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Springfield (SSN-761)

Radio Call Sign: November - Sierra - Papa - Romeo

Los Angeles Class (Improved) Attack Submarine: Laid down, 29 January 1990, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp, Groton, Ct.; Launched, 4 January 1992; Commissioned, USS Springfield (SSN-761), 9 January 1993. Springfield is assigned to the US Atlantic Fleet and is homeported at Groton, Ct.

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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Springfield29kLaunching program for the Springfield (SSN-761), 4 January 1992. USN photo courtesy of Robert M. Cieri.
Springfield312k Crew and bow view of the Springfield (SSN-761) at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp, Groton, Ct., at her launching 4 January 1992.Courtesy of Dusty Wilson (MMCSS Ret.)
Springfield257k CPO's & bow view of the Springfield (SSN-761) at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corp, Groton, Ct., at her launching 4 January 1992.Courtesy of Dusty Wilson (MMCSS Ret.)
Springfield50kView of Springfield (SSN-761), going down the ways at Groton, Ct., 4 January 1992.Photo from qmss.com,(QM1/SS Ewing) submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Springfield74kCommissioning PDF article containing 40 pictures of the Springfield (SSN-761), 9 January 1993.Courtesy of Dusty Wilson (MMCSS Ret.)
Springfield103k Springfield (SSN-761), in Ft. Lauderdale, 29 January 1993 breasting out for weapons cert.Courtesy of Dusty Wilson (MMCSS Ret.)
Springfield42k Springfield (SSN-761), dockside in Ft. Lauderdale, 29 January 1993.Courtesy of Dusty Wilson (MMCSS Ret.)
Springfield65k Springfield (SSN-761), dockside in Ft. Lauderdale, 29 January 1993.Courtesy of Dusty Wilson (MMCSS Ret.)
Springfield70k Springfield (SSN-761), emergency blow for "effect" off coast of Florida, 29 January 1993.Courtesy of Dusty Wilson (MMCSS Ret.)
Springfield204k Springfield (SSN-761), underway during Alpha sea trials, circa 1993-94.Courtesy of Dusty Wilson (MMCSS Ret.)
Springfield62k Springfield (SSN-761), underway on alpha trials off the U.S. Atlantic coast, circa 1993-94. Courtesy of tripod.com website.
Springfield70k Springfield (SSN-761), underway on alpha trials off the U.S. Atlantic coast, circa 1993-94.Courtesy of Dusty Wilson (MMCSS Ret.)
Springfield58kPiloting Party On The Springfield (SSN-761). This is a picture of me, QM1/SS Ewing, as Secondary Plotter: the Primary Plot does visual fixes, and the Secondary does radar, as well as a rotation of Loran, GPS, and inertial EPs (comparing information frequently with Primary).
The year is about 1993. From the left: ETC/SS Mooney, me, ET2/SS Mike Harrsch (partially hidden behind me), and the Navgigator, LT Jeffrey Long, holding the 27MC mike; he stands between the primary and secondary plots so that if we lose visuals, all he has to do is turn around.
You can see the Primary Plot's MK-19 plotting table in front of the Nav, and I am on my own Mk-19. This is a 688-class sub, the Springfield. Tight quarters! This is why I'm glad they prohibited smoking. The LORAN-C (a radionavigation unit) is the white box seen next to the Nav's head.
The reason I am Secondary plot, normally a more-junior position, is in order to give our QM2 time on the Primary: I don't need the experience, and the QMC won't give up the chance to look outside (he is shooting visual navaids using the periscope), so there I am. I enjoyed it: better than doing coffee runs (new construction: fully manned). That picture, for the record, is about 40 pounds ago.
Photo from qmss.com,(QM1/SS Ewing) submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Springfield161k Captain Daniel P. Forney commanded Springfield (SSN-761) from August of 2001 until February of 2004. Under his command the Springfield , deployed twice in support of the Global War on Terror, was awarded the Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy for most improved ship in the Atlantic Fleet in 2002, and earned the Battle Efficiency E. Captain Forney also commanded Newport News (SSN-750) in 2007. USN photo courtesy of Naval Nuclear Power Training Command via Bill Gonyo. Photo added 02/15/09.
