USS JACKSONVILLE
SSN 699
  
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The Jacksonville (SSN 699) is the 12th Los Angeles-class attack submarine and the first ship in the U.S. Navy to bear the name of the city in northern Florida. The contract to build the Jacksonville was awarded on January 24, 1972, her keel was laid down on February 21, 1976; Christened and launched on November 18, 1978; Mrs. Dorothy F. Benneth, the wife of Honorable Charles E. Bennett, served as sponsor of the ship; Capt. Robert B. Wilkinson is the prospective commanding officer.

From January 25-26, 1981, the Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Jacksonville was underway for the first time to conduct Alpha "A" trials. Underway for Bravo trials from Feb. 2-13; Underway for Charlie trials from March 2-5; Delivered to the U.S. Navy on April 1.

May 16, USS Jacksonville was commissioned during a ceremony at Naval submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn.

May 30, Cmdr. Dennis G. Feuerbacher relieved Capt. Robert B. Wilkinson as CO of the SSN 699 during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk.

In June, the Jacksonville departed Norfolk for a Shakedown Cruise in the Puerto Rican Op. Area. Port visit to Naval Station Mayport, Fla.

July 7, USS Jacksonville entered the Newport News Shipyard for a five-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). Underway for sea trials from Dec. 19-21.

January 15, 1982 The Jacksonville departed homeport for a five-week underway to conduct weapons certification testing at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) range off Andros Island, Bahamas, and sound trials at Exuma Sound. Port calls to Naval Station Rosevelt Roads, P.R.; St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Port Everglades, Fla.

March 22, While proceeding on the surface out of Naval Station Norfolk, USS Jacksonville colided with Turkish merchant vessel "General Z. Dogan". The submarine returned to homeport immediately.

March 23, Cmdr. Dennis G. Feuerbacher was relieved as CO of the Jacksonville. Cmdr. G. Michael Hewitt assumed temporary command of the ship.

March 26, SSN 699 entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., for emergent repairs. Underway for sea trials on April 27; Underway for Pre-Overseas Movement (POM) workups from May 3-21.

May 28, Cmdr. Ricky K. Morris relieved Cmdr. Hewitt as CO of the Jacksonville. Underway for POM Certification in early June.

June 15, USS Jacksonville departed Norfolk for its maiden Indian Ocean deployment. Transited Cape of Good Hope on July 1.

From July 22-26, the Jacksonville participated in exercises with the USS Forrestal (CV 59) Battle Group off the coast of Masirah, Oman. Brief stop at Diego Garcia on Aug. 4; On station at Bal el Mandeb Strait from Aug. 9-15; On station north of Socotra Island from Aug. 17-23; Conducted Operational Reactor Safeguards Examination (ORSE) from Aug. 28-30.

August 30, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine moored outboard the USS Sierra (AD 18) at Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Teritory, for a 24-day Fleet Maintenance Availability (FMAV). Conducted ASW-AIROPS operations with the USS Ranger (CV 61) BG, off the coast of Oman, from Sept. 25- Oct. 10; Operations north of Socotra Island from Oct. 10-16; On station in the vicinity of Mahe Island, Seychelles, from Oct. 18-24; On station in the vicinity of Eight and Nine Degree Chanels, Maldives, in seach of Charlie I SSGN from Oct. 26-30; Inport Diego Garcia from Nov. 7-8.

November 16, SSN 699 moored at HMAS Stirling at Garden Island, Australia, for a week-long visit to Perth. Transited Panama Canal on Dec. 11.

December 15, USS Jacksonville returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month around-the-world deployment.

In February 1983, the Jacksonville was underway for Refresher Training (REFTRA) and POMCERT. Underway for Atlantic Ocean deployment from March 7 through April 21; Underway for Tactical Readiness Evaluation (TRE) at the AUTEC range on May 13; Inport Port Canaveral from May 30- June 1; Returned home on June 15.

July 19, USS Jacksonville entered the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company shipyard in Newport News, Va., for emergent repairs. Underway for sea trials in September.

October 17, SSN 699 entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

From January 3-18, 1984, the Jacksonville was underway for operations with the USS Saratoga (CV 60) in the Jacksonville Op. Area. Completed ORSE on March 27; Underway for TRE and acoustic trials from April 16-23; Underway for POMCERT from May 1-5.

May 6, USS Jacksonville departed homeport for a scheduled North Atlantic deployment.

July 9, The Jacksonville arrived in Rosyth, Scotland, for a four-day port visit. Inport Portsmouth, England, from July 16-?; Returned to Norfolk on Aug. 5; Underway for local operation from Sept. 10-21; Upon return to port, SSN 699 colided with the barge positioned across Thimble Shoals Channel.

