USS ALBUQUERQUE
SSN 706
  
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The Albuquerque (SSN 706) is the 19th Los Angeles-class attack submarine and the second ship of the U.S. Navy to be named for Albuquerque, New Mexico. The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut, on October 31, 1973, and her keel was laid down on December 27, 1979. She was christened and launched on March 13, 1982. Mrs. Nancy L. Domenici, the wife of U.S. Senator (R) Pietro V. Domenici, srved as sponsor of the ship. Capt. Richard H. Hartman is the prospective commanding officer.

February 25, 1983 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Albuquerque underway for the first time to conduct Builder's (Alpha "A") trials. Underway for Bravo trials from Feb. 28- March 9; Underway for Charlie trials from March 24-28; Underway for acceptance trials with the INSURV from April 7-8; Delivered to the Navy on April 15.

May 21, USS Albuquerque was commissioned during a ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn.

From May 24 through July 1, the Albuquerque was underway for a Shakedown Cruise at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) range off Andros Island, Bahamas. Underway for Weapons Systems Acceptance Trials (WSAT) in the Puerto Rican Op. Area in September; Completed its first Operational Reactor Safeguards Examination (ORSE) from Oct. 3-13.

October 18, Cmdr. Scott L. Sears relieved Capt. Richard H. Hartman as CO of the SSN 706.

From November 25 through Dec. 9, the Los Angeles-class attack submarine completed MK 48 Torpedo Certification and a port call to Port Everglades, Fla.

January 5, 1984 USS Albuquerque entered the Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton for a three-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). Underway for sea trials on April 16; Completed Combat Systems Certification and port call to Port Everglades from May 29- June 16; Underway in support of COMPTUEX and Midshipmen operations from July 12- Aug. 3; Completed ORSE on Aug. 31; In Electric Boat dry-dock for emergent repairs from Dec. 5-20; Underway for a Dependent's Cruise from Dec. 27-28; Underway for Pre-Overseas Movement Certification (POMCERT) from Feb. 22-25, 1985.

February 27, USS Albuquerque departed Naval Submarine Base New London for its maiden North Atlantic deployment. Returned home on May 3.

From June 3- July 10, SSN 706 was underway in the Atlantic Ocean. Inport Port Everglades from June 10-13; Completed ORSE on Sept. 12.

September 26, The Albuquerque emergency sortied from Groton, Conn., to avoid the Hurricane Gloria. Returned on Sept. 28; Underway for a Dependent's Cruise on Oct. 25.

From Oct. 28 through Nov. 24, USS Albuquerque was underway for local operations with the USS Tullibee (SSN 597) and Prospective Commanding Officer (PCO) operations. Port calls to Port Everglades and Norfolk, Va; Underway for local operations with the USS Jack (SSN 605) from Dec. 2-6.

January 14, 1986 The Albuquerque entered the Electric Boat shipyard for a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

May 19, USS Albuquerque departed homeport for a four-month North Atlantic deployment. Port calls to Holy Loch, Scotland; Faslane, Scotland; and Portsmouth, England; Returned to Groton on Sept. 14; Underway for acoustic trials at Exuma Sound range from Oct. 24-31; Underway for SHAREM/ASWEX from Nov. 4-23.

December 3, Cmdr. John T. Byrd relieved Cmdr. Scott L. Sears as CO of the Albuquerque.

From December 6-20, USS Albuquerque was underway for ASW exercise at the AUTEC range. Underway for local operations from Jan. 13-16, 1987; Underway for ASWEX 2-87 from Feb. 2 through March 31; Inport Haakonsvern, Norway, from Feb. 16-19; Underway for ammo onload at Naval Weapons Station Earle, N.J., from April 27- May 2; Underway for Tactical Readiness Evaluation (TRE) and POM workups from May 18-22.

June 5, USS Albuquerque departed Groton for a scheduled Mediterranean deployment as part of the USS Saratoga (CV 60) Battle Group.

June 30, SSN 706 moored outboard the USS Orion (AS 18) in La Maddalena, Sardinia, for a 12-day Fleet Maintenance Availability (FMAV). Port call to Naples, Italy, from Aug. 7-11; Inport La Maddalena again from Aug. 17-21 and Aug. 25- Sept. 14.

