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Topeka (SSN-754)


Los Angeles Class (Improved) Attack Submarine: Laid down, 13 May 1986, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp, Groton, CT.; Launched, 23 January 1988; Commissioned, USS Topeka (SSN-754), 21 October 1989. Topeka 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. Improved Performance Machinery Program Phase I [on 688 Improved].
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Topeka 57kThe Topeka (SSN-754) slides down the shipway following her launching at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp, Groton, CT., 23 January 1988. Photo courtesy of USNI.
Topeka 35kOfficers and distinguished guests salute the colors during the commissioning ceremony of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Topeka (SSN-754) on 21 October 1989. Official USN photo # DN-ST-90-01459, by PH3 Thomas E. Witham, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Topeka 97kCommander Timothy M. Reichert, commanding officer of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Topeka (SSN-754), escorts Secretary of Labor Elizabeth Dole, ship's sponsor, from the speakers platform following the vessel's commissioning ceremony. Official USN photo # DN-ST-90-01460, by PH3 Thomas E. Witham, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Topeka 392kAn empty speakers platform stands on the deck of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Topeka (SSN-754) following the vessel's commissioning ceremony. Official USN photo # DN-ST-90-01459, by PH3 Thomas E. Witham, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Topeka 73kAcrylic on canvas painting by the artist William H RaVell III entitled "Topeka (SSN-754)." It was presented to the US Navy at the commissioning of the submarine on 21 October 1989.
It is currently hanging in the boat's Ward Room.
Photo & text courtesy of subart.net.
Topeka 177k Accompanied by the torpedo retriever TR-5, left, and a commercial tug, the nuclear-cleared attack submarine Topeka (SSN-754) nears the Point Loma submarine base as it arrives at its new home port of Naval Station, San Diego, California. The Topeka was formerly based at Naval Submarine Base, Groton, Connecticut, 21 May 1991. Official USN photo # DN-ST-91-11754, by PH1 R.J. Oriez, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Topeka 351k The commercial tug Mister Randy moves the nuclear-cleared attack submarine Topeka (SSN-754) toward the pier at the Point Loma submarine base as the Topeka arrives at its new home. Official USN photo # DN-ST-91-11757, by PH1 R.J. Oriez, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Topeka 217k A 3rd class petty officer and a chief watch the readings at the diving plane station aboard the nuclear-powered attack submarine Topeka (SSN-754), 1 January 1992. Official USN photo # DN-ST-92-08400, by Jeff Hunter, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Topeka 261kA yard craft assists the nuclear-powered attack submarine Topeka (SSN-754) into position alongside the submarine tender Dixon (AS-37). The Topeka has arrived in port for a period of routine maintenance, 5 Nov 1992. Official USN photo # DN-ST-93-01000, by PHAN D. J. Matt, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Topeka 201kTopeka (SSN-754) in dry dock 1994, with most of the crew standing under her bow, holding the ships banner.
Commander at the time was D. A. Haines (front row far left side of photo, XO behind him), I was a sonar technician on board at the time (I am in the back row, center, with that stupid grin on my face, almost right in front of the Pit Sword).
USN photo by STS2(SS) Marshall Morgan.
Topeka 181kSea gulls enjoy a steel beach in this aerial overhead view of the Topeka (SSN-754) underway in the Pacific Ocean on 10 May 1995 off of San Diego. The Topeka homeport is Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. USN photo # DN-SC-04-09137 from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Topeka 56kTopeka (SSN-754), sailing in the Persian Gulf sunset, pre 1996. Photo courtesy of globalsecurity.org. Photo i.d. courtesy of STSCS(SS) Robert Carlin.
Topeka 64kPort side view of the Topeka (SSN-754), taken off of Nanoose Canada in April 1999. Photo by STS2(SS) George Shipman, courtesy csp.navy.mil. Photo i.d. courtesy of STSCS(SS) Robert Carlin.
Topeka 194kCaptain Mark D. Patton has had multiple fast attack submarine assignments, to include Atlanta (SSN-712), Hawkbill (SSN-666) as Engineer Officer and Jefferson City (SSN-759) as Executive Officer. Captain Patton commanded Topeka (SSN-754) from November 1998 to December 2000. Under his command, Topeka participated in 2000 and deployed to the Western Pacific, receiving the Meritorious Unit Citation for SEVENTH Fleet operations. While deployed, Topeka made a historic crossing of the equator and international dateline at midnight on the eve of new-year 2000. USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Topeka 934kNine page Welcome Aboard the Topeka (SSN-754) PDF, circa 1999. Photos courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Topeka 885kNineteen page PDF COC for Topeka (SSN-754), circa 2003. Photos courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com
Topeka 76kCaptain John J. Litherland commanded Topeka (SSN-754) from December 2000 through June 2003, leading her through a Western Pacific deployment, a 15-month Depot Modernization Period at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, and the post-overhaul operational recertification and change of homeport to San Diego, California. Captain Litherland then assumed command of the Pre-Commissioning Unit for Texas (SSN-775) in November 2003 and oversaw her construction, testing and initial sea trials, culminating in her commissioning in 2006. From November 2006 to November 2008 Captain Litherland served as Commanding Officer of Florida (SSGN-728) (GOLD), completing her post conversion Strike and Special Warfare certifications and conducting the maiden SSGN deployment to the Indian Ocean in support of the Global War on Terror.USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Topeka 110kMidshipman Second Class Kurt Fredland, from the U.S. Naval Academy, is being trained on the periscope as part of his summer cruise during RIMPAC leaving Pearl Harbor,HI., RIMPAC is the largest maritime exercise in the Asia-Pacific region, bringing together military forces from seven different nations. Official USN photo # N-1126V-020, by PH1 John Valente, courtesy news.navy.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Topeka 286k The maneuvering watch aboard the Topeka (SSN-754) prepares for mooring after being underway for three days off the coast of San Diego, Calif., 24 November 2004. Sailors aboard Topeka participated in Submarine Squadron Eleven's (COMSUBRON 11) Chef Exchange Program in which chef Paul Murphy from Humphrey's by the Bay, San Diego, spent three days aboard the submarine giving Culinary Specialists tips and techniques on how to improve the quality of food and service aboard Topeka. USN photo # N-8977L-002, by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Johansen Laurel, courtesy news.navy.mil.
Topeka 290k Port side view of the Topeka (SSN-754) & the maneuvering watch aboard the as she prepares for mooring after being underway for three days off the coast of San Diego, Calif., 24 November 2004. USN photo # N-8977L-001, by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Johansen Laurel, courtesy news.navy.mil.
Topeka 190k Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Scott R. Hantsch, of Binghampton, N.Y., loads a syringe filled with flu vaccine for a Sailor aboard the Topeka (SSN-754) at San Diego, Calif. 4 January 2005. Petty Officer Hantsch's achievements as Topeka's Independent Duty Corpsman have greatly contributed to the submarine, setting the standard for Pacific Fleet medical readiness. Topeka was recently awarded the Medical Blue "M" signifying the best submarine medical care in the Pacific Fleet. USN photo # N-8977L-003, by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Johansen Laurel, courtesy news.navy.mil.
Topeka 263kA young girl holds a sign welcoming the fast-attack submarine Topeka (SSN-754) returning after a six-month deployment in the western Pacific at Point Loma, Calif. 16 April 2008. USN photo # N-1226D-180 by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Omar A. Dominquez.
Topeka 263kThe attack submarine Topeka (SSN-754) departs San Diego harbor 23 June 2009 for a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. Topeka commanded by Cmdr. Marc Stern. Topeka was showcased in the recently released movie, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." USN photo # N-1126G-005 by Command Master Chief Charles Grandin.
Topeka 828kThe submarine Topeka (SSN-754) departs San Diego on 6 March 2012 for a scheduled six-month western Pacific deployment in support of the Chief of Naval Operations' Maritime Strategy, which includes maritime security, forward presence, sea control, and power projection. Official USN photo # 120306-N-HG315-002, by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Shannon Warner courtesy of navy.mil.
Topeka 1.06kBay of Bengal, 14 April 2012: Topeka (SSN-754) leads the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier Carl Vinson (CVN-70), Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser Bunker Hill (CG-52), Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer Halsey (DDG-97), and Bridge (T-AOE-10) in formation with Indian Navy ships during Exercise Malabar 2012. The ships are participating in the annual bi-lateral naval field training exercise with the Indian Navy to advance multinational maritime relationships and mutual security issues. Official USN photo # 120414-N-DR144-1091, by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans, courtesy of Ron Reeves via navy.mil.
Topeka 787kThe Topeka (SSN-754) prepares to come alongside the submarine tender Emory S. Land (AS 39), not pictured at Poloaris Point, Guam on 30 May 2012. USN photo # 120530-N-QY759-016 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David R. Krigbaum, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Photo added 03/12/17.
Topeka 1.04kPolaris Point, Guam, 31 May 2012: The submarine tender Emory S. Land (AS-39) provides support services to the fast attack submarines Topeka (SSN-754), Tucson (SSN-770), Buffalo (SSN-715) and the Ohio-class guided-missile submarine Michigan (SSGN-727). Los Angeles-class fast attack submarines Chicago (SSN-721) and Columbus (SSN-762) are also moored in Apra harbor. Official USN photo # 120531-N-JS205-112, by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Samuel Souvannason courtesy of navy.mil.
Topeka 1.27kPhilippine Sea, 17 December 2015: Sailors assigned to the Topeka (SSN-754) prepare to throw lines to tug boats as they are guided back into Naval Base Guam following a "tiger cruise" hosted for family and friends of the crew members. Topeka hosted the tiger cruise to give friends and families the opportunity to understand what their submariners do and why being forward-ready is so important to national security. Official USN photo # 151217-N-DA434-238, by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Alana Langdon courtesy of navy.mil.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Topeka (SSN-754) at the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site, the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
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