September 25, Cmdr. Ricky K. Morris was relieved as CO of the USS Jacksonville. Cmdr. Francis LaCroix assumed temporary command of the ship.

September 27, The Jacksonville entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard for sonar dome replacement. Undocked on Oct. 5; Underway for acoustic trials at AUTEC on Nov. 15; Returned home for emergent repairs to diesel generator; Underway again from Dec. 12-23.

December 24, Cmdr. John P. Davis relieved Cmdr. Francis LaCroix as the 6th commanding officer of Jacksonville.

In January 1985, the Jacksonville was underway for ORSE workups. Underway for REFTRA in February and POMCERT in March.

April 1, USS Jacksonville departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled Indian Ocean deployment.

May 20, The nuclear-powered submarine arrived in Mombasa, Kenya, for a five-day port visit. Upkeep in Diego Garcia from June 25- July 24.

From July 24 through September 4, USS Jacksonville conduced operations in support of Battle Group Alpha and Bravo and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) training for surface ships from these Battle Groups; Inport Diego Garcia from Sept. 5-9.

September 16, SSN 699 arrived in Cockburn Sound, Australia, for a five-day port call. Upkeep in Subic Bay, Philippines, from Sept. 28- Oct. 6; Port call to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from Oct. 18-22; Transited Panama Canal on Oct. 30; Brief stop in Norfolk to embark Nuclear Propulsion Examination Board (NPEB) personal for ORSE on Nov. 5.

November 8, USS Jacksonville returned to homeport after a seven-month around-the-world cruise, steaming more than 63,500 nautical miles.

In January 1986, the Jacksonville completed a Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment. Underway in suupport of FLEETEX 1-86 and TRE Preps. in February; Inport Naval station Mayport in early March for a liberty visit to its namesake city.

April 25, USS Jacksonville departed Norfolk for a North Atlantic deployment.

June 13, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine pulled into Portsmouth, England, for a three-day port call. Returned home on June 29; Underway for Midshipmen cruise from July 21-25.

August 1, USS Jacksonville entered the Medium Auxiliary Floating Drydock Resolute (AFDM 10) at Norfolk for a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Underway for ORSE workups in October; Inport Port Canaveral, Fla., from Oct. 23-24; Completed ORSE on Oct. 31; Underway for Tactical Readiness Evaluation (TRE) and POM workups in December.

January ?, 1987 USS Jacksonville departed Naval Station Norfolk for its maiden Mediterranean deployment. Returned in June.

From January through March 1988, the Jacksonville was underway for a shock trials test program for Los Angeles-class submarines in the Arctic Circle.

November 10, 1989 Cmdr. Timothy J. Traverso relieved Cmdr. A. J. Watson as CO of the Jacksonville.

January 17, 1991 USS Jacksonville moved from Dry Dock #2 to Beth 6 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. Underway for sea trials on Dec. 2.

December 10, SSN 699 returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a three-year Engineered Refueling Overhaul (ERO).

From January 6-26, 1992, the Jacksonville was underway for acoustic trials at the AUTEC range. Underway for INSURV assessment on Feb. 12; Completed Phase III Sonar Certification in the Virginia Capes Op. Area on April 10; Completed Weapons Certification on May 22; Completed battery changeout pierside at Naval Station Norfolk on June 29.

August 3, USS Jacksonville returned to homeport after a four-week underway for Tactical Weapons Certification (TWC) and a port visit to Naval Station Mayport, Fla. Underway for ORSE from Sept. 16-17.

September 26, Cmdr. William W. Matzelevich relieved Cmdr. Timothy J. Traverso as the 9th CO of Jacksonville.

October 22, SSN 699 returned to Norfolk after participating in a joint U.S.-United Kingdom operations at AUTEC range and a port visit to Port Everglades, Fla., for Broward County Navy Days.

November 20, USS Jacksonville entered the floating dry-dock USS Oak Ridge (ARDM 1) at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., for emergent repairs. Undocked on Dec. 14; Returned home on Dec. 19; Completed magnetic deperming at Lambert's Point, Va., on Dec. 23.

From January 5-14, 1993, the Jacksonville was underway for a Tactical Readiness Evaluation (TRE) and POMCERT.

January 22, USS Jacksonville departed Norfolk for a scheduled Mediterranean deployment.

March 4, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine pulled into Gibraltar, British Crown Colony, for a three-day port call. Brief stop at Naples, Italy, on March 10.

