|USS Birmingham (SSN-695)|
|Awarded:||24 January 1972|
|Builder:||Newport News Shipbuilding|
|Laid down:||26 April 1975|
|Launched:||29 October 1977|
|Commissioned:||16 December 1978|
|Decommissioned:||22 December 1997|
|Fate:||To be disposed of by submarine recycling|
|Class & type:||Los Angeles class submarine|
5,789 tons light|
6,159 tons full
370 tons dead
|Length:||110.3 m (361 ft 11 in)|
|Beam:||10 m (32 ft 10 in)|
|Draft:||9.7 m (31 ft 10 in)|
|Propulsion:||S6G nuclear reactor, 2 turbines, 35,000 hp (26 MW), 1 auxiliary motor 325 hp (242 kW), 1 shaft|
15 knots (28 km/h) surfaced|
32 knots (59 km/h) submerged
|Test depth:||Greater than 400 ft (120 m)|
|Complement:||12 Officers; 98 Enlisted|
|Armament:||4 × 21 in (533 mm) bow tubes, Mk 48-AdCap torpedoes, SubRoc anti-submarine rockets and Tomahawk cruise missiles.|
USS Birmingham (SSN-695), a Los Angeles-class submarine, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for Birmingham, Alabama. The contract to build her was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia on 24 January 1972 and her keel was laid down on 26 April 1975. She was launched on 29 October 1977 sponsored by Mrs. Maryon Allen, and commissioned on 16 December 1978, with Commander Paul L. Callahan in command.
Birmingham was decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 22 December 1997. Ex-Birmingham is scheduled to enter the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program in Bremerton, Washington.
Footage taken during the commissioning trials for the USS Birmingham was used in the film The Hunt for Red October. The hull number (SSN-695) is easily readable on the submarine in the film. This denotes that the footage was taken during commissioning trials as the numbers are removed before active service.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to USS Birmingham (SSN-695).|
- Official Web Site of the USS Birmingham SSN 695
- Discussion Site run by Crew Members of the USS "Birmingham" SSN 695
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