USS CONNECTICUT
SSN 22
  
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The Connecticut (SSN 22) is named for the 5th State of the Union. Four previous U.S. Navy ships have been named Connecticut. She was christened on September 1, 1997, at General Dynamics Electric Boat Division in Groton, CT. Mrs. Patricia L. Rowland, wife of the Governor of Connecticut John G. Rowland, served as sponsor of the ship. Capt. Larry H. Davis is the prospective commanding officer.

December 11, 1998 USS Connecticut ws commissioned during a ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn.

January 15, 1999 Cmdr. Frederick J. Roegge relieved Capt. Larry H. Davis as CO of the SSN 22 during a change-of-command ceremony at NSB New London's Shepherd of the Sea chapel.

February 7, USS Connecticut returned to homeport after conducting Technical Availability at the Electric Boat shipyard in Groton for work on the Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG) and Towed Array Handling Systems; Underway for sea trials and Weapons System Accuracy Testing (WSAT) from Feb. 14-21; Underway for WSAT at the Atlantic Underwater Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) at Andros Island in the Bahamas from March 1-15; Underway for an ASW exercise and to test a temporary repair to the EDG from March 29-31.

June 10, The Connecticut departed Groton for a shakedown cruise. Underway for Operational Reactor Safeguards Examination (ORSE) preparation from July 7-12; Underway for ORSE on July 13; Brief visit to Naval Station Norfolk on July 15 to debark the ORSE Board and to pick up Midshipmen for a summer training.

April 27, 2003 SSN 22 is currently in the North Pole region participating in Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2003.

March 31, 2004 USS Connecticut, commanded by Cmdr. Philip G. McLaughlin, departed Naval Submarine Base New London for a scheduled deployment, with the USS Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group, in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

September 2, The Connecticut returned to homeport after a five-month deployment to the U.S. Central Command's operations area. She was the first Atlantic Coast submarine to deploy as part of the Navy's ESG concept. As an integral part of the Wasp ESG, she provided never before seen connectivity between a carrier strike group/expeditionary strike group and its submarine. It is also the first Seawolf-class sub to successfully moor outboard of a surface ship while forward deployed, and she made a first submarine port visit to Seychelles.

July 25, 2007 USS Connecticut departed Groton for around-the-world-cruise to its new homeport of Bremerton, Wash.

October 29, SSN 22 recently pulled to Subic Bay, Philippines, for a brief port call.

November 21, USS Connecticut, commanded by Cmdr. Daniel G. Christofferson, arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea, for a scheduled port visit. The Seawolf-class attack submarine completed ANNUALEX 19G exercise on Nov. 16 in the Philippine Sea.

January 29, 2008 USS Connecticut arrived at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton after a six-month deployment.

September 10, 2009 USS Connecticut, commanded by Cmdr. Michael S. Varney, departed home for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

November 15, SSN 22 is currently participating in Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 21G in the Philippine Sea.

January 5, 2010 The Connecticut recently pulled to Subic Bay, Philippines, for a port call.

February 16, The Seawolf-class attack submarine arrived in Yokosuka, Japan, for a routine port visit.

March 10, USS Connecticut returned to Bremerton after a six-month underway period.

March 20, 2011 SSN 22 is currently participating in Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2011, about 160 miles from the north coast of Alaska, near Prudhoe Bay.

April 27, The Connecticut returned home after a two-month underway period.

June 6, Capt. Brian T. Howes, Commander, Submarine Development Squadron 5, relieved Cmdr. Michael S. Varney "due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command." He was fired as a result of an investigation into the mishandling of classified information. Capt. Benjamin Pearson, deputy commander, SUBDEVRON 5, assumed temporary command of the USS Connecticut.

November 30, USS Connecticut departed homeport for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

January 30, 2012 SSN 22 recently pulled into Changi Naval Base for a port visit to Singapore.

March 9, The Connecticut pulled into Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a 10-day port call.

April 12, USS Connecticut returned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton after four-and-a-half month underway period.

July ?, USS Connecticut entered the Dry Dock #2 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS&IMF) for a three-year Depot Modernization Period (DPM).

September 5, 2014 Cmdr. Brian C. Taddiken relieved Cmdr. Ian L. Johnson as CO of the Connecticut during a change-of-command ceremony at the Naval Undersea Warfare Museum in Keyport, Wash.