April 9, SSN 699 moored outboard the USS Simon Lake (AS 33) at Santo Stefano Naval Base in La Maddalena, Sardinia, for a 32-day Fleet Maintenance Availability (FMAV). Port call to Souda Bay, Greece, from May 14-20; Brief stops in Augusta Bay, Sicily, on June 15 and Naples on June 16; Departed Mediterranean on June 18; Brief stop at Naval Annex, Bermuda, to embark NPEB personal for ORSE on June 28.

June 30, USS Jacksonville returned to homeport after more than a five-month deployment.

August 7, The Jacksonville departed Naval Station Norfolk for a Friends and Family Day Cruise. Underway for MK 48 ADCAP development testing from Aug. 13-25.

August 30, SSN 699 emergency sortied from Norfolk to avoid the Hurricane Emily. Returned on Sept. 5; Underway for local operations from Oct. 26- Nov. 12.

December 16, USS Jacksonville entered the floating dry-dock USS Resolute at Naval Station Norfolk for a four-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Undocked on March 8, 1993; Underway for sea trials from March 28- April 1.

April 22, The Jacksonville departed homeport for routine training at AUTEC range. Port call to Naval Station Mayport from April 29- May 3; Inport Groton, Conn., for training availability from May 6-20; Returned to Norfolk on May 23; Underway for local operations from May 31- June 7, June 8-9 and 13-27th; Moored outboard the USS L. Y. Spear (AS 36) for a five-week upkeep; Underway for sea trials from Aug. 1-3; Underway for local operations from Aug. 15-19; Underway for POMCERT from Aug. 29-31.

September 12, USS Jacksonville departed Norfolk for a scheduled North Atlantic deployment.

November 10, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine moored at Haakonsvern naval base in Bergen, Norway, for a five-day port visit.

November 25, The Jacksonville moored at Carrier Pier 3 in Brest, France, for a port visit after participating in a joint exercise COVEX 3-94. Returned home in December.

January 10, 1995 USS Jacksonville entred the Dry Dock # 4 at Newport News Shipyard for a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Moved from dry-dock to Pier 6 at Newport News on March 6; Underway for sea trials from March 31- April 3.

April 7, Cmdr. John F. Jarbro, Jr., relieved Cmdr. William W. Matzelevich as commanding officer of SSN 699.

April 13, USS Jacksonville moored outboard the USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) at Naval Station Norfolk for upkeep. Underway on April 24; Inport Naval submarine Base New London for TRAV from April 28- May 12; Returned home on May 21; Underway for local operations from May 22-23; Underway for operations at AUTEC range from May 25- June 2; Underway for local operations from June 5-8 and 12-19th; In dry-dock Resolute from July 6-18; Underway for sea trials from July 25-28; Underway for local operations from Aug. 7-11.

August 15, The Jacksonville emergency sortied from Naval Station Norfolk to avoid the Hurricane Felix. Returned on Aug. 19; Underway for local operations from Aug. 28- Sept. 1.

January 6, 1996 USS Jacksonville commenced an Intermediate Maintenance Availability (IMAV) with the USS Emory S. Land. Underway for sea trials from Feb. 7-8; Underway for local operations from Feb. 12-16.

From February 22 through March 14, SSN 699 was underway for operations at AUTEC range. Port call to Naval Station Mayport, Fla., from March 8-12; Underway for local operations from March 15-16, 18-22 and March 25- April 3; Underway again on May 13.

May 17, USS Jacksonville crashed into the Saudi Makkah cargo ship in thick fog in the Chesapeake Bay. Both ships suffered significant damage but no one was injured. The submarine returned to Naval Station Norfolk immediately; Moved to Pier 4 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard on May 23.

May 29, Cmdr. John F. Jarbro, Jr., was relieved as CO of the SSN 699. Cmdr. Richard N. Current assumed temporary command of the Jacksonville.

June 20, USS Jacksonville entered the Dry Dock #2 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard for emergent repairs.

August 14, Cmdr. Robert A. Gurczynski relieved Cmdr. Richard N. Current as the 12th CO of Jacksonville.

September 16, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine moved from dry-dock to Pier 23 at Naval Station Norfolk. Underway for sea trials from Oct. 11-15; Underway for acoustic trials at AUTEC range on Oct. 25; Port visit to Port Everglades, Fla., from Oct. 31- Nov. 5; Brief stop in Port Canaveral on Nov. 9; Commenced COMPTUEX Phase I with the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) BG on Nov. 14; Brief stops at Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, on Nov. 22 and 24th; Inport Roosevelt Roads again from Nov. 26- Dec. 1; Commenced upkeep with USS Emory S. Land on January 6, 1997.