October 1, The Albuquerque pulled into Toulon, France, for a four-day port call. Returned to homeport on Oct. 22; Underway portion of Underway Material Inspection (UMI) from Dec. 8-9; Underway for local operations from Dec. 14-18; Underway for ADCAP target services at AUTEC range from Jan. 25- Feb. 8 and Feb. 16-23, 1988; Underway again for target services in April; Underway for PCO operations in May; Commenced a two-month SRA in June; Underway for acoustic trials in August and September; Completed POM workups in October.

November ?, USS Albuquerque departed NSB New London for a three-month North Atlantic deployment.

In April and May 1989, the Los Angeles-class attack submarine was underway for local operations. Underway for Midshipmen operations at AUTEC in July.

August ?, Cmdr. J. C. Kane relieved Cmdr. John T. Byrd as the 4th CO of Albuquerque.

In October, USS Albuquerque visited Port Everglades, Fla., for Navy Appreciation Week. Underway for two weeks in November and one in December for POM workups.

From January 3 through April 17, 1990, USS Albuquerque was deployed to the Mediterranean Sea. Underway for Pre-DMP testing from May 14-17; Underway for local operations in June and July.

September 18, The Albuquerque entered the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, for a 12-month Depot Modernization Period (DMP).

From February 10-13, 1992, SSN 706 was underway in the Narragansett Bay Op. Area. Underway for sonar certification from Feb. 18-20; Underway for weapons certification on Feb. 25; Inport Port Everglades, Fla., from March 4-9; Returned home on March 12; Underway for engineering workups and ORSE from April 13-28; Underway for Independent Steaming Exercises (ISE) from May 12-14.

May 29, Cmdr. Michael R. King relieved Cmdr. J. C. Kane as commanding officer of the USS Albuquerque.

From June 20-25, the Albuquerque was underway for local operations. Underway for Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) from July 20-28 and July 30- Aug. 13; Underway for FLEETEX from Sept. 9-22.

October 7, USS Albuquerque departed Groton for a scheduled Mediterranean deployment as part of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Battle Group.

October 22, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine pulled into Naples, Italy, for a six-day port call. Upkeep in La Maddalena. Italy, with USS Orion from Oct. 30- Nov. 5; Port visit to Athens, Greece, from Nov. 8-11.

November 17, USS Albuquerque pulled into Thessaloniki, Greece, for a four-day port call after participated in exercise NIRIIS. Inport La Maddalena from Nov. 25-31; Port call to Toulon, France, from Dec. 23- Jan. 3, 1993; Upkeep in La Maddalena from Jan. 25- Feb. 4 and Feb. 16-17.

February 25, The Albuquerque moored again outboard the USS Orion in La Maddalena for a two-week FMAV after participated in exercise Magellan. Port visit to Gibraltar from March 19-22; Brief stop in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to embark NPEB personal for ORSE on April 5.

April 7, USS Albuquerque returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.

June 7, SSN 706 departed NSB New London in support of Canadian joint exercise Marcot '93. Inport Halifax, N.S., from June 14-17; Returned home on July 1; Underway for local operations from July 19-23, 26-30, Aug. 2-6, 13-21 and Oct. 13-22.

From November 2 through Dec. 14, the Albuquerque was underway for western Atlantic operations and routine training at the AUTEC. Inport Port Everglades from Dec. 6-8.

From February 10-26, 1994, USS Albuquerque was underway for ISE in the Narragansett Bay Op. Area, ASW exercises with the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) BG in the Cherry Point Op. Area and in support of USS Atlanta (SSN 712) POM workups in the Virginia Capes OPAREA; Underway in support of USS Whale (SSN 638) POMCERT and ORSE workups from March 7-20; Underway for ORSE from March 22-23.

March 28, USS Albuquerque entered the floating dry-dock USS Shippingport (ARDM 4) for a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Underway for support services on June 7; Brief stop in Naval Station Norfolk on June 16; Inport Port Canaveral, Fla., for Midshipmen operations from June 20-24.

