USS LA JOLLA SSN 701
October 24, 1981 USS La Jolla was commissioned during a ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn.
December 10, Cmdr. G. C. Beard, Jr., relieved Capt. J. R. Lang as commanding officer of the SSN 701.
March 21, 1982 USS La Jolla arrived at its new homeport of Naval Submarine Base Point Loma in San Diego, Calif., after a 39-day transit from Groton, CT. Port calls to Port Everglades, Fla.; Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico; and Rodman Naval Base in Balboa, Panama.
July 1, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine commenced a six-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, Calif.
In late 1982, about 30 miles out of San Francisco, California, USS La Jolla, while at periscope depth, collided with Permit (SSN 594), operating on the surface. La Jolla suffered minor rudder damage, while putting a ten-foot (3 m) long, three-foot (1 m) wide scrape in the paint on Permit’s keel.
April 29, 1983 USS La Jolla was the first to successfully test fire a Tomahawk cruise missile while submerged at the Pacific Missile Test Center.
August 15, 1984 USS La Jolla departed San Diego for its maiden six-month western Pacific deployment. Port calls to Chinhae, ROK; Subic Bay, Philippines; and Hong Kong.
April 19, 1985 Cmdr. Kent V.L. MacNeill relieved Capt. G. C. Beard, Jr., as the 3rd CO of La Jolla.
September 5, SSN 701 pulled into San Francisco, Calif., for a four-day port visit.
February 4, 1986 The La Jolla arrived in Esquimalt, B.C. Canada, for a four-day port call.
May 20, USS La Jolla departed homeport for special operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility.
September 17, The La Jolla returned to NSB Point Loma after a four-month underway period. Port calls to Yokosuka, Japan, (July 25-29); Subic Bay (Aug. 5-9 and 16-18th); and Hong Kong (Sept. 1-5).
March 3, 1987 The nuclear-powered submarine entered the floating dry-dock USS Arco (ARDM 5) for a two-month SRA.
January 16, 1988 USS La Jolla arrived in Seattle, Wash., for a three-day port visit.
March 4, Cmdr. Jeffrey A. Fischbeck relieved Cmdr. Kent V.L. MacNeill as CO of the La Jolla.
From May 9 through July 13, the La Jolla was operationg in the eastern and northern Pacific. Port call to Adak, Alaska, from June 21- July 5; Another visit to Seattle from Aug. 29- Sept. 5; Port call to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, from Sept. 15-17;
February 17, 1989 USS La Jolla arrived at Mare Island Naval Shipyard for a 14-month Depot Modernization Period (DMP). In Dry Dock #4 from March 6- Oct. 13; Returned to Point Loma on April 17, 1990.
January 16, 1991 Cmdr. James M. Shelton relieved Cmdr. Jeffrey A. Fischbeck as the 5th commanding officer of USS La Jolla.
June 14, USS La Jolla departed San Diego for a scheduled western Pacific deployment. Port calls to Naval Base Yokosuka from June 27- July 5, July 6-8 and Sept. 10-20.
October 31, The La Jolla pulled into Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, for a four-day port call.
November 8, SSN 701 pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a three-week port call to get tender support services from USS Proteus (AS 19). Returned home on Dec. 13.
April 25, 1992 USS La Jolla arrived in Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a five-day visit to Hawaii. Returned home on May 22 after conducting CNO cpecial projects at the Nanoose test range off British Columbia; In dry-dock Arco from May 26- June 5.
From July 15 through Sept. 1, the La Jolla was underway for Prospective Commanding Officer (PCO) operations in the Hawaiian waters.
January 5, 1993 USS La Jolla entered the dry-dock Arco for a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).
May 13, Cmdr. Michael R. Oliver relieved Cmdr. James M. Shelton as CO of SSN 701.
February 11, 1998 While approaching the port of Chinhae, South Korea, the crew of La Jolla overlooked a fishing trawler (27 tons) and both vessels collided. The trawler sank. The five crewmembers of the trawler were rescued by the submarine crew.
February 17, 2000 USS La Jolla departed Dry Dock #2 at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. Underway on Dec. 3 after a two-year Engineered Refueling Overhaul (ERO).
December 23, USS La Jolla arrived at its new homeport of Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
April 25, 2002 The La Jolla departed Naval Base Sasebo, Japan, to participate in the submarine rescue exercise Pacific Reach 2002. Participating units included surface ships and submarines from United States, Japan, Australia, Republic of Korea and Republic of Singapore.
February 23, 2004 USS La Jolla departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled western Pacific deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. The submarine is equipped with the Special Operations capable Dry Deck Shelter (DDS), which can allow special operation forces including Navy SEALs (Sea, Air, Land) to deploy undetected from deployed submarines.