From February 7-14, USS Jacksonville was underway for COMPTUEX Phase II in the Virginia Capes and Cherry Point Op. Areas. Underway for local operations from Feb. 19-20; Underway for JTFEX 97-2 from March 7- April 2; Underway for local operations from April 3-4.

April 29, USS Jacksonville departed Norfolk for a scheduled Mediterranean deployment as part of the JFK Battle Group. Brief stop in Naval Station Rota, Spain, on May 12.

May 15, SSN 699 moored outboard the USS Simon Lake in La Maddalena, Sardinia, for a four-day FMAV.

May 30, The Jacksonville moored at Milhaud Pier 6W in Toulon Naval Base, France, for a four-day port call after participating in exercise Iles D'Or '97. Inport Gibraltar from June 11-17; Brief stops in Cagliari, Italy, on June 19 and 21st; Upkeep in La Maddalena from July 1-7 after participated in exercise SHAREM 121; Inport Souda Bay from July 20-26; Port call to Rota, Spain, from Aug. 1-7; Brief stops in La Maddalena on Aug. 14 and 18th.

August 23, USS Jacksonville moored outboard the USS Simon Lake at Santo Stefano Naval Base in La Maddalena, Italy, for a 16-day upkeep after participating in exercise Shark Hunt.

September 10, The Jacksonville anchored off Cartagena, Spain, for a port visit before participating in exercise Tapon. Returned to homeport on Oct. 28.

January 2, 2000 SSN 699 departed Naples, Italy, after a week-long port visit. Inport La Maddalena from Jan. 3-4; Brief stop in Taranto, Italy, on Jan. 6; Upkeep in La Maddalena from Feb. 6-16; Port call to Gibraltar from March 4-6; Brief stop at Bermuda on March 15.

March 17, USS Jacksonville returned to Norfolk after a six-month deployment, with the USS John F. Kennedy Battle Group, in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR.

From April 27-29, the Jacksonville was underway for local operations. Underway again from June 5-22.

July 2, SSN 699 arrived in Naval Weapons Station Earle, N.J., for an eight-day visit to participate in International Naval Review 2000 and OpSail New York.

From Feb. 27 through March 27, 2001, the Jacksonville was underway for COMPTUEX/JTFEX in the Puerto Rican Op. Area. Brief stops at Roosevelt Roads on March 8 and 12th.

April 25, USS Jacksonville departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled Mediterranean deployment, as part of the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Battle Group.

May 14, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine moored outboard the USS Emory S. Land at Santo Stefano Naval Base in La Maddalena, Sardinia, for a five-day FMAV.

June 2, USS Jacksonville pulled into Toulon, France, for a six-day port call after participating in a two-week exercise Trident D'or off Sardinia. Inport La Maddalena again from June 10-15.

June 27, The Jacksonville moored outboard the USS Emory S. Land, anchored off Dubrovnik, Croatia, for a four-day port visit after participating in a week-long exercise Iron Hammer.

July 5, SSN 699 pulled into Aksaz Naval Base for a six-day visit to Marmaris, Turkey.

From January 8-11, 2002, the Jacksonville was underway in the Virginia Capes OPAREA. Underway again from Jan. 20-27; Underway from March 29- April 6; Port call to Port Canaveral, Fla., from April 1-4; Underway for local operations from April 17-22.

May 1, USS Jacksonville departed Norfolk for a Prospective Commanding Officer (PCO) operations. Port call to Port Canaveral from May 6-8; Inport Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, from May 12-14, 17-21 and 24-27th; Returned home on June 5; Underway for a port visit to Port Canaveral on July 22; Inport PCAN from July 31- Aug. 1; Port visit Mayport, Fla., from Aug. 2-6; Returned home on Aug. 9.

December 9, SSN 699 entered the floating dry-dock Resolute (AFDM 10) at Naval Station Norfolk for a four-month Interim Drydocking (IDD) availability. The list of critical path work items included preservation of 20 internal tanks, Special Hull Treatment (SHT) replacement, restoration of main seawater hull and backup valves, preservation of all main ballast tanks, steering and diving system inspection and repair, including removal and restoration of the Fairwater planes, restoration of some ventilation valves and the use of four hull cuts.

March 16, 2003 USS Jacksonville departed dry-dock Resolute and moored at Naval Station Norfolk. Underway for sea trials from April 21-29.

