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Louisville (SSN-724)


Los Angeles Class Attack Submarine: Laid down, 24 September 1984, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, Groton, CT.; Launched, 14 December 1985; Commissioned, USS Louisville (SSN-724), 8 November 1986. Louisville 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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724, 734 & 3578k Louisville (SSN-724) slides down the building ways at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, Groton, CT., 14 December 1985. The nearly complete boomer in the background is the Tennessee (SSN-734). The other parts belong to the Pennsylvania (SSBN-735). Photo courtesy of Federation of Ameican Scientisits / Electric Boat. Text and photo I.D. courtesy of David Johnston (USNR).
724100k The commissioning of the Louisville (SSN-724) at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics, Groton, CT., 8 November 1986.Photo courtesy of Electric Boat.
Ellis321kCapt Charles Eugene Ellis is a native of Texas. After receiving a draft notice, he enlisted in the Navy in November 1961. He later attended the University of Texas at Austin under the Naval Enlisted Scientific Education Program, graduating in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was commissioned after completing Officer Candidate School. Capt. Ellis served in a variety of submarine billets, including command of Skipjack (SS-585) [ 10 April 1985 – 11 July 1985], Louisville (SSN-724) [8 November 1986 – 24 April 1987] and L.Y. Spear (AS-36) [30 June 1989 - 2 March 1991]. His duty ashore included a tour on the staff of Submarine Group FIVE, during which he earned a Master of Science Degree from Chapman University and a tour as Commanding Officer of Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay, GA from which he retired in December 1992. Capt. Ellis was employed as Provost of a Distant Learning Center of Georgia Military College until October 1997. His decorations and awards include: Legion of Merit with 2 Stars, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Stars, Navy Commendation Medal with 2 Stars, Navy Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation with 2 Stars, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 3 Bronze Stars, National Defense Service Medal with 1 Star, Good Conduct Medal and Navy "E" Ribbon. Biography courtesy of the American Legion
USN photo # DN-SN-82-06068, courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Photo added 04/17/14.
Louisville108k The nuclear-powered attack submarine Louisville (SSN-724) during its commissioning, 8 November 1986. Official USN photo # DN-ST-87-01351, by PH2 C. Duvall, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
724128k Line handlers aboard the nuclear-powered attack submarine Louisville (SSN-724) stand at parade rest as a commercial tug pushes the submarine toward the pier. The Louisville is returning to San Diego following its deployment to the Persian Gulf region for Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, during which it became the first submarine to launch a Tomahawk land attack missile in a wartime situation. Official USN photo # DN-ST-91-09059, by PH1 Richard J. Oriez, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
72489k A view of a Louisville Slugger baseball bat commemorating the role of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Louisville (SSN-724) in the Persian Gulf war. Official USN photo # DN-ST-91-09055, by PH1 Richard J. Oriez, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Louisville351k A starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Louisville (SSN-724) passing under the Golden Gate Bridge while entering San Francisco Bay, 11 March 1992.USN photo DN-ST-92-07050 by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Geffrey L. England, courtesy of news.navy.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Louisville218kLouisville (SSN-724) in 1992 with the Kitty Hawk (CV-63) battle group in the Indian Ocean. USN photo courtesy of RM3ss David Lazerson.
724147kMembers of SEAL Team climb up a jacobs ladder onto the deck of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Louisville (SSN-724) as part of Operation Varsity Swimmer '93 off the coast of southern California. A second zodiac boat loaded with SEAL team members can be seen approaching the Louisville from out of the fog on 1 January 1993. Official USN photo # DN-ST-94-02185, by PH1 Charles W. Alley, USN, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Louisville485k Crew photo of the Louisville (SSN-724), pier side in San Diego in 1994. USN photo by Bob Shouse.
72486kFire Controlman First Class (FT1) Jeffery A. Girard closes the door on the number one torpedo tube while a first class torpedoman conducts an inventory of weapons on board the nuclear-powered attack submarine Louisville (SSN-724). A training torpedo is secured to the starboard bulkhead, 1 January 1995. Official USN photo # DN-SC-95-01754, by PH2 Cindy Harris, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
724188kFour sonar technicians are shown at their stations on the AN/BQQ-5D active-passive sonar system to detect, track and classify objects outside the nuclear-powered attack submarine Louisville (SSN-724) while at sea.Bob Shouse is the sonarman sitting on the second CDC from the left of the forward end of the shack.
The Louisville was assigned to Submarine Squadron Eleven (COMSUBRON 11) homeported at San Diego until 1995 when it changed homeports to Pearl Harbor HI.
Official USN photo # DN-SC-95-01755, by PH2 Cindy Harris, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. Text courtesy of Bob Shouse.
Louisville124kThe Louisville (SSN-724) left for a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific 10 September 2002. "A submarine is always preparing for its next six-month deployment," said Cmdr. Michael E. Jabaley, Louisville's commanding officer. "We have spent a lot of time training and had two major maintenance periods over the last six months. The crew is more than ready to take this magnificent ship to sea." USN photo courtesy of hnn.navy.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Louisville59k A linehandler waits pierside as the submarine Louisville (SSN-724) returns to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 13 May 2003 from a deployment spanning over eight months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and end the regime of Saddam Hussein. USN photo N-7833F-015 by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Adan Fabela III, from the Pacific Fleet Public Affairs.
