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U.S.S. Augusta (SSN-710)
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Namesake: Augusta, Maine
Awarded: 10 December 1973
Builder: General Dynamics Corporation
Laid down: 1 April 1983
Launched: 21 January 1984
Acquired: 5 December 1984
Commissioned: 19 January 1985
Decommissioned: 11 February 2009
Homeport: Groton, Connecticut
Motto: Protecting The Frontier Since 1754 “Any Mission, Any Time”
Honors and awards: Arctic Service, Navy Expeditionary, Battle “E”, Navy Unit Commendation, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary, Global War On Terrorism Service, Sea Service
Fate: To be disposed of by submarine recycling
Class and type: Los Angeles class submarine
Displacement: 5,786 tons light, 6,927 tons full, 378 tons dead
Length: 110.3 m (361 feet 11 inches)
Beam: 10 m (32 feet 10 inches)
Draft: 9.7 m (31 feet 10 inches)
Propulsion: S6G nuclear reactor
Speed: Surfaced:20 knots (23 mph; 37 km/h), Submerged: 20+ knots (23 mph; 37 km/h)
Complement: 15 officers, 115 enlisted
Sensors and processing systems: BQQ-5 passive sonar, BQS-15 detecting and ranging sonar, WLR-8 fire control radar receiver, WLR-9 acoustic receiver for detection of active search sonar and acoustic homing torpedoes, BRD-7 radio direction finder
Armament: 4 - 21 inch (533 mm) bow tubes, 10 Mk48 ADCAP torpedo reloads, Tomahawk land attack missile block 3 SLCM range 1,700 nautical miles (3,100 km), Harpoon anti-surface ship missile range 70 nautical miles (130 km), mine laying Mk67 mobile Mk60 captor mines
Service record: Operations: Iraq War (2003)
The U.S.S. Augusta (SSN-710), a Los Angeles class submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for Augusta, Maine. The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut on 31 October 1973 and her keel was laid down on 1 April 1983. She was launched on 21 January 1984 sponsored by Mrs. Diana D. Cohen, and commissioned on 19 January 1985, with Commander Thomas W. Turner in command.
The Soviet Navy claims that on 3 October 1986, Augusta, commanded by James von Suskil, collided with the 667AU Nalim (Yankee-I) class ballistic missile submarine K-219, commanded by Igor Britanov, off the coast of Bermuda. The United States Navy states that K-219 was disabled by an internal explosion. On 20 October 1986, shortly after K-219 sank and Augusta had returned to patrol, she collided with something, and was forced to return to Groton for about US$3 million in repairs to her bow and sonar sphere. What she collided with is officially unknown. If not K-219, it is suggested that she had been trailing a Delta-I ballistic missile submarine, and, unknown to Augusta, being trailed in turn by a Victor class submarine. If abrupt maneuvers were made, Augusta could have collided with the Delta. Photographs exist of a Delta submarine with a large dent in its starboard bow, which the Soviet Navy identified as K-279. In the Russian version of the book, the Soviet submarine is identified as K-457.
Beginning in July 1987, shortly after that repair work completed, Augusta began service as trials boat for the BQG-5D Wide Aperture Array (WAA) passive sonar system and carrying the prototype BQQ-10 ARCI sonars, which incorporate off the shelf computer components, allowing easy introduction of modular upgrades.
In 2003, the U.S.S. Augusta was one of a handful of submarines participating in Tomahawk Strikes against Iraq in the opening of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The boat successfully launched missiles against all assigned missions leaving the theater with 100% completion.
The USS Augusta underwent extensive maintenance during 2006 to prepare for six month deployment in 2007, which began in March and completed in September. Augusta changed its homeport to Norfolk Naval Shipyard where it began decommissioning in January 2008. U.S.S. Augusta began decommissioning in January 2008, and completed the disassembly of her reactor on 24 November 2008.