angeles class nuclear-powered attack submarine Oklahoma City (SSN-723), forward, looking aft on 4 January 1984. Official USN photo # DN-SN-84-11940 by Stu Gilman, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Oklohoma City147kEdward J. Campbell, president of Newport News Shipbuilding Co., speaks during the launching of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Oklahoma City (SSN-723), 2 November 1985. Other members of the launching party are on the speakers platform. Official USN photo # DN-ST-89-01400 by Caroline Kiehner, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Oklohoma City205kSponsor Jane Nickles christens the nuclear-powered attack submarine Oklahoma City (SSN-723) on 2 November 1985. Other members of the launching party include, from left to right: Eleanor Kirkpatrick, matron of honor; Senator Don Nickles, Republican-Oklahoma; Admiral (ADM) William J. Crowe Jr., chairman of the joint chiefs of staff; and Edward J. Campbell, president of Newport News Shipbuilding. Official USN photo # DN-SN-86-10630 by Chris Oxley, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Oklohoma City17kCommemorative post mark on the occasion of Oklahoma City (SSN-723) christening, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA., 1985.Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Oklohoma City446k A starboard quarter view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Oklahoma City (SSN-723) underway on 26 February 1988. Official USN photo # DN-ST-89-01401 by Chris Oxley, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Oklohoma City179kOklahoma City (SSN-723), broaching, probably during her alpha sea trials off the Atlantic coast, mid 1980's. Contributed by Fabio Pena.
Oklohoma City103kOklahoma City (SSN-723), during her alpha sea trials off the Atlantic coast, 26 February 1988. USN photo.
Oklohoma City106k A Chief Petty Officer at the main control center on board the nuclear-powered attack submarine Oklahoma City (SSN-723) is ready to make instant course changes during an at sea period in the Atlantic Ocean, September 1991. USN photo # CI-95-00042-KT / N-9999X-447, courtesy of COMSUBPAC.
Oklohoma City279k A view of four of the 12 vertical-launch Tomahawk missile tubes on the bow of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Oklahoma City (SSN-723) on 1 February 1991. Official USN photo # DN-ST-91-05257 by PH1 Robert Mcroy, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Oklohoma City613k The hatches of the 12 vertical-launch Tomahawk missile tubes stand open on the bow of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Oklahoma City (SSN-723) on 1 February 1991. Official USN photo # DN-ST-91-05259 by PH1 Robert Mcroy, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Oklohoma City88k Crew members man the control station aboard the nuclear-powered attack submarine Oklahoma City (SSN-723) on 1 September 1991. Official USN photo # DN-ST-94-00622 by PH1 Mike Flynn, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Oklohoma City93kA crew member performs routine maintenance on a torpedo tube aboard the nuclear-powered attack submarine Oklahoma City (SSN-723) on 1 September 1991. Official USN photo # DN-ST-94-00576 by PH1 Mike Flynn, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Oklohoma City66kA crew member services a Mark 48 torpedo aboard the nuclear-powered attack submarine Oklahoma City (SSN-723). Official USN photo # DN-ST-94-00629 by PH1 Mike Flynn, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Oklohoma City552k A bow on view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Oklahoma City (SSN-723) tied up at a pier at Port Canaveral, Florida on 6 February 1994. Official USN photo # DN-SC-94-02394 by OS2 John Bouvia, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Oklohoma City46k The aircraft carrier America (CV-66) leads an echelon of ships north through the Suez Canal, enroute to the Adriatic Sea, on 9 December 1995. Also pictured is the Los Angeles class submarine Oklahoma City (SSN-723), positioned directly behind the carrier, while Egyptian water taxies jockey for position in the congested waters of the canal. The America's Battle Group will take up position in the Adriatic off the coast of Bosnia-Herznegovina, to support NATO peace keeping operations. USN photo # N-0000D-002 by Photographer's Mate 2nd. Class Eric N. Dunn, courtesy of COMSUBPAC.
Oklohoma City168kThe US Navy Attack Submarine Oklahoma City (SSN-723) takes position as she enters the well-deck of the US Navy's medium auxiliary floating dry dock Resolute (AFDM-10) on 12 August 1996. Official USN photo # DN-SD-01-09896 by PH2 Richard Rosser, USN, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Oklohoma City1.02kSeventeen page Welcome Aboard PDF for the Oklahoma City (SSN-723), circa 1996.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Oklohoma City121kCrewmen of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Oklahoma City (SSN-723) touch up the depth indicator numbers on the bow of their sub while moored at the destroyer and submarine (D&S) piers at NAS Norfolk on 1 January 1997. Note the safety lines to protect the crew while working on the slick deck. Official USN photo # DN-ST-97-00720 by PH1 Michael Flynn, USN, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Oklohoma City136kA crewmember on board the nuclear-powered attack submarine Oklahoma City (SSN-723) operates one of the myriad of controls existing on board any submarine.Official USN photo # N-5268S-002 by PH1 Michael Flynn, courtesy of news.navy.mil. Photo submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Oklohoma City80kA Navy cook on board the nuclear-powered attack submarine Oklahoma City (SSN-723) prepares hamburgers for the crews noon time meal on 1 January 1997. Official USN photo # DN-ST-97-00688, by PH3 Bruce W. Moore,from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Oklohoma City34kIn this dimly lighted view of the interior of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Oklahoma City (SSN-723) control room, a Navy commander at the periscope and the bow plane control personnel at their stations have a mystic appearance reflective of the submarine reputation of stealth on 1 January 1997. Official USN photo # DN-ST-97-00708 by PH1 Mike Flynn, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.& submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Oklohoma City43kA Fancy illustrated pictorial cancellation authorized by USPS for ONE DAY ONLY USE at event site for historical navy postal mementoes. This is a commemorative postal cover issued on the occasion of fifteen years that the Oklahoma City (SSN-723) has been on station at Norfolk, VA., 9 July 2003. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Oklohoma City417k The attack submarine Oklahoma City (SSN-723) returns to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on 20 January 2005 following a routine six-month deployment. Oklahoma City recently completed a circumnavigation of North America by transiting under the Arctic, supporting operations in the Pacific, and transiting back to the Atlantic via the Panama Canal. USN photo # 050120-N-5268S-003 by USN photo by Journalist 2nd class Christina M. Shaw, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Oklohoma City422kThe nuclear-powered submarine Oklahoma City (SSN-723), arrived at Northrop Grumman Newport News on 10 April 2006 for a performance period to last approximately two months.
