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Santa Fe (SSN-763)


Radio Call Sign: November - Sierra - Foxtrot - Echo

Los Angeles Class (Improved) Attack Submarine: Laid down, 25 May 1991, at the Electric Boat Works Division of General Dynamics, Corp., Groton, CT.; Launched, 12 December 1992; Commissioned, USS Sante Fe (SSN-763), 8 January 1994. Santa Fe 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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Santa Fe4.34kLaunching of the Santa Fe (SSN-763) on 12 December 1992. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Santa Fe749kLaunching of the Santa Fe (SSN-763) on 12 December 1992.
Another EB product is under construction on the left.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Santa Fe23kSanta Fe (SSN-763), bow view underway, probably during her alpha sea trials off the Atlantic coast, 1993.Courtesy of tripod.com.
Santa Fe4.34kThirty eight page Commissioning PDF of the Santa Fe (SSN-763). USN photos courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Santa Fe715kFourteen page Welcome Aboard PDF of the Santa Fe (SSN-763). USN photos courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Santa Fe102k A port bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Santa Fe (SSN-763) tied up at the pier at Port Canaveral, Florida on 13 February 1994. The doors of the Mark 36 vertical launch system (VLS) for the Tomahawk missiles are in the open raised position.USN photo # DN-SC-95-01933 by OS2 John Bouvia, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Santa Fe67k The Los Angeles class attack submarine Santa Fe (SSN-763) underway, 1995, probably somewhere in the Pacific. USNI photo.
Santa Fe43kSanta Fe (SSN-763), a Pearl Harbor-based fast-attack submarine recently returned from a six month deployment to the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) in September 2001. Highlights from the deployment include port visits to Singapore, Hong Kong, Bahrain, Chinhae Republic of Korea, Diego Garcia, and Yokosuka and Sasebo Japan. Courtesy of SUBPAC Public Affairs, submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Santa Fe61kCmdr. Andrew M. Hale relieved Cmdr. L. David Marquet as commanding officer of the attack submarine Santa Fe (SSN-763) in a change of command ceremony held on the Pearl Harbor submarine base 19 November 2001. USN photo by JOC(SW/AW) David Rush & submitted by Bill Gonyo, courtesy of csp.navy.mil.
Santa Fe952kBusiness end of the Santa Fe (SSN-763). USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Santa Fe50kThe Santa Fe (SSN-763) prepares to leave Pearl Harbor on 12 September 2003. USN photo by JC2 Tim Walsh, courtesy of the Hawaiian News Online, submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Santa Fe73k Commemorative postal cover marking the 10th anniversary of the Santa Fe (SSN-763) commissioning, 8 January 2004. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Santa Fe301kThe Tyler Junior College Apache Belles Precision Dance and Drill Team of Tyler, Tx., performed during Santa Fe's (SSN-763) homecoming at Pearl Harbor on 5 March 2004. Santa Fe returned from a six-month deployment in the Western Pacific. USN photo by JO3 Corwin Colbert, courtesy of SUBPAC Public Affairs, submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Santa Fe238k Santa Fe (SSN-763) off of Hawaii. USN photo courtesy of STSCS(SS) Robert Carlin.
Santa Fe113k Rear Adm. Jeffrey B. Cassias, Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, presented the Navy Unit Commendation to the crew of Santa Fe (SSN-763) on 29 April 2005. On hand for the presentation was former commanding officer Cmdr. Andrew Hale (Left) and former Chief of the Boat CDMCM Jeffrey Vanblaracum (Right). USN photo by JOC(SW/AW) David Rush & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Santa Fe275kThe Los Angeles class attack submarine Santa Fe (SSN-763) and the guided missile destroyer Chaffey (DDG-90) participate in Exercise Malabar 2005, at Goa, India 29 September 2005. Exercise Malabar 2005, is a joint Indian American exercise designed to bolster relations between our two countries and enable the two countries to work together against a common threat. This year's exercise is the largest to date including two U.S. Destroyers, Nimitz and the submarine Santa Fe. The Indian Navy contributed a carrier, a submarine, a frigate and their New Delhi-class Destroyer.USN photo # N-6967M-006 by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Shane T. McCoy, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Santa Fe341k The Los Angeles class attack submarine Santa Fe (SSN-763) pulls in to Goa, India marking the half-way point of Exercise Malabar 2005. USN photo # N-6967M-014 by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Shane T. McCoy, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Santa Fe52k Commemorative postal cover marking the Santa Fe's (SSN-763) Arctic Transit to the North Pole, 16 July 2006. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Santa Fe356kFamily and friends gather to greet attack submarine Santa Fe (SSN-763) upon the submarine's return 5 April 2008 to Naval Station Pearl Harbor after spending more than a year at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine for a depot modernization period. USN photo # N-2218M-001 by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Luciano Marano courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Santa Fe278kFamily and friends watch as the attack submarine Santa Fe (SSN-763) departs Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific Ocean on 15 May 2009. USN photo # N-2218M-001 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Luciano Marano courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Santa Fe320kSUBIC BAY, Philippines, 2 August 2011: A pair of tug boats pull the fast attack submarine Santa Fe (SSN-763) away from the submarine tender Frank Cable (AS-40) after a port visit to Subic Bay, Philippines. USN photo # N-BE353-044 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ricardo Danan, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Santa Fe1.29k SANTA FE, N.M., 23 May 2013: Submariners from the fast attack submarine Santa Fe (SSN-763) shine the plaque on a monument dedicated to the light cruiser Santa Fe (CL-60) during a visit to their submarine's namesake city, Santa Fe, N.M. Sponsored by the New Mexico Council of the Navy League of the United States, Santa Fe crew members are learning more about their namesake community through outreach activities that include a service day, meetings with community leaders, participation in a special feast day at the San Ildefonso Pueblo and a Memorial Day event at the Santa Fe national cemetery. USN photo N-ZZ999-001 by Cmdr. Tim Poe, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Santa Fe751kPEARL HARBOR (8 July 2014) Crew members of the fast attack submarine Santa Fe (SSN-763) prepare to depart for the at-sea portion of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 . Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in Exercise RIMPAC from June 26 to August 1 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, (RIMPAC) provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. (RIMPAC) 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971. USN photo # N-DB801-089 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Steven Khor, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Santa Fe1.44kPACIFIC OCEAN (28 July 2016): Fast-attack submarine Cheyenne (SSN-773), Republic of Korea Chang Bogo-class submarine ROKS Lee Eokgi (SS 071), and fast-attack submarine's Tucson (SSN-770), and Santa Fe (SSN-763) transit in close formation as four of 40 ships and submarines representing 13 international partner nations during Rim of the Pacific 2016. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from 30 June to 4 August in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California.Combat Camera photo # 160728-N-SI773-2313 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ace Rheaume, courtesy of news.navy.mil. via Ron Reeves.
Photo added 08/06/16.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Santa Fe (SSN-763) 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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