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Asheville (SSN-758)

Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Sierra - Hotel

Los Angeles Class (Improved) Attack Submarine: Laid down, 26 November 1984, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA.; Launched, 9 June 1987; Commissioned, USS Asheville (SSN-758), 28 September 1991. Asheville is assigned to the US Pacific Fleet and is homeported at Bremerton, WA.

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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Asheville1.26k18 page Christening of Asheville (SSN-758) PDF. USN photos courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
PDF added 05/06/16.
Asheville147kThe christening of the Asheville (SSN-758) by Mrs. Jesse Helms, wife of the then senator from North Carolina. Newport News Shipbuilding photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
Photo added 05/06/16.
Asheville33kThe Los Angeles class fast attack submarine Asheville (SSN-758), during seatrials off Newport News, VA., June 1987.USN photo courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding.
Asheville186kAn aerial overhead port side view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Asheville (SSN-758), underway on sea trials off the Virginia Capes on 10 June 1991. Official USN photo # DN-ST-95-01639, by Mike Dillard, courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Asheville250k A starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Asheville (SSN-758) underway at high speed off the Virginia Capes during sea trials on 10 June 1991. Official USN photo # DN-ST-95-01638 by Chris Oxley, courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Asheville195k A bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Asheville (SSN-758) underway during pre-commissioning trials off the Virginia Capes on 10 June 1991. Official USN photo # DN-SN-92-03098 by Mike Dillard, courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Asheville250kCrew members stand at parade rest aboard the nuclear-powered attack submarine Asheville (SSN-758) as a speaker makes some remarks during the submarine's commissioning ceremony. The submarine tender Emory S. Land (AS-39) is in the background. Official USN photo # DN-ST-92-00945 by PH2 Rick Gilmore, courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Asheville290k Crew members stand at attention near the bow of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Asheville (SSN-758) during its commissioning ceremony on 28 September 1991. Official USN photo # DN-ST-92-00941 by JO1 Gregg L. Snaza, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Asheville573k Officers and enlisted men stand at parade rest aboard the nuclear-powered attack submarine Asheville (SSN-758) during its commissioning ceremony on 28 Sep 1991. Official USN photo # DN-ST-92-00943 by JO1 Gregg L. Snaza, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Asheville310k A chief petty officer looks into the number one attack periscope on board the nuclear-powered attack submarine Asheville (SSN-758) on 9 January 1995. The scope to the right is the spotting scope. The Asheville is assigned to Submarine Group Five based at San Diego. Official USN photo # DN-SC-95-01773 by PH2 Rick Gilmore, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Asheville301k A Mark 48 advanced capacity torpedo in a storage rack in the torpedo room of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Asheville (SSN-758) on 9 January 1995. Official USN photo # DN-SC-95-01775 by PH2 Rick Gilmore, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Asheville376kA view looking down through the crews berthing spaces on board the nuclear-powered attack submarine Asheville (SSN-758) on 9 January 1995. Official USN photo # DN-SC-95-01780 by PH2 Rick Gilmore, courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Asheville68k Galley crewmembers and some other sailors take a break in the crews mess on board the nuclear-powered attack submarine Asheville (SSN-758) on 9 January 1995. USN photo # DN-SC-95-01776, by PH2 Rick Gilmore, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Asheville138k Looking past the open breach door into the number two torpedo tube on board the nuclear-powered attack submarine Asheville (SSN-758) on 9 January 1995.Official USN photo # DN-SC-95-01774 by PH2 Rick Gilmore, courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Asheville82kRear Admiral Bruce Estes Grooms served in nearly every capacity aboard a variety of submarines including a tour as executive officer of Pasadena (SSN-752) where he twice deployed to the Persian Gulf. His command tours include service as commanding officer of Asheville (SSN-758) where he completed an extremely successful Western Pacific deployment. During his tour of the ship from 8 August 1997 to 15 October 1999 the crew received the Battle Efficiency "E"award, the Golden Anchor and Silver Anchor for the highest retention in the Submarine Force. Asheville twice earned the Engineering Excellence "E"award, won the Fleet Recreational Award for best quality of life programs, and twice won the Submarine Squadron 3 Commodore's Cup as the best all around submarine in non-battle efficiency related areas. The ship was the Arleigh Burke Award finalist for most improved in battle efficiency, and the Pacific Fleet NEY Memorial Award finalist.
