USS NORFOLK SSN 714
The Norfolk (SSN 714) is 27th Los Angeles-class attack submarine and the third ship of the U.S. Navy to be named for Norfolk, Virginia. The contract to build her was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia, on February 20, 1976, and her keel was laid down on August 1, 1979. She was christened and launched on October 31, 1981. Mrs. Jane Weinberger, the wife of Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Kenneth R. Karr is the prospective commanding officer.
May 21, 1983 USS Norfolk was commissioned during a ceremony at Newport News, Va.
July 23, 1988 The Norfolk fired the first ADCAP torpedo, sinking the USS Jonas Ingram (DD 938).
January 17, 1989 USS Norfolk collided with USS San Diego (AFS 6) off Cape Charles Light, Va.. There were no injuries, but both vessels sustained damage. The two ships, headed to the Atlantic Ocean for routine maneuvers, were just west of the southbound lanes of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, about four miles north of Little Creek, when they hit each other.
January 20, Vice Adm. Roger Bacon, Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic (COMSUBLANT) relieved of command CO Cmdr. John K. Harrop due to a "loss of confidence in his ability to command." Cmdr. William Helfen assumed temporary command of the USS Norfolk. SSN 714 recently entered the dry-dock at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., for emergent repairs.
August 26, 2004 USS Norfolk, commanded by Capt. David J. Herman, returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a 22-month Engineered Refueling Overhaul (ERO) at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.
November 7, 2005 USS Norfolk, commanded by Cmdr. Scott Adams, departed her namesake homeport for a six-month deployment, with the USS Nassau (LHA 4) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
November 21, SSN 714 moored outboard the USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) in La Maddalena, Italy, for a week-long Fleet Maintenance Availability (FMAV).
January 16, 2006 The Norfolk moored at Mina Salman Pier in Manama, Bahrain, for a week-long interlude docking for crew liberty and mid-deployment maintenance after spending the past several months conducting maritime security operations (MSO) in the region.
March 17, The nuclear-powered submarine arrived in Jebel Ali, U.A.E., for a brief port call.
May 7, USS Norfolk returned to homeport after a six-month deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
July 6, Cmdr. Troy S. Jakcson relieved Cmdr. Scott Adams as CO of USS Norfolk during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk.
December 28, 2007 USS Norfolk departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Central Command AoO.
April 23, 2008 The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine participated in a joint anti-submarine warfare exercise Arabian Shark, in the North Arabian Sea, from April 15-17.
May 21, USS Norfolk, along with USS Ross (DDG 71), USS Curts (FFG 38) and Pakistani Navy ships PNS Badr (D-184), PNS Shahjahan (D-186), and PNS Nasr (A-47), concluded exercise Inspired Union 2008 in the North Arabian Sea.
June 10, SSN 714 departed Souda Bay, Crete, after a three-day port call.
June 28, USS Norfolk returned home after a six-month deployment. She also visited Rota, Spain; Manama, Bahrain; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; Aqaba, Jordan; and Augusta Bay, Italy.
September 22, The Los Angeles-class submarine returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a three-day Tiger Cruise with fifteen family members.
August 14, 2009 Cmdr. Douglas A. Jordan relieved Cmdr. Troy S. Jackson as commanding officer of SSN 714.
March 5, 2010 USS Norfolk departed homeport for a six-month deployment.
September 6, The Norfolk returned to its namesake city after traveled 34,000 n.m. and visited ports of Toulon, France; Fujairah, U.A.E.; Diego Garcia; Manama, Bahrain; and Augusta Bay, Italy.
June 2, 2011 Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) completed a Continuous Maintenance Availability (CMAV) for USS Norfolk one week early, returning the submarine to the Fleet May 27. SSN 714 arrived Jan. 12 for a scheduled maintenance work on the internal tanks, vibration reducer, fair-water planes, and significant upgrades to the sonar systems.
August 25, USS Norfolk departed Naval Station Norfolk to avoid the approaching Category 3 Hurricane Irene.
November 18, Cmdr. Gregory M. Zettler relieved Cmdr. Douglas A. Jordan as the 16th CO of SSN 714 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the sub at Norfolk.
May 1, 2012 USS Norfolk departed Norfolk for a scheduled Middle East deployment.
October 4, The Los Angeles-class submarine returned to Mediterranean Sea after transiting Suez Canal.
November 3, USS Norfolk returned to homeport after traveled more than 30,000 n.m. and port calls to Haifa, Israel; Limassol, Cyprus; Diego Garcia; and Manama, Bahrain.
February ?, 2014 USS Norfolk departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment.
July 29, SSN 714 transited the Suez Canal northbound, escorted by USS Truxtun (DDG 103).
August 14, The Norfolk moored at East NATO Fuel Pier in Portinho da Costa, Portugal, for a four-day liberty port visit to Lisbon.
August 26, USS Norfolk returned to homeport after completing its final six-month deployment before being inactivated next year. The sub traveled more than 30,000 n.m. and also made port calls to Rota, Spain; Hidd, Bahrain; and Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates.
September 10, Cmdr. Christopher J. Polk relieved Cmdr. Gregory M. Zettler as the final CO of Norfolk.
December 11, USS Norfolk held a decommissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk after more than 30 years of active service.
December 15, SSN 714 is inactivated and placed in Reserve (Stand Down) status.
January 9, 2015 The Norfolk arrived in Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, for a year-long inactivation process.
November 13, USS Norfolk was officially decommissioned and stricken from the U.S. Naval Vessel Register.
April 19, 2016 The ex-USS Norfolk departed Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, under tow by USNS Apache (T-ATF 172), en route to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash., to be scraped; Transited the Panama Canal on May 4; Moored at N/S/I Mike Pier on Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego, Calif., on May 18; Underway, under tow by USNS Sioux (T-ATF 171), on June 1?; Moored at Delta Pier on Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton on June 24.