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Toledo (SSN-769)


Radio Call Sign: November - Tango - Oscar - Hotel

Los Angeles Class (Improved) Attack Submarine: Laid down, 6 May 1991, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.; Launched, 28 August 1993; Commissioned, USS Toledo (SSN-769), 24 February 1995. Toledo 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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Toledo23k Commemorative post mark on the occasion of Toledo's (SSN-769) commissioning ceremony, 24 February 1995 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Toledo99kCongressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, Representing Virginia's Third Congressional District speaking during the Christening ceremony of the Toledo (SSN-769) on 28 August 1993. Photo by Stu Gilman, courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA.
Toledo26k The Toledo's (SSN-769) sponsor, Mrs. William D. Smith, gives the boat her first taste of Champagne at the boat's Christening ceremony on 28 August 1993. Photo by Stu Gilman, courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA.
Toledo272kToledo (SSN-769) on sea trials off Newport News, VA., 6 November 1994. Photo by Chris Oxley, courtesy of General Dynamics Electric Boat.
Toledo311kA starboard bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Toledo (SSN-769) underway at high speed during the vessels sea trials off the Virginia Capes on 6 November 1994. Official USN photo # DN-ST-95-01648 by Chris Oxley, courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Toledo346kA port bow view of the nuclear-powered attack submarine Toledo (SSN-769) underway at high speed off the Virginia Capes. The ship is conducting a builder's acceptance trial. Official USN photo # DN-ST-95-01649 by Chris Oxley, courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil.
Toledo217k Personnel from the attack submarine Toledo (SSN-769) stand by to receive supplies on 27 March 2003 from the guided missile destroyer Donald Cook (DDG-75). The submarine was among the first boats to launch Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAM) in the liberation of Iraq. USN photo # N-6141B-008 by Chief Journalist Alan J. Baribeau, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Toledo362kPersonnel from the attack submarine Toledo (SSN-769) conducts surface operations alongside the guided missile destroyer Donald Cook (DDG-75) on 27 March 2003. USN photo # N-6141B-001 by Chief Journalist Alan J. Baribeau, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Toledo232k Toledo (SSN-769) surfaces to transfer personnel to a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) from the guided missile destroyer Roosevelt (DDG-80). USN photo # N-4374S-002 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Michael Sandberg, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Toledo212k Signalman 2nd Class David Juarez, Search and Rescue (SAR) swimmer assigned to the guided missile destroyer Roosevelt (DDG-80), travels en route to the attack submarine Toledo (SSN-769) to conduct a small boat transfer evolution using a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB). USN photo # N-4374S-001 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Michael Sandberg, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Toledo200kCrew members assigned to the attack submarine Toledo (SSN-769) stand watch looking for contacts after leaving port in the Kingdom of Bahrain on 31 August 2004. The crew used the port visit as a working port to perform a mid-deployment upkeep. Toledo is part of John F. Kennedy (CV-67) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) and is on a scheduled deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). USN photo # N-1348L-042 by Photographer's Mate 1st Class David C. Lloyd, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Toledo2198k A Bahraini harbor pilot is escorted onto his boat after assisting the crew of the attack submarine Toledo (SSN-769) through the shallow waters of Mina Sulman port after a 10-day port visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain. Harbor pilots are used by U.S. Naval vessels to aid in navigating in and out of unfamiliar bodies of water. The crew used the port visit as a working port to perform a mid-deployment upkeep. USN photo # N-1348L-030 by Photographer's Mate 1st Class David C. Lloyd, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Toledo258k Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Seth Buehnerkemper stands watch looking for contacts from the bridge of the attack submarine Toledo (SSN-769) as the Officer of the Deck (OOD), Lt.j.g. Daniel Cavanagh, uses a handheld global positioning system (GPS) in addition to the submarine's portable commercial radar display, shortly after getting underway from a 10-day port visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain on 31 August 2004. USN photo # N-1348L-046 by Photographer's Mate 1st Class David