Springfield219k US Navy, US Coast Guard and Armada Republica de Columbia (ARC) Navy ship underway sailing in formation in the Caribbean Sea, while participating in the multi-national exercise Unitas 44-03, on 22 February 2003. Unitas is the premier naval exercise conducted in the Americas designed to build lasting friendships while increasing the capability of US Naval forces to operate as a multinational coalition.
Pictured background-to-foreground are the Pijao (209 type 1200) class submarine, ARC Tayrona (SS-28), The Military Sealift Command (MSC) Victorious class Ocean Surveillance Ship, USNS Able (T-AGOS 20), The Los Angeles class attack submarine, Springfield (SSN-761), and the USCG Famous class Cutter Spencer (WMEC-905).
USN photo # DN-SD-05-00025 by PH 2 Chantel M. Chapman, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Springfield75k Adm. William J. Fallon, U.S. Fleet Forces Commander, talks with the crew of the Los Angeles-class submarine Springfield (SSN-761) at Groton Conn. on 5 December 2003. Adm. Fallon toured the fast-attack submarine after presenting the Arleigh Burke Award to Springfield's crew. The Arleigh Burke Award is named for one of the Navy's most celebrated officers. Adm. Burke served as a Destroyer Squadron Combat Commander during WWII and Chief of Naval Operations from 1955 to 1961. The award is given annually to the most improved Battle-Efficient Submarine, Ship, or Aircraft squadron from the Atlantic and Pacific Fleet. Her superior performance across the board during preparations for the execution of an arduous Mediterranean Sea/Indian Ocean deployment made the ship a vital contributor to the security of the United States. She was recognized by both the Sixth and Seventh Fleets for her consistently outstanding performance meeting every operational challenge with a high level of enthusiasm and impressive professionalism. Springfield, was selected to participate in a bilateral exercise with an allied submarine, was recognized by the Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) Battle Group for superb support during COMPUTEX, and had the highest rated quality assurance program of all Groton based submarines. USN photo # N-4281P-038, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Springfield66kOfficial Springfield (SSN-761) photo. The bald eagle photo was taken at the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis. The flag is actually a photo of the flag at Busch Stadium photographed at the 2005 season home opener. Designed by Randy Allen & submitted by Dusty Wilson (MMCSS Ret.)Text courtesy of springfieldbase.org.
Springfield62k Lt. j.g. Brian Blackburn (left) and Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jose Ramirez (right) assigned to Springfield (SSN-761) paints high chairs during a community relations (COMREL) project at the Hogar Divino Nino Orphanage in Panama on 1 March 2007.USN photo # N-2191H-005, by Lt. j.g. Andrew Haley, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Springfield204k U.S. Navy Chief Electrician's Mate Charles Moody, top right, looks on as Electronics Technician Seaman Recruit Steven Jones, bottom right, and Electronics Technician 3rd Class Matt Oliger feed lines to crew members of Springfield (SSN-761), 29 March 2007, at Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn. USN photo # N-8467N-002, by John Narewski, courtesy of news.navy.mil.& submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Springfield113k The Wronoski brothers tugs, John A & Paul H. help nudge the Springfield (SSN-761) as she returns to Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut, after completing a six-month deployment on 29 March 2007.USN photo # N-8467N-001, by John Narewski, courtesy of news.navy.mil.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Springfield (SSN-761) at the Haze Gray & Underway Web Site, the main archive for the DANFS Online Project.
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
Fleet Reserve Association

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
SSN-688 Los Angeles-class
Virtual Tour of USS Springfield (SSN 761) from PBS's Nova web site

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