July 1, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a four-day port visit after supporting SSBN operations at AUTEC range. Returned home on July 20; Underway for VIP cruise on July 21; Underway for ISE from Aug. 17-18; Underway for a Dependent's Cruise on Aug. 19; Underway for ADCAP torpedo testing in the Boston Op. Area on Aug. 23; Inport Halifax, Canada, from Sept. 6-10; Returned to Groton on Sept. 13; Underway for local operations from Oct. 18-27; Underway for POM workups from Nov. 7-15; Underway for POMCERT from Nov. 28- Dec. 1.

December 7, USS Albuquerque departed Groton, Conn., for classified operations in the western Atlantic.

February 13, 1995 The Albuquerque pulled into Rosyth, Scotland, for a four-day port call before participating in NATO exercise Strong Resolve in the Halifax Op. Area. Returned to homeport on March 17.

April 6, Cmdr. Leonard A. Zingarelli relieved Cmdr. Michael R. King as CO of the Albuquerque; Cmdr. R. S. Brown assumed temporary command of the ship on May 5.

From June 6-14, SSN 706 was underway for acoustic trials and torpedo proficiency exercises at AUTEC range. Underway in support of exercise Marcot '95 in the Halifax OPAREA from June 16- July 3; Underway for support services and JTFEX from July 6-22; In dry-dock Shippingport for emergent repairs to its towed array sonar system from Aug. 16-31; Underway for support sevices at AUTEC from Sept. 20- Oct. 1; Underway for VIP cruise on Oct. 23; Underway for ORSE workups from Oct. 23- Nov. 2; Underway for local operations from Nov. 7-17; Underway for ISE from Jan. 10-12, 1996; Underway for POM workups and POMCERT from Jan. 22- Feb. 9.

February 21, USS Albuquerque departed homeport for classified operations in the western Atlantic.

May 15, The Albuquerque pulled into HMNB Clyde in Faslane, Scotland, for a five-day port call after 83 consecutive days submerged. Returned to Groton on June 1.

July 12, The nuclear-powered submarine departed NSB New London for VIP cruise at Block Island Sound. Underway for TRE workups from July 16-19; Underway for Dependent's Cruise on July 24; Underway for TRE at AUTEC range from July 26- Aug. 12; Underway for local operations from Sept. 17-20; Underway for INSURV assessment from Oct. 16-17; Underway for ORSE workups and PCO operations from Oct. 22- Nov. 8; Emergent drydocking in late November; Underway for POM workups from Jan. 6-10, 13-17 and Feb. 5-12, 1997; Underway for POMCERT from Feb. 21-26.

March 5, USS Albuquerque departed Groton for a scheduled northern Atlantic deployment. Brief stop in Tromso, Norway, from March 20-21.

June 24, Cmdr. Stephen G. Gabriele relieved Cmdr. Leonard A. Zingarelli as the 7th CO of Albuquerque.

April 29, SSN 706 arrived in Faslane, Scotland, for a two-day port call before participating in exercise Linked Seas. Port visit to Lisbon, Portugal, from May 20-26; Returned home on June 3.

From July 28 through Sept. 4, USS Albuquerque was underway for Independent Steaming Exercises (ISE) and in support of JTFEX 97-3. Inport Port Everglades from Aug. 11-15; Underway for local operations from Sept. 12-24; Underway for ORSE from Sept. 25-26.

October 1, The Albuquerque entered the Medium Auxiliary Repair Dry Dock USS Oakridge (ARDM 1) for a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Underway for sea trials from Dec. 5-8.

January 12, 1998 USS Albuquerque departed NSB New London in support of JTFEX 98-1. Port visit to Port Everglades from Jan. 19-21; Inport NSB Kings Bay, Ga., for magnetic deperming from Jan. 26-28; Returned home on Feb. 6; Underway for Tactical Readiness Evaluation (TRE) from Feb. 20- March 16; Inport Port Canaveral from March 12-13; Underway for PCO operations from April 29- May 1; Underway for VIP cruise for WWII Vets on May 12.

From May 13-29, SSN 706 was underway for special operations in support of national security. Brief stop in Kings Bay, Ga., on May 19; Underway in support of exercise Marcot '98 on June 2; Inport Halifax, Canada, from Jule 4-8; Returned home on June 26; In dry-dock Shippingport for Resin discharge from July 7- Aug. 10; Underway for sea trials from Aug. 19-24.