C. Lloyd, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Toledo260k Officer of the Deck (OOD), Lt.j.g. Daniel Cavanagh and Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Seth Buehnerkemper stand watch looking for contacts from the bridge of the attack submarine Toledo (SSN-769), as Electronics' Technician 3rd Class Alejandro Ramos removes a portable commercial radar display in preparation for a dive after getting underway from the Kingdom of Bahrain. The crew used the port visit as a working port to perform a mid-deployment upkeep. USN photo # N-1348L-048 by Photographer's Mate 1st Class David C. Lloyd, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Toledo222k Sonar Technicians aboard the attack submarine Toledo (SSN-769) monitor the acoustic rapid cots insertion (ARCI) screens during an underway watch in the Arabian Gulf, 1 September 2004. Underway sonar is the "eyes and ears" of the submarine and is responsible for tracking all surface ships and submarines, developing ranges and building contact solutions. Sonar also continuously monitors and tracks changes in the ocean's environment such as biologic activity, ambient noise levels and shipping levels. USN photo # N-1348L-002 by Photographer's Mate 1st Class David C. Lloyd, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Toledo271k Machinist's Mate Fireman Ricky Andes sits the helm station as he steers the attack submarine Toledo (SSN-769) through the shallow waters of the Arabian Gulf, as the Diving Officer of the Watch, Senior Chief Torpedoman Eric Mathley and the planesman, Electronics' Technician 3rd Class Michael Wheeler look on. The helmsman controls the bow planes and rudder and the planesman controls the submarine's angle. USN photo # N-1348L-005 by Photographer's Mate 1st Class David C. Lloyd, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Toledo242k Electronics' Technician 2nd Class Robert Denbigh, left, wears an anti-contamination suit as Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Daniel Roberts and Weapons Officer Lt. Chris Hover, prepare one of the boat's restroom facilities as a decontamination station during a nuclear spill drill aboard the attack submarine Toledo (SSN-769) on 1 September 2004. USN photo # N-1348L-070 by Photographer's Mate 1st Class David C. Lloyd, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Toledo127kPhoenix International personnel getting ready to inspect the underside of the Toledo (SSN-769) while the boat was anchored recently in Norfolk, VA. Courtesy of phnx-international.com, submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Toledo430k A SEAL delivery vehicle team (SDV) performs a fast-roping exercise from a MH-60S Seahawk helicopter to the topside ofattack submarine Toledo (SSN-769), 17 January 2005. SDV teams use "wet" submersible vehicles to conduct 100 percent long-range submerged missions, or to secretly deliver SEALs and other agents onto enemy territory from a submarine or other vessel at sea. USN photo # N-3541A-002 by Journalist 3rd Class Davis J. Anderson, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Toledo323k A SEAL delivery vehicle team (SDV) return to the attack submarine Toledo (SSN-769), 17 January 2005 after conducting training drills with Sailors assigned the boat. USN photo # N-3541A-006 by Journalist 3rd Class Davis J. Anderson, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Toledo13k Commemorative post mark on the occasion of Toledo's (SSN-769) 10th anniversary on 24 February 2005. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Toledo192k The Toledo (SSN-769) sits pierside at Northrop Grumman's Newport News shipyard. The submarine arrived 1 December 2006 for maintenance and modernization work. Photo by John Whalen, courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA.
Toledo268kCmdr. Howard Goldman salutes the national ensign as he departs the attack submarine Toledo (SSN-769) following a change of command ceremony 5 March 2008 at Norfolk. Cmdr. Douglas Reckamp relieved Goldman as commanding officer of Toledo. USN photo # N-7705S-145 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st class Todd A. Schaffer, courtesy of news.navy.mil. via Ron Reeves, HTC, USNR (ret.)
Toledo194kNorthrop Grumman Corporation has successfully redelivered the submarine Toledo (SSN-769) to the U.S. Navy on 24 February 2009. The redelivery took place 21 February following successful sea trials. Photo # 189-5930 courtesy of the Northrop Grumman Corporation via Bill Gonyo.
Toledo752k The attack submarine Toledo (SSN-769) prepares to get underway from the Magnetic Silencing Facility after completing a four-day electromagnetic trial period at the Trident Refit Facility at Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. on 5 February 2010. USN photo # N-4397B-002 by Stacey Byington, courtesy of news.navy.mil.

There is no DANFS History currently available for Toledo (SSN-769) 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
You Tube /USS Toledo

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