|USS Topeka (SSN-754)|
|Namesake:||The City of Topeka, Kansas|
|Awarded:||28 November 1983|
|Builder:||General Dynamics Electric Boat|
|Laid down:||13 May 1986|
|Launched:||23 January 1988|
|Sponsored by:||Elizabeth Dole|
|Commissioned:||21 October 1989|
|Homeport:||Portsmouth Naval Shipyard|
|Motto:||Defender of the Heartland|
|Fate:||in active service, as of 2020[update]|
|Class & type:||Los Angeles-class submarine|
5,726 long tons (5,818 t) light|
6,131 long tons (6,229 t) full
405 long tons (411 t) dead
|Length:||110.3 m (361 ft 11 in)|
|Beam:||10 m (32 ft 10 in)|
|Draft:||9.4 m (30 ft 10 in)|
|Propulsion:||S6G nuclear reactor|
|Test depth:||400 m (1,312 ft)|
|Complement:||12 officers, 98 men|
• 4 × 21 in (533 mm) bow tubes|
• 12 × vertical launch Tomahawk missiles
USS Topeka (SSN-754), a Los Angeles-class submarine, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for Topeka, Kansas. The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut on 28 November 1983 and her keel was laid down on 13 May 1986. She was launched on 23 January 1988 sponsored by Elizabeth Dole and commissioned on 21 October 1989, with Commander Timothy Reichert in command.
The Topeka and USS Albany form a unique sub-class among Los Angeles class submarines. The pressure hulls of both ships were partially manufactured using stronger HY-100, instead of the HY-80 steel used in the manufacturing of all other Los Angeles class submarines. This was done to test construction methods using this steel, which would later be employed in the assembly of the new Seawolf-class submarines. In theory, this permits the Albany and Topeka to dive to a slightly greater depth than any other member of the Los Angeles class, though it remains unclear if this ability has ever been tested by either vessel.
History[edit | edit source]
In 1993 the mini series Submarines: Sharks of Steel used the Topeka to produce segments of their program. During New Year's Eve 2000 the USS Topeka straddled the international dateline, thus was famously "in two millenniums at once".
In December 2012, the submarine began an overhaul at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard which is scheduled to last around 20 months. Earlier that same year the submarine completed a six month long deployment in the Western Pacific, covering around 35,000 nautical miles.
Awards[edit | edit source]
COMSUBRON 11 Battle "E" - 1993/1995 In August 2004, Topeka returned to San Diego after six months of operations with the Seventh Fleet, including three missions significant to national security that earned the boat the Navy Expeditionary Medal and Navy Unit Commendation Medal. The ship and crew earned the Battle Efficiency "E" Award for 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009.
Popular Culture[edit | edit source]
In the 2009 live-action movie Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, USS Topeka was part of a Carrier Battle Group stationed permanently in the Laurentian Abyss to guard the dumping site of Megatron. When several Decepticons arrived and dived to reach Megatron, the submarine spotted them and set off in pursuit, but was subsequently attacked and sunk. USS Topeka is also featured in TV series 24 in season 5 when terrorists intend to use her weapons against civilians in Los Angeles, and as the "lost" submarine in the series "Surfaced"
References[edit | edit source]
- Miller, David (2002). The Illustrated Directory of Submarines of the World. Motor Books International. ISBN 0-7603-1345-8.
- "Elizabeth Dole refers to sponsoring USS Topeka in a speech."
- "The Illustrated Directory of Submarines of the World" 2002, p. 377.
- "U.S. NAVY SUBMARINE STRADDLES HISTORY"
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