Photo # 189-2523 courtesy of northropgrumman.com / media.primezone.com.
Oklohoma City73k Submarine Veteran F. Neal Sever talks to the crew of the attack submarine Oklahoma City (SSN-723) during his visit at Norfolk, Va. 13 October 2006. Following his tour, Sever attended the time honored dolphin pinning ceremony and gave a first hand account of the only ground combat operation on Japanese territory in World War II. Sever's accomplishments were immortalized in the nonfiction novel "Thunder Below" by Commander Eugene "Lucky" Fluckey.
USN photo # N-5268S-001, by USN photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christina M. Shaw, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Oklohoma City177k A Sailor aboard the Oklahoma City (SSN-723) familiarizes himself with the Voyage Management System (VMS)on 6 April 2007. VMS is a combination of digital charts, constant global positioning system fixes, environmental sensors and electronic command and control to allow the submarine to eliminate many of the constraining aspects of navigation when using paper charts. Official USN photo # N-8655E-001 by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kelvin Edwards, courtesy of news.navy.mil. Photo submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Oklohoma City67kU.S. Navy Cmdr. Ed Mayer, commanding officer of Oklahoma City (SSN-723), photographs his family on the pier in Norfolk, Va., before pulling out for a scheduled six-month deployment on 12 May 2007. Official USN photo # N-5268S-002 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christina M. Shaw, courtesy of news.navy.mil. Photo submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Oklohoma City412kThe crew of the fast-attack submarine Oklahoma City (SSN-723) salutes the Ensign as they depart for a deployment on 9 May 2008. Cmdr. Ed Mayer IV, commanding officer of Oklahoma City, will lead the crew in operations supporting national security and contributing directly to the maritime strategy.
This deployment will be Oklahoma City's second using the Voyage Management System, a paperless navigation system that uses digital charts, GPS fixes, environmental sensors and electronic command and control. The system helps the submarine locate and identify potential navigational hazards, allowing for a smooth, safe deployment.
USN photo # N-7668G-149, by Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Xander Gamble courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Norfolk Pier 3150kThe fast-attack submarines Norfolk (SSN-714), left, Newport News (SSN-750) and Oklahoma City (SSN-723) sit moored at Naval Station Norfolk's Pier 3 during sunset on 22 August 2008.USN photo # N-7668G-004 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Xander Gamble, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Oklohoma City153k The attack submarine Oklahoma City (SSN-723) prepares for sea at Naval Station Norfolk on 3 September 2008. Oklahoma City will travel to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, N.H., for a scheduled overhaul, marking the beginning of a two-year homeport shift to Portsmouth. USN photo # N-7705S-008 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Todd A. Schaffer, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Oklohoma City713kSailors assigned to both the submarine tender Emory S. Land (AS-39) and Frank Cable (AS-40) conduct Tomahawk land-attack missile (TLAM) certification operations aboard the fast attack submarine Oklahoma City (SSN-723) at Polaris Point, Guam, 13 February 2012.USN photo # N-BK435-070 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeremy M. Starr, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Oklohoma City357kSailors assigned to the attack submarine Oklahoma City (SSN-723) participate in crane operations conducted by civil service mariners aboard the submarine tender Frank Cable (AS-40) in preparation for getting underway, 26 October 2012.USN photo # N-BK435-070 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeremy M. Starr, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Oklohoma City677kFour photo PDF of sailors and civil service mariners assigned to the submarine tender Frank Cable (AS-40) assist Sailors aboard the attack submarine Oklahoma City (SSN-723) with torpedo offloads at Polaris Point, Guam, 14 November 2012. USN photo # N-CO162-086 by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Chris Salisbury, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Oklohoma City1.09kThe fast attack submarine Oklahoma City (SSN-723), assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron 15, enters the floating dry dock Arco (ARDM-5) on 5 May 2016 for a scheduled maintenance period. Arco is a Commander, Submarine Squadron 11 asset under the operational control of Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. USN photo # 160505-N-TW634-039 Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Derek A. Harkins, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Photo added 11/21/16.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Oklahoma City (SSN-723) at the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site, the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
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