From September 18 through Oct. 6, the Albuquerque was underway in support of USS Enterprise (CVN 65) BG's JTFEX 98-2 and Tactical Development Exercise (TACDEVEX) 45-98.

November 19, USS Albuquerque departed homeport for COMPTUEX 99-2 in the Puerto Rican OPAREA. Inport Naval Station Roosevelt Roads from Nov. 25-29; Returned to Groton on Dec. 18; Underway for Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) from Feb. 9- March 8.

March 26, USS Albuquerque departed Groton, Conn., for a scheduled Mediterranean deployment as part of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Battle Group.

April 8, The Albuquerque arrived on station in the Adriatic Sea in support of Operation Noble Anvil/Allied Force.

May 3, SSN 706 moored outboard the USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) in La Maddalena, Italy, for an 11-day FMAV.

Through the end of May, USS Albuquerque fired 10 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) at targets in Serb-controlled Yugoslavia, setting records for number of TLAMs fired from a Flight-I 688 class submarine, as well as the shortest time from tasking to firing on a target, earning her the nickname of "Sure Shooter".

June 3, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine pulled into Toulon, France, for a week-long port call. Upkeep in La Maddalena from June 17-28.

July 19, The Albuquerque arrived in Cartagena, Spain, for a four-day port visit. Inport Naples, Italy, from July 30- Aug. 3; Upkeep in La Maddalena from Aug. 6-18; Departed Mediterranean Sea on Aug. 29.

September 24, USS Albuquerque returned to Naval Submarine Base New London after a six-month combat deployment.

From October 27-29, the Albuquerque was underway for PCO operations.

December 1, Cmdr. Jerry K. Burroughs relieved Cmdr. Stephen G. Gabriele as commanding officer of the SSN 706.

From December 7-14, USS Albuquerque was underway for an orientation cruise from Port Canaveral, Fla. Underway for sea trials and PCO operations from Jan. 21- Feb. 1, 2000; Underway again for Prospective Commanding Officer operations, TRE and Tactical Development Exercise with the Dutch from April 26- May 29; Underway for a Midshipmen cruise and POMCERT from July 20- Aug. 8.

August 23, The Albuquerque departed Groton for counter narcotics operations in the U.S. 4th Fleet AoR. Brief stop to Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, from Aug. 30-31.

October 6, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine arrived in Port Everglades, Fla., for a four-day port visit to participate in Broward County Navy Days Ft. Lauderdale. Returned home on Oct. 13; Underway for PCO operations and support services in the Puerto Rican Op. Area and AUTEC range from Oct. 23- Nov. 18.

From January 23 through Feb. 13, 2001, the Albuquerque was underway for Undersea Warfare operations and support services for USS Connecticut (SSN 22) in the Puerto Rican OPAREA; Underway for support services at AUTEC range and a port visit to Port Canaveral from March 7-24; In dry-dock Shippingport (ARDM 4) for Resin discharge from April 30- June 7; Departed Groton on June 19.

June 21, USS Albuquerque entered the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, for a two-year Engineered Refueling Overhaul (ERO).

May 8, 2003 USS Albuquerque, commanded by Cmdr. Stuart B. Munsch, returned to Naval Submarine Base New London, following a 22-month extended modernization period.

July 15, 2004 The Albuquerque, along with USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Carrier Strike Group, wrapped up a first-of-its-kind multinational exercise known as Majestic Eagle, off the coast of Morocco.

July 26, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine returned to Groton, Conn., after an underway period in support of Summer Pulse ’04, as part of the Navy's Fleet Response Plan (FRP).

October 13, USS Albuquerque departed homeport, as part of the Harry S. Truman CSG, for a scheduled deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism.

April 12, 2005 USS Albuquerque returned to NSB New London after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility. She made port calls to Faslane, Scotland; Lisbon, Portugal; Spain; Italy; Greece; Seychelles; and Manama, Bahrain; and also participated in the United Kingdom's Joint Maritime Course (JMC).

June 27, Cmdr. Robert Douglas relieved Cmdr. Stuart B. Munsch as commanding officer of the Albuquerque.

June 6, 2006 USS Albuquerque departed Groton, as part of the USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Expeditionary Strike Group, for six months to conduct maritime security operations in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

November 8, The Iwo Jima ESG transited the Suez Canal, concluding operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet AoR.

