USS BUFFALO
SSN 715
  
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The Buffalo (SSN 715) is the U.S. Navy's 25th Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine. Her keel was laid down on January 25, 1980, and she began her waterborne career on May 8, 1982, when she was launched by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company in Newport News, Virginia. She was commissioned on November 5, 1983, in Norfolk, Virginia, and one year later conducted an interfleet transfer to the Pacific Fleet Submarine Force via