May 2, Cmdr. John S. O'Neill relieved Cmdr. Michael W. Brown as the 14th CO of Jacksonville.

May 12, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine departed homeport for local operations. Inport Naval Station Mayport from May 22-28; Returned home on May 30; Underway for local operations from June 17-20 and 25-27th; Underway for undisclosed operations on July 25; Inport Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., from Aug. 23-29; Returned home on Sept. 5.

September 16, USS Jacksonville departed Naval Station Norfolk for a southern Atlantic deployment.

September 20, The Jacksonville pulled into Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., for a four-day port visit.

December 19, USS Jacksonville returned to Norfolk after a three-month underway period.

December 20, 2004 A small fire broke out aboard USS Jacksonville while undergoing an Engineered Refueling Overhaul (ERO) at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. The fire was immediately extinguished and the reactor was never in danger, though a shipyard firefighter and a sailor were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

June 22, 2007 SSN 699 pulled into Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for a port visit to its namesake city.

May 30, 2008 USS Jacksonville departed Norfolk for its first deployment after more than four years.

June 11, The Jacksonville departed HMNB Portsmouth, England, after a routine port call.

November 24, USS Jacksonville returned to homeport after a six-month deployment in support of maritime security operations.

December 12, Cmdr. Tyler L. Meador relieved Cmdr. John Kropcho, III as CO of SSN 699, who retired at the ceremony after serving the Navy for 24 years.

April 3, 2009 USS Jacksonville arrived at its new homeport of Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after a 28-day transit from Norfolk, Va., as part of the 60/40 split of submarine force assets, between the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets, as designated in the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review.

June 2, 2010 USS Jacksonville departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

August 27, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine pulled into Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a routine port call.

October 16, SSN 699 departed Sepanggar Naval Base after a five-day port visit to Malaysia.

December 2, USS Jacksonville returned home after a six-month deployment.

February 4, 2011 Cmdr. Nathan B. Sukols relieved Cmdr. Tyler L. Meador as CO of the Jacksonville during a change-of-command ceremony at Pearl Harbor.

November 5, 2012 USS Jacksonville departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled deployment.

November 15, The Jacksonville moored at Berth 13 in Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for a six-day port call.

January 10, 2013 USS Jacksonville collided with a small fishing vessel in the Arabian Gulf, around 5 a.m. local, damaging one of its periscopes. No one on the sub is injured. The civilian vessel continued on its course and speed.

January 12, SSN 699 pulled into Khalifa Bin Salman Port in Hidd, Bahrain, for damage assessment.

January 23, The Jacksonville moored outboard the USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) at KBSP to get tender support services. Transited to Mina Salman Pier in Manama on Feb. 1.

February 10, Rear Adm. Phillip G. Sawyer, commander of Submarine Group 7 and Task Force 74/54, relieved of command Cmdr. Nathan B. Sukol due to a "loss of confidence in his ability to command." The XO, Lt. Cmdr. Lauren Allen, is also fired. Cmdr. Richard E. Seif assumed temporary command of the USS Jacksonville.

April 9, The Jacksonville pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a brief port call.

June 18, USS Jacksonville returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after a seven-and-a-half month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR.

August 2, Cmdr. Matthew R. Boland relieved Cmdr. Richard E. Seif as CO of the Jacksonville during a change-of-command ceremony on board the sub at Pearl Harbor.

August 7, Rear Adm. Phillip G. Sawyer relieved Rear Adm. James F. Caldwell, Jr., as Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC) and Commander, Task Force 134 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the SSN 699.

April ?, 2015 USS Jacksonville departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

April 21, The Jacksonville arrived in White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, for a brief stop to conduct personnel transfer.

May 26, USS Jacksonville moored outboard the USS Emory S. Land at Sepanggar Naval Base, Malaysia, for a liberty port visit to Kota Kinabalu.

June 25, The Jacksonville moored at Diamantina Pier, HMAS Stirling on Garden Island, Australia, for a six-day liberty port visit to Perth.

July 27, SSN 699 moored at Berth 5, Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a liberty port visit after participated in a biennial joint exercise Talisman Sabre off the northern coast of Australia.

August 6, USS Jacksonville is currently underway off the east coast of Java Island in support of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Indonesia; Brief stop off White Beach, Okinawa, for personnel transfer on Aug. 20.

October 16, USS Jacksonville moored at Sierra 11 Wharf on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following a six-and-a-half month deployment.

November 25, Cmdr. Steven E. Faulk relieved Cmdr. Matthew R. Boland as CO of the Jacksonville during a change-of-command ceremony on board the sub at Pearl Harbor.