July 22, 2007 The Albuquerque moored at Chaguaramas, Trinidad and Tobago, for a four-day visit to Port of Spain. SSN 706 recently departed homeport for a scheduled deployment to the U.S. Southern Command's (USSOUTHCOM) Area of Responsibility (AoR) in support of the Joint Inter-Agency Task Force South (JIATF-S).

February 22, 2009 USS Albuquerque pulled into Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, for a routine port call. The Los Angeles-class attack submarine recently departed Groton, Conn., for the last time for an independent deployment and a homeport change to San Diego, Calif.

July 4, The Albuquerque recently arrived in Yokosuka, Japan, to celebrate the Independence Day.

August 6, USS Albuquerque arrived at its new homeport of Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego 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.

July 23, 2010 Cmdr. Christopher J. Cavanaugh relieved Cmdr. Michael G. Badorf as CO of the Albuquerque during a change-of-command ceremony at Point Loma.

June 15, 2011 USS Albuquerque departed San Diego for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

July 29, The Albuquerque recently arrived in Brisbane, Australia, for a scheduled port visit.

September 6, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine pulled into Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a routine port call.

October 21, SSN 706 moored at Sierra Pier for a scheduled port visit to Naval Base Guam.

November 21, The Albuquerque pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, to get tender support from USS Frank Cable (AS 40).

December 15, USS Albuquerque returned to Naval Base Point Loma after traveling more than 40,000 nautical miles.

January 29, 2013 USS Albuquerque departed homeport for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

February 13, The Albuquerque pulled into Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a six-day port call.

March 10, SSN 706 moored outboard the USS Frank Cable, while at anchor off Sattahip, Thailand, for a Fleet Maintenance Availability (FMAV).

May 7, USS Albuquerque pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port call. Brief stop at Sasebo, Japan, on June 3; Inport Sasebo again from June 7-10 and July 16.

July 23, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine moored at Port of Saipan for a liberty port visit.

August 21, USS Albuquerque returned to San Diego after a seven-month deployment.

August 23, Cmdr. Trent Hesslink relieved Cmdr. Christopher J. Cavanaugh as commanding officer of the SSN 706.

August 8, 2014 USS Albuquerque departed Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt, B.C., after a scheduled port visit in conjunction with the Royal Canadian Navy's Submarine Force Centennial.

October 21, The Albuquerque returned to Naval Base Point Loma after underway for routine training.

January 29, 2015 The Los Angeles-class attack submarine returned to homeport after underway for local operations.

February 6, USS Albuquerque departed San Diego for its final deployment.

February 24, The Albuquerque moored at HMAS Stirling on Garden Island, Australia, for a liberty port visit to Perth before participating in annual joint exercise Lungfish with the HMAS Rankin (SSG 78).

March ?, SSN 706 arrived in Navy Support Facility Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Teritory, for a liberty port visit; Inport Duqm, Oman, for upkeep in early May; Inport Diego Garcia for upkeep from July 13-23.

August 21, USS Albuquerque moored at North Side Inner Mike Pier, Naval Base Point Loma following a six-and-a-half month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

August 28, Cmdr. Donald I. Tenney relieved Cmdr. Trent Hesslink as the last CO of Albuquerque during a change-of-command ceremony on board the sub.

September 29, The Albuquerque departed homeport for routine operations; Brief stops at November Pier on Oct. 7 and 8th; Moored at November Pier on Oct. 9.

October 16, USS Albuquerque held a decommissioning ceremony at November Pier South, Naval Base Point Loma after more than 32 years of active service.

October 21, SSN 706 departed San Diego for the last time en route to Bremerton, Wash. The Albuquerque will first participate in a Task Group Exercise (TGEX), with the Royal Canadian Navy ships, off the coast of southern California; Brief stop at Mike Pier on Oct. 23.

October 28, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine moored at Delta Pier North on Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton. USS Albuquerque will commence a year-long inactivation process, next year, at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS&IMF).

February 3, 2016 The Albuquerque is inactivated and placed in Reserve (Stand Down) status.

February 27, 2017 USS Albuquerque was officially decommissioned and stricken from the U.S. Naval Vessel Register during a ceremony at the Naval Undersea Warfare Museum in Keyport, Wash.