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Tucson (SSN-770)


Los Angeles Class (Improved) Attack Submarine: Laid down, 15 August 1991, at Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA.; Launched, 19 March 1994; Commissioned, USS Tucson (SSN-770), 18 August 1995; Tucson 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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Tucson120kSpectators and the notables at Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA. on 19 March 1994 at the Tucson's (SSN-770) launching. Photo by Mike Dillar & Jim Hemeon, courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA.
Tucson83kThe Tucson's (SSN-770) Sponsor, Ms. Diane C. Kent, wife of The Honorable Gerald A. Cann, former Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, launches her bottle of champagne at the Tucson during her launching on 19 March 1994.Photo by Mike Dillar & Jim Hemeon, courtesy of Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA.
Tucson219kA unique view at the Tucson's (SSN-770) launching. Photo courtesy of Dale Hargrave.
Tucson16kCommemorative postal cover marking the Tucson's (SSN-770) christening on 19 March 1994. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Tucson212kTucson (SSN-770) probably on sea trials off the coast of Newport News, VA, 6 May 1995.Photo by Chris Oxley, northropgrumman.com / media.primezone.com.
Tucson3.34kForty eight page Commissioning PDF for the Tucson (SSN-770) on 18 August 1995. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Tucson24kCommemorative postal cover marking the Tucson's (SSN-770) commissioning on 18 August 1995. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Tucson38k A departing SEAL team in the Persian Gulf during Tucson's (SSN-770) first deployment, April 1998.USN photo courtesy of Federation of American Scientists / ET1(SS) Robert Schumacher Plankowner USS TUCSON (SSN-770).
Tucson196k The attack submarine Tucson (SSN-770) currently deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch, 9 April 1998. USN photo # N-3149V-001 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jeffrey S. Viano, courtesy of US Navy Chinfo Photo Gallery
Tucson128k Sailors aboard the attack submarine Tucson (SSN-770) get some fresh air on the surface. USN photo # N-3149V-004 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jeffrey S. Viano, courtesy of US Navy Chinfo Photo Gallery
Tucson214k Machinist Mate Fireman Brian Zitt checks a torpedo tube door aboard the Tucson (SSN-770) while the boat deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch, 19 May 1998. USN photo # N-3149V-001 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jeffrey S. Viano, courtesy of US Navy Chinfo Photo Gallery
Tucson1.10kTwelve page Welcome Aboard PDF for the Tucson (SSN-770) circa 1998. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Tucson329k Electronic Technician 3rd Class Christopher Bruce "drives" the Tucson (SSN-770). USN photo # N-3149V-002 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jeffrey S. Viano, courtesy of US Navy Chinfo Photo Gallery
Tucson282k Machinist Mate 2nd Class Richard Powell checks torpedo alignment during a weapons exercise aboard the Tucson (SSN-770). USN photo # N-3149V-005 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jeffrey S. Viano, courtesy of US Navy Chinfo Photo Gallery
Tucson264k Electronics Technician Seaman Dennis Standish (left) and Lt. jg Jeremy Shook search for surface ships with periscopes aboard Tucson (SSN-770). USN photo # N-3149V-011 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jeffrey S. Viano, courtesy of US Navy Chinfo Photo Gallery
Tucson321k Commanding Officer Lt. Cdr. Miller (left) joins his lookout crew on the bridge aboard the Tucson (SSN-770). USN photo # N-3149V-020 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jeffrey S. Viano, courtesy of US Navy Chinfo Photo Gallery
Tucson480k Reuben James (FFG-57) top and Tucson (SSN-770) break formation during a photo-x during Exercise Teamwork South '99 while off the coast of Chile on 30 June 1999. USN photo # N-5862D-004, by PH2 Gabriel Wilson, courtesy of cpf.navy.mil., submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Tucson91kUS Navy Torpedoman First Class James Johnson prepares to arm a pyrotechnic smoke for use in the 3 inch launcher aboard Tucson (SSN-770) off the coast of Chile during Exercise Teamwork South '99 on 7 July 1999. USN photo # DN-SD-02-02161, by PH1 Chris Desmond, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. and submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Tucson110k US Navy Seaman Ted Fanning opens the coffin locker on his bunk which lies beneath a torpedo aboard Tucson (SSN-770). USN photo # DN-SD-02-02150, by PH1 Chris Desmond, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. and submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Tucson99kChilean officers embarked aboard Tucson (SSN-770) play a game of "Uckers" with Commanding Officer, US Navy Commander Dennis Murphy (3rd from left) and Executive Officer, US Navy Lieutenant Commander James Pitts (right) in the wardroom after dinner during Exercise Teamwork South '99 off the coast of Chile. USN photo # DN-SD-02-02151, by PH1 Chris Desmond, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. and submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Tucson168kThe Tucson (SSN-770) as she passes by a Chilean Navy Memorial Buoy "Esmeralda" while off the port city of Iquique, Chile during Exercise Teamwork South '99. USN photo # DN-SD-02-02106, by PH1 Chris Desmond, from the Department of Defense Still Media Collection, courtesy of dodmedia.osd.mil. and submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Tucson31kCommemorative postal cover, photo inset and patch of the Tucson (SSN-770), marking Flag Day, 14 June 2000. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Tucson491k Off the coast of Hawaii on 20 June 2000, the Abraham Lincoln Battle Group steams alongside one another for a Battle Group Photo during RIMPAC 2000. Ships involved are Tucson (SSN-770) & Cheyenne (SSN-773), Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), Shiloh (CG-67), Bunker Hill (CG-52), Fletcher (DD-992), Paul Hamilton (DDG-60), Cromlin (FFG-37) and Camden (AOE-2). USN photo by PH2 Gabriel Wilson, courtesy of cpf.navy.mil., submitted by Bill Gonyo.