Key West232k Line handlers make ready the gangway for the crew of aboard Louisville (SSN-724) to disembark, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 13 May 2003.USN photo N-7833F-023 by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Adan Fabela III, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Louisville85k Torpedoman's Mate 2nd Class Huri Moreno conducts a visual inspection of torpedo tube number one after conducting water slug launches earlier in the day, 14 January 2004 aboard Louisville (SSN-724).USN photo N-5539C-002 by Journalist 3rd Class Corwin M. Colbert., courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Louisville312k The crew assigned to the attack submarine Louisville (SSN-724) poses for a photo at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 26 January 2004, after receiving the Battle "E" award. The Battle "E" award recognizes sustained superior performance in all areas of combat readiness. As part of the competition, ships compete for command excellence in four combat areas: maritime warfare, engineering/survivability, command and control, and logistics management. To receive the nod for battle efficiency, a ship must excel in all four areas.USN photo by Journalist 3rd Class Corwin M. Colbert., courtesy of the Pacific Fleet Public Affairs
Louisville365kfast attack submarine Louisville (SSN-724) gets underway 21 June 2004 from Naval Submarine Base Point Loma, Calif., to conduct routine exercises.USN photo # N-7615S-182 by Photographer's Mate Airman Danielle M. Sosa, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Louisville354k Port side view of the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine Louisville (SSN-724) knifes through the water as she gets underway 21 June 2004 from Naval Submarine Base Point Loma, Calif., to conduct routine exercises.USN photo # N-7615S-174 by Photographer's Mate Airman Danielle M. Sosa, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Louisville395k Bows on view of the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine Louisville (SSN-724) as she gets underway 21 June 2004 from Naval Submarine Base Point Loma, Calif., to conduct routine exercises. Louisville was one of four submarines to launch Tomahawk missiles into Iraq during the opening phases of Operation Iraqi Freedom.USN photo # N-7615S-152 by Photographer's Mate Airman Danielle M. Sosa, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Louisville158k Lt.j.g. Scott Washburn gives a tour of the Los Angeles-class submarine Louisville (SSN-724) to 25 Punahou Elementary School third graders on board Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 14 February 2005. The children were shown berthing spaces, the ship's galley, the torpedo room and the control room. The children were also treated to chocolate chip cookies in the galley and were able to peek through the periscopes in the control room. USN photo # N-5539C-001 by Journalist 2nd Class Corwin Colbert, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Louisville406k The Los Angeles-class submarine Louisville (SSN-724) underway off the coast of southern California, 14 March 2005. Louisville is currently conducting a Joint Task Force Training Exercise (JTFEX) with Carrier Strike Group Eleven (CSG-11). USN photo # N-0413R-002 by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Shannon E. Renfroe, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Louisville406kFour F/A-18F Super Hornets fly over Nimitz (CVN-68) and her escorts, including the Los Angeles-class submarine Louisville (SSN-724), (left hand corner) while underway off the coast of southern California. Nimitz and Carrier Strike Group Eleven (CSG-11) are currently conducting a Joint Task Force Training Exercise (JTFEX). USN photo # N-0413R-004 by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Shannon E. Renfroe, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Louisville237k Cmdr. David Kirk, commanding officer Louisville (SSN-724), presented a ball cap and a Louisville Slugger baseball bat to the Honorable Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Campbell Newman, during a tour conducted onboard the nuclear-powered attack submarine, 20 June 2005. The crew visited the city of Brisbane, Australia, located in South East Queensland, during a recent port visit to the "land down under." The submarine, homeported in Pearl Harbor, is currently on a Western Pacific deployment in the Seventh Fleet area of operations USN photo by COMSUBPAC Public Affairs courtesy of csp.navy.mil.
Louisville190kCrew members aboard the Louisville (SSN-724) man the submarine's sail as they return to Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 16 November 2005. Louisville is returning from a regularly scheduled six-month deployment to the Western Pacific. While underway, Louisville participated in exercise Talisman Saber off the coast of Australia and Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Readiness and Evaluation Measurement (SHAREM) exercises with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force. USN photo # N-0879R-002 by Chief Journalist David Rush, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Louisville175k Sailors stationed aboard the Louisville (SSN-724) watch as the submarine pass the Arizona Memorial entering Pearl Harbor, 10 February 2006. USN photo # N-3019M-006 by Journalist 2nd Class Ryan C. McGinley, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Louisville178k The fast attack submarine Louisville (SSN-724) returns to her homeport after completing a scheduled two month deployment on 28 June 2006. The Tiger tug Kaimana Hila (one of two Hawaiian names for Diamond Head) helps her to dock. USN photo # N-4856G-005 by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Ben A. Gonzales, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Louisville73kLouisville (SSN-724) departing Pearl Harbor, date unknown.USN photo from the Pacific Fleet Public Affairs web site, courtesy of Fabio Peña.
Louisville252k The snow covered fast attack submarine Louisville (SSN-724) is moored to the pier at Submarine Base New London on 2 February 2007. USN photo # N-8467N-004 by John Narewski, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
724235kCommander John Sager is piped ashore having been relieved as Commanding Officer of Louisville (SSN-724) by Commander Lee Sisco during a change of command ceremony held at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, 8 Janurary 2010.Official USN photo # N-5212T-001, by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Josh Thompson & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Louisville254k Machinist Mate 2nd Class Allan Patrick uses a pneumatic needle gun to perform maintenance on the outer deck of the attack submarine Louisville (SSN-724) during a pre-deployment upkeep period on 27 January 2010. Louisville is one of the most advanced attack submarines in the fleet. USN photo # N-3560G-001 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ronald Gutridge,courtesy of news.navy.mil.
724624kThe commanding officer of the Louisville (SSN-724) Commander Lee P. Sisco sits on the bridge as the submarine transits out to sea on deployment on 24 July 2010. Official USN photo # N-5212T-001, by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Josh Thompson & submitted by Bill Gonyo.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Louisville (SSN-724) 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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