USS PHILADELPHIA
SSN 690
  
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The Philadelphia (SSN 690) is the third Los Angeles-class nuclear powered attack submarine and the sixth ship of the United States Navy to be named for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut, on January 8, 1971, and her keel was laid down on August 12, 1972. She was christened and launched on October 19, 1974. Cmdr. Robert B. Osborne is the prospective commanding officer.

June 25, 1977 USS Philadelphia was commissioned during a ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London' Pier 31 in Groton, CT.

August 1?, 2000 Cmdr. Emil C. Casciano relieved Cmdr. Douglass T. Biesell as CO of the Philadelphia.

From August 24 through Sept. 8, USS Philadelphia was underway for local operations. Underway again in the Narragansett Bay Op. Area from Oct. 23- Nov. 15; Underway for DDS operations in the Puerto Rican OPAREA from Nov. 28- Dec. 19; Underway for local operations from January 11-25, 2001; Underway for DDS Certifications off Key West, Fla., and Tactical Readiness Evaluation (TRE) at the AUTEC range from March 8-27.

April 4, USS Philadelphia departed Groton, Conn., for a scheduled Mediterranean deployment. Inport Naval Station Rota, Spain, from April 24- May 1.

May 22, SSN 690 pulled into Toulon, France, for a six-day port call.

June 1, The Philadelphia moored outboard the USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) in La Maddalena, Corsica, for a two-week upkeep. Port visit to Dubrovnik, Croatia, from June 23-24.

June 30, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine arrived in Gibraltar, British overseas teritory, for a nine-day port call to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first USS Philadelphia visit to this port. Inport La Maddalena from July 24-30.

August 4, The Philadelphia moored in Aksaz Naval Base, Turkey, for a six-day visit to Marmaris. Inport La Maddalena, Italy, from Aug. 22-29; Port call to Rota, Spain, from Sept. 2-4.

October 5, USS Philadelphia returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.

From November 9-20, the Philadelphia was underway for local operations with the USS Annapolis (SSN 760). Underway for operations with USS Augusta (SSN 710) from Nov. 26-30.

From January 18 through Feb. 9, 2002, SSN 690 was underway for VIP cruises from Port Canaveral with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Torpedo exercise with the USS San Juan (SSN 751) at AUTEC range and TB-29A technical evaluation with USS Memphis (SSN 691) in the Canadian Op. Area; Underway to support Pre-overseas Movement Certification (POMCERT) for San Juan from Feb. 9-15; Underway for local operations from March 5-15.

April 9, USS Philadelphia entered the Medium Auxiliary Floating Drydock Resolute (AFDM 10) at Naval Station Norfolk for dual-media discharge. Returned home on May 23.

June 8, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine departed NSB New London for TRE workup with the USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 709) off Florida. Inport Port Canaveral from June 15-17; Returned home on July 3; Underway for local operations from July 30-31; Underway for TORPEX in the Boston OPAREA from Aug. 3-11; Underway in support of CNO spcial project on Aug. 13; Inport Halifax, Canada, from Aug. 20-23; Returned home on Aug. 31 after ORSE workup; Underway for Operational Reactor Safeguard Examination from Sept. 11-13.

September 27, The Philadelphia entered the floating dry-dock USS Shippingport (ARDM 4) at NSB New London for a four-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Departed dry-dock on Dec. 20; Underway for sea trials from Feb. 5-8, 2003; Underway on Feb. 11 to onload SEAL vechile delivery gear in Port Canaveral, Fla.

From March 11-24, SSN 690 was underway for TORPEX and POM workup. Underway for POMCER from May 28- June 4.

June 6, Cmdr. Steven M. Oxholm relieved Cmdr. Emil C. Casciano as commanding officer of the Philadelphia.

June 18, USS Philadelphia departed Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

July 11, The nuclear-powered submarine departed Naval Station Rota after a routine port call. Upkeep at La Maddalena, Italy, from July 15-21; DDS operations from July 29- Aug. 8; Inport La Maddalena from Aug. 14-24 and Sept. 17-29 for Fleet Maintenance Availability (FMAV) with USS Emory S. Land (AS 39); Operated in the central Mediterranean through Oct. 6; Transited Suez Canal on Oct. 16; Returned to Mediterranean Sea on Dec. 23; Inport La Maddalena from Dec. 28-31.

January 18, 2004 USS Philadelphia returned to Groton after a seven-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

February 27, SSN 690 departed homeport for routine training. Inport Port Canaveral from March 7-12; Returned home on March 15; Underway for Basic Submarine Assessment (BSA) from March 16-19; Underway for burial-at-sea from April 5-9; In dry dock Shippingport from June 10- July 15; Inport Port Canaveral from July 20-21 to embark Undersecretary of Defence for Policy for VIP cruise; Inport Port Canaveral from July 23-27; Returned home on Aug. 6; Underway for local operations from Sept. 15-17.

October 4, The Philadelphia departed NSB New London for Special Warfare training in the Jacksonville and Charleston Op. Areas. Inport Naval Station Mayport, Fla., from Oct. 15-20; Returned home on Oct. 26; Underway for ORSE from Nov. 14-16.

June 29, 2005 SSN 690 moored outboard the USS Emory S. Land in La Maddalena, Italy, for a five-day FMAV. USS Philadelphia recently departed for a scheduled deployment to the U.S. Central Command AoR.

September 5, The collision between USS Philadelphia and the Turkish-flagged M/V Yaso Aysen occurred at approximately 2:00 a.m. local time while the submarine was conducting surfaced operations as it transited to Bahrain for a scheduled port visit.

September 8, The Philadelphia recently pulled into Manama, Bahrain, for a two-week port call for damage assessment.

October 14, SSN 690 pulled into Naval Support Activity Souda Bay in Crete, Greece, for a routine port call.

October 22, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine moored outboard the USS Emory S. Land in La Maddalena for a six-day FMAV.

July 7, 2007 USS Philadelphia, commanded by Cmdr. Jeff Jablon, departed Groton for a scheduled deployment, as part of USS Enterprise Carrier Strike Group 12.

October 7, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine departed Manama, Bahrain, after a routine port call.

November 13, SSN 690 concluded a three-day anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise in the North Arabian Sea.

December 25, The Philadelphia recently pulled into Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for a routine port call.

January 24, 2008 USS Philadelphia returned to homeport after a successful six-month deployment. During the underway period the sub also visited Toulon, France; Rota, Spain and Aquaba, Jordan.

July 13, 2009 USS Philadelphia departed Naval Submarine Base New London for its final deployment before inactivation next summer.

January 15, 2010 SSN 690 pulled into Gibraltar for a scheduled port visit.

February 3, The Philadelphia returned to Groton, Conn., after a nearly seven-month underway period.

April 23, Cmdr. Dave Soldow relieved Cmdr. John Spencer as CO of the SSN 690 during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London.

June 25, USS Philadelphia held a decommissioning ceremony at Groton, Conn., after a 33 years of service.

July 9, USS Philadelphia departed NSB New London for the final time and will head to Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth to start its inactivation process.

August 19, SSN 690 is inactivated and placed in Reserve (Stand Down) status.

June 29, 2011 Norfolk Naval Shipyard formally relieved USS Philadelphia's last remaining Sailor, officially decommissioning the Los Angeles-class submarine. NNSY will perform several tests to ensure the ship will be ready for undocking in August. The equipment used to tow the ship will also be tested and when the equipment meets certification standards, the availability will be complete. The sub will be re-inspected in the late spring prior to being towed to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS&IMF) in June 2012 for eventual recycling.