Tucson78kTucson (SSN-770) sailors stand watch on the sail of the fast attack submarine as the ship navigates on the surface in the Arabian Gulf, 12 November 2000. Photo by PH1 David J. Weideman USN, USN photo # N-2147W-028, courtesy of US Navy Chinfo Photo Gallery
Tucson305k Tucson (SSN-770) underway in support of "Exercise Arabian Shark 2000." Tucsonis operating in the north Arabian Gulf in support of U.N. resolutions, 12 November 2000. USN photo # N-2147W-017 by Photographer's Mate 1st Class David J. Weideman, courtesy of US Navy Chinfo Photo Gallery
Tucson222kDennis Murphy (center), Commanding Officer of submarine Tucson (SSN-770) and his crew give a tour of their boat to The Honorable Masataka Suzuki, former State Secretary for Defense, Japan Defense Agency (seated, center) and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force Chief of Staff Admiral Kosei Fujita (far right) as they cruise through the waters of Japan during a recent deployment out of Command Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, 14 December 2000. USN photo # N-1485H-014 by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Lamel J. Hinton, courtesy of US Navy Chinfo Photo Gallery
Tucson305kThe crew of the fast attack submarine Tucson (SSN-770) stand bridge watch as the sub pulls into Tokyo Bay, Japan, 15 December 2000. USN photo # N-1485H-010 by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Lamel J. Hinton, courtesy of US Navy Chinfo Photo Gallery
Tucson224kSenior Chief Fire Controlman Robert Kumnick of Meridian, CT and Fireman Joseph Bougie of Tucson, AZ rig a ladder on the forward weapons hatch aboard the fast attack submarine Tucson (SSN-770) as the sub pulls into Tokyo Bay, Japan, 15 December 2000. USN photo # N-1485H-003 by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Lamel J. Hinton, courtesy of US Navy Chinfo Photo Gallery
Tucson175kSeaman Michael Bass of Coral Springs, FL opens the capstan aboard the fast attack submarine Tucson (SSN-770) as the sub pulls into Tokyo Bay, Japan. USN photo # N-1485H-006 by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Lamel J. Hinton, courtesy of US Navy Chinfo Photo Gallery
Tucson273kThe crew of the fast attack submarine Tucson (SSN-770) sit down for chow on the mess decks. USN photo # N-1485H-013 by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Lamel J. Hinton, courtesy of US Navy Chinfo Photo Gallery
Tucson283kWhen the University of Arizona Wildcats met the defending national champion Michigan State Spartans in the first of two semi-final games of the NCAA's Final Four in March, 2001, Tucson, Ariz., mayor Bob Walkup and his wife, Beth, were watching from their home away from home. They were in the midst of the city's namesake attack submarine: the Tucson (SSN-770). Enjoying the game with the submarine's duty section in the crew's mess, the fans rooted for the 'home' team. USN photo by JO2 Cori Rhea, courtesy of ComSubPac.
Tucson1.26kTwenty page Change of Command PDF for the Tucson (SSN-770) on 30 March 2001. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen & ussnewyork.com.
