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Montpelier (SSN-765)


Radio Call Sign: November - November - Hotel - Sierra

Los Angeles Class (Improved) Attack Submarine: Laid down, 19 March 1989, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.; Launched, 23 August 1991; Commissioned, USS Montpelier (SSN-765), 13 March 1993. Montpelier is assigned to the US Atlantic Fleet and is homeported at Norfolk, VA.

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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Montpelier49k The crowd gathered for the christening of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Montpelier (SSN-765), awaits the start of the ceremony on 6 April 1991.USN photo # DN-ST-92-03828 by PH1(SW) Jeff Elliott from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Montpelier35k Commemorative postal cover marking the christening of the Montpelier (SSN-765) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA., 6 April 1991. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Montpelier63kMontpelier (SSN-765) underway, probably off the Atlantic coast during her sea trials, 1991-92.USN photo courtesy of ComSubGruNine web site.
Montpelier411k Bow view of the Montpelier (SSN-765) off the Atlantic coast during her sea trials, 1991-92.USN photo # 189-2460 courtesy of northropgrumman.com / media.primezone.com.
Montpelier104k A local television news crew interviews one of the members of the pre-commissioning unit of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Montpelier (SSN-765). Members of the unit volunteered to help clean up the city after a flood on 1 March 1992.USN photo # DN-ST-92-08737, by JOC M. Shaw, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. & submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Montpelier47kMontpelier (SSN-765) stern view, underway, 15 November 1992.USN photo.
Montpelier60kMontpelier (SSN-765) leaving Gibraltar 23rd Dec 1996.Courtesy of Daniel Ferro.
Montpelier18k Commemorative postal cover marking the 10th anniversary of the commissioning of the Montpelier (SSN-765), 13 March 2003. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Montpelier122k Sailors aboard the fast-attack submarine Montpelier (SSN-765) prepare to moor at Naval Station Norfolk, 10 July 2003. Note the broom attached to the periscope shears, indicative of a "clean sweep".USN photo # N-0000C-003 courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Montpelier20k Commemorative postal cover marking the Bronze Star Metal ceremony and Montpelier's (SSN-765) participation in Red Sea Wolf Pack - Operation Iraqi Freedom, 3 December 2003. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Boise238kThree commanding officers of Norfolk-based submarines congratulate each other after being awarded Bronze Stars in a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk. 3 December 2003. From left to right, Boise (SSN-764) former Commanding Officer Cmdr. Jim Kuzma, Newport News (SSN-750) Commanding Officer Cmdr. Fred Capria, and Montpelier (SSN-765) Commanding Officer Cmdr. Bill Frarke received the awards for their roles in Operation Iraqi Freedom (O.I.F.). These three submarines were part of a naval force that conducted the largest-ever submarine-launched Tomahawk land-attack cruise missile strike during O.I.F. Official USN photo # N-2903K-001 by Journalist 2nd Class B.L. Keller, courtesy of news.navy.mil. Photo submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Montpelier40kCapt. Mark Davis, the Commander of the Montpelier (SSN-765) thanked representatives from the city of Portsmouth Thursday afternoon during a brief ceremony at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on 19 February 2007. Capt. Davis and his crew will be departing after a year in Kittery, now that the submarine has been overhauled. The plaque that was hung on the wall behind Capt. Davis, plaque on the far left, when they arrived was taken down during the ceremony. Photo by Steve Drozell / Staff photographer Foster's Daily Democrat, courtesy of fosters.com.
Montpelier361kThe Los Angeles class fast attack submarine Montpelier (SSN-765) returns to Naval Station Norfolk from a training deployment, 30 August 2005. USN photo # N-7441H-008 by by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Roadell Hickman, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Montpelier49k U.S. Naval Support Activity employees assist with mooring operations as the nuclear-powered submarine Montpelier (SSN-765) arrives pierside in Souda Harbor Crete 24 November 2007 for a routine port visit. Montpelier departed her homeport of Norfolk, Va., earlier this month for a scheduled six-month deployment as part of the Harry S. Truman Strike Group. The submarine will operate in the Central Command area of responsibility both independently and in coordination with the strike group. USN photo # N-0780F-003 by Mr. Paul Farley courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Montpelier306kA Sailor stands topside security watch, left, and another crew member shoulders a .45 caliber line-throwing gun aboard the fast-attack submarine Montpelier (SSN-765) upon arrival at the Marathi NATO Pier Facility in Souda Harbor for a brief port visit on 15 April 2009. USN photo # N-0780F-006 by Paul Farley, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Montpelier311kA civilian line handler catches a heaving line from the fast-attack submarine Montpelier (SSN-765) at the Marathi NATO Pier Facility in Souda Harbor. USN photo # N-0780F-005 by Paul Farley, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Montpelier406kCapt. David Kriete, commodore, Submarine Squadron 6, presents the Meritorious Service Medal to Cmdr. Christopher L. Harkins, commanding officer of the fast-attack submarine Montpelier (SSN-765) during a change of command ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk on 25 July 2008. Cmdr. Mark B. Benjamin relieved Harkins as commanding officer. USN photo # N-7668G-034 by Electrician's Mate 2nd class Xander Gamble.
Montpelier578kSailors aboard the attack submarine Montpelier (SSN-765) prepare deck rigging before receiving lines from a tugboat while en route to Naval Station Norfolk. Montpelier is returning from a scheduled six-month deployment on 25 November 2009. USN photo # N-7705S-042 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Todd A. Schaffer, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Montpelier292kSenior Chief Electronics Technician Rick Lamb, from Sumter, S.C., Chief Culinary Specialist David Hall, from Kingsland, Ga., and Chief Electronics Technician Tony Waters, from Gainesville, Ga., watch family members on the pier from the chief's mess of the Montpelier (SSN-765). The pier images were being broadcast from the boat's periscope camera through the closed circuit television system as Montpelier arrived in Norfolk after a six-month deployment on 25 November 2009. USN photo # N-7705S-079 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Todd A. Schaffer, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Montpelier264kSonar Technician 2nd Class Earl Patterson and Machinist's Mate Fireman Michael McCord tighten the locking straps on an exercise torpedo before transporting it to it's storage position aboard the attack submarine Montpelier (SSN-765). Montpelier is onloading exercise weapons in preparation for an upcoming tactical readiness evaluation. USN photo # N-7705S-053 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Todd A. Schaffer, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Montpelier1.01kNORFOLK, 2 February 2011: Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Kevin Caldwell, from Marysville, Ohio, reviews a health record in the medical office aboard the attack submarine Montpelier (SSN-765). Caldwell is an independent duty corpsman aboard the boat, and is responsible for the medical care of the entire crew. USN photo # N-UP035-021 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Todd A. Schaffer, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Photo added 08/05/14.
Montpelier1.08k ATLANTIC OCEAN 14 October 2012: The attack submarine Montpelier (SSN-765) operates under its own power. In the background is the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Gravely (DDG-107). USN photo # N-UP035-021 by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mike DiMestico, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Photo added 08/05/14.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Montpelier (SSN-765) 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
USS Montpelier Museum, City of Montpelier, VT.
Virtual Tour of USS Springfield (SSN 761) from PBS's Nova web site

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