August 23, USS La Jolla returned to homeport after completing a six-month deployment. The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine traveled more than 34,000 n.m., made 11 port visits including Korea, Japan, Singapore, Saipan and Guam, and participated in five international exercises, including the multinational submarine rescue exercise Pacific Reach 2004.
October 7, 2005 Cmdr. Nelson P. Hildreth relieved Cmdr. Brian T. Howes as CO of the La Jolla during a change-of-command ceremony held on board the sub.
May 16, 2006 USS La Jolla departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a six-month western Pacific deployment. She is one of three specially configured attack submarines equipped with the Special Operations-capable Dry Deck Shelter, which can allow special operations forces including Navy SEALs to deploy undetected from deployed submarines. The other DDS-capable submarines are USS Buffalo (SSN 715) and USS Los Angeles (SSN 688).
October 7, SSN 701 recently moored outboard the USS Frank Cable (AS 40), while anchored in Victoria Harbour, for a scheduled port visit to Hong Kong.
April 3, 2008 USS La Jolla departed homeport for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.
April 14, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine pulled into Yokosuka, Japan, for a routine port visit.
October 3, USS La Jolla returned to Pearl Harbor after a six-month underway period. She also visited Guam, Sasebo, Japan and Singapore.
October 30, 2009 Capt. Stanley Robertson, commodore of Submarine Squadron One, relieved Cmdr. Doug Sampson of his duty as CO of the La Jolla because of a loss of confidence in his ability to command. Cmdr. Erik Burian assumed the temporary command of the ship. The submarine is currently in Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for maintenance in anticipation of its decommissioning at a date to be determined.
February 19, 2010 Cmdr. Jeff Bernard relieved Cmdr. Erik Burian as CO of the SSN 701 during a change-of-command ceremony at Pearl Harbor.
January 27, 2011 USS La Jolla departed Joint Base Pearl Habor-Hickam for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).
April 23, The La Jolla arrived in Goa, India, for a goodwill port visit.
June 10, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine is currently at South China Sea participating in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia 2011 exercise.
July 15, USS La Jolla returned to homeport after five-and-a-half month deployment.
October 5, The La Jolla pulled into Naval Base Point Loma for a scheduled namesake visit and to celebrate the anniversary of her commissioning. She is the first warship named after the San Diego neighborhood. SSN 701 participated in exercises off the coast of southern California to train the crew for its next deployment.
August 30, 2012 USS La Jolla departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.
September 10, The La Jolla arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a three-day port call.
December 21, USS La Jolla pulled into Busan Naval Base for a scheduled port visit to the Republic of Korea.
January 11, 2013 The La Jolla moored outboard the USS Frank Cable at Port of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, for a five-day port visit and to get tender support services.
January 25, USS La Jolla returned to homeport after a five-month deployment.
June 6, Cmdr. Kevin K. Roach relieved Cmdr. Jeff Bernard as CO of the La Jolla during a change-of-command ceremony on board the sub at Pearl Harbor.
March 4, 2014 USS La Jolla departed Joint Base Pearl Habor-Hickam for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.
April 14, The La Jolla recently moored outboard the USS Frank Cable at Sepanggar Naval Base in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, for a Fleet Maintenance Availability (FMAV).
May 13, SSN 701 arrived in White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan, for a brief stop. Brief stop at White Beach again on June 7, June 12 and July 26.
August 1, USS La Jolla moored at Berth 13 in Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for a week-long port call.
September 3, USS La Jolla returned to Pearl Harbor after completing its final six-month deployment. The sub traveled more than 35,000 n.m. and also made port calls to Sattahip, Thailand; and Singapore.
October 21, SSN 701 moored at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego for the last port visit to its namesake city.
November 10, USS La Jolla arrived in Naval Station Norfolk, Va., after a 26-day transit from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
February 3, 2015 The La Jolla is inactivated and placed in Reserve (Stand Down) status.
February 3, USS La Jolla entered the Dry Dock #3 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a 32-month conversion into a Moored Training Ship (MTS). During the conversion she will have its missile compartments removed, but will have fully operational reactor power plants and will be equipped with a diesel-powered Supplemental Water Injection System to provide emergency cooling water in the unlikely event of an accident. In 2018, La Jolla (MTS 701) will replaced the Daniel Webster (MTS 626) at Naval Support Activity Charleston, S.C., as a Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU).
December 4, Capt. James E. Crosley relieved Cmdr. Kevin K. Roach as the last CO of La Jolla during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk.
November 8, 2017 The La Jolla undocked and moored pierside at Norfolk Naval Shipyard; Conversion completed on Nov. 7, 2019.
November 15, 2019 USS La Jolla was officially decommissioned and stricken from the U.S. Naval Vessel Register.