Tucson23kCommemorative postal cover of the Tucson's (SSN-770) participation in Operation Enduring Freedom, 16 January 2002.Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Tucson333k The fast attack submarine Tucson (SSN-770) transits past the mouth of Apra Harbor, Guam, 21 May 2002. Tucson has retractable bow planes to give the vessel increased maneuverability. Its stealth design, endurance, and mobility allow Tucson the ability to operate in oceans worldwide. Tucson is homeported in Pearl Harbor, HI.USN photo # N-9885M-002, by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Alan D. Monyelle, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Tucson129k Tucson (SSN-770) returned from a six-month Western Pacific deployment on 19 November 2004. Photo by Journalist 2nd Class Corwin Colbert, USN photo courtesy of US Navy Chinfo Photo Gallery
Tucson383kMachinist Mate 2nd Class Travis Massie, left, assigned to the Los Angeles-class attack submarine Tucson (SSN-770), received his submarine warfare pin in 30 days, a record aboard the boat. Petty Officer Massie received his "Dolphins" while underway during a ceremony on 10 March 2005. Typically it takes about nine months for most Sailors to receive their pin. Massie attributed his rapid qualification to working aboard 637-class training submarines in Charleston, S.C., before reporting aboard Tucson. USN photo # N-5539C-001 by Journalist 2nd Class Corwin Colbert, courtesy of US Navy Chinfo Photo Gallery
Tucson298kCapt. Dennis Murphy relinquished command of Submarine Squadron Seven to Capt. Barry Bruner during a change of command ceremony held aboard Tucson (SSN-770) on 1 July 2005 at Pearl Harbor. USN photo by JO2 Corwin Colbert, courtesy of csp.navy.mil.
Tucson445kOn 15 July more than 275 Tucsonans traveled to San Diego by plane, car and charter bus to tour the nuclear-powered attack submarine and celebrate the 10th anniversary of Tucson (SSN-770) commissioning. They are pictured here watching a brief in the galley onboard Tucson. The galley is named "El Charro Down Under" after the Tucson restaurant. USN photo courtesy of csp.navy.mil.
Tucson34k Commemorative postal cover marking the Tucson's (SSN-770) 10th commissioning anniversary, 9 September 2005. Courtesy of Jack Treutle.
Tucson273k Sailors aboard the Tucson (SSN-770) make final preparations before getting underway from their homeport of Pearl Harbor to participate in a Combined Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of Southern California, 11 October 2005. For approximately three weeks, Tucson will conduct various Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) exercises as an asset of the Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) Carrier Strike Group. USN photo # N-0879R-001 by Chief Journalist David Rush, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Tucson393kA harbor pilot aboard the Navy tug Manistee (YTB-782) assists the nuclear-powered attack submarine Tucson (SSN-770) as it arrives at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, on 30 March 2006. Tucson departed on a six-month Western Pacific deployment from its homeport of Pearl Harbor. USN photo # N-4649C-016 by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Chantel M. Clayton, courtesy of news.navy.mil.
Tucson424k Crew members of the fast-attack submarine Tucson (SSN-770) gather topside as the submarine returns to Naval Station Pearl Harbor 15 December 2008 after a 23-month absence that included a major depot modernization period in Norfolk. USN photo # N-9486C-001 by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Luciano Marano, courtesy of csp.navy.mil. via Bill Gonyo.
Tucson132kCommander Gary Pinkerton assumed command of the Tucson (SSN-770) during a change of command ceremony at Naval Station Pearl Harbor on 27 February 2009.Photo courtesy of the Commander Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet via Bill Gonyo.
Tucson613kPOLARIS POINT, Guam 31 May 2012: Fast attack submarine Tucson (SSN-770) comes alongside submarine tender Emory S. Land (AS-39). Tucson, homeported in Pearl Harbor, HI, is on a Western Pacific deployment, while Land is on an extended deployment in Guam serving as the primary afloat maintenance activity in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. USN photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Elizabeth Fray courtesy of navy.news.mil.
Topeka 1.04kPolaris Point, Guam, 31 May 2012: The submarine tender Emory S. Land (AS-39) provides support services to the fast attack submarines Topeka (SSN-754), Tucson (SSN-770), Buffalo (SSN-715) and the Ohio-class guided-missile submarine Michigan (SSGN-727). Los Angeles-class fast attack submarines Chicago (SSN-721) and Columbus (SSN-762) are also moored in Apra harbor. Official USN photo # 120531-N-JS205-112, by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Samuel Souvannason courtesy of navy.mil.
Tucson964kThe attack submarine Tucson (SSN-770) moors at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam 7 March 2014 as it returns from a deployment to the western Pacific region. USN photo 140307-N-DB801-197 by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Khor, courtesy of navy.news.mil. via Robert M. Cieri.
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 Tucson (SSN-770) 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
Tucson Council of the Navy League
USS Tucson 770 Club
Tucson Base of the United States Submarine Veterans, Inc (USSVI)

Fleet Reserve Association

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

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