Grooms subsequently served as Commander, Submarine Squadron 6 where he was responsible for operations and maintenance of five fast attack submarines and a floating dry-dock. Additionally, he provided local oversight for two Guided Missile Submarines (SSGN) undergoing refueling and conversion.
USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Asheville893k13 page Welcome Aboard Asheville (SSN-758) PDF, circa 2000. USN photos courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
PDF added 05/06/16.
Asheville115kCaptain Patrick Scanlon was the Commanding Officer of Asheville (SSN-758) from February 2002 to April 2005. The Asheville Team completed the first Depot Modernization Period at PSNS and was awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation for a deployment to the Western Pacific under his leadership. USN photo courtesy of Bill Gonyo.
Asheville274k An engineering officer on board the nuclear-powered attack submarine Asheville (SSN-758) goes over some paper work in his state room.Official USN photo # DN-SC-95-01779 by PH2 Rick Gilmore, courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Asheville192k Assisted by a tugboat, Asheville (SSN-758) pulls into her berth at Naval Submarine Base Point Loma, 15 July 2003, after completing post-overhaul sea trials. Asheville completed her homeport change to San Diego after a two-year overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. USN photo # N-6426C-001 by Journalist 2nd Class James E. Christopher, courtesy of news.navy.mil. Partial text courtesy of Jon Rains.
Asheville272k Crewmen aboard the Asheville (SSN-758) man the topside navigation watch as the submarine operates at high speed near San Diego, 29 July 2003. USN photo # N-5465P-003 by Journalist 2nd Class Thomas C. Peterson, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Asheville110kCrew members assigned to the Asheville (SSN-758), man the rails as family members and loved ones wait on the pier on board Naval Base Point Loma, Calif. USN photo # N-7949W-004, by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Daniel Woods, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Asheville783kThe Asheville (SSN-758) gets underway in preparation for conducting high-speed surface drills off the coast of Southern California, 15 February 2006. USN photo # N-9500T-343, by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Scott Taylor, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Asheville410kThe attack submarine Asheville (SSN-758) steams out in front of the of the Kitty Hawk (CV-63) carrier strike group and ships of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) during the U.S. and JMSDF exercise ANNUALEX on 14 November 2006. The exercise is designed to improve both forces' capabilities in the defense of Japan.
Approximately 8,500 U.S. Sailors are taking part aboard 13 ships, submarines and various shore-based aircraft. About 90 JMSDF ships and 130 aircraft are also participating. The aircraft, which operate from Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, are deployed aboard the Kitty Hawk. Kitty Hawk and most of the U.S.-participating ships operate from Fleet Activity Yokosuka, Japan; the remainders are based in the United States.
USN photo # N-8492C-067, by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Todd P. Cichonowicz, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Roncador 381k U.S. Navy Cmdr. Scott Swehla, the commanding officer of the Los Angeles class attack submarine Asheville (SSN-758), speaks during the ship's change of command ceremony at the Roncador (SS-301) on Naval Base Point Loma, Calif., 12 July 2007. Cmdr. Brodie Berkhout relieved Swehla as commanding officer during the ceremony. Official USN photo # N-0946B-004 by MC1 Kristina Brockman, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Asheville149kSailors aboard the nuclear-powered attack submarine Asheville (SSN-758) demonstrate how the fire party carries out fire-fighting procedures during a safety brief on 13 December 2007. Civilians were given the opportunity to get underway with Asheville for a daytime ride to observe how the boat functions. USN photo # N-1226D-196, by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Omar A. Dominquez, courtesy of news.navy.mil.& submitted by Bill Gonyo.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Asheville (SSN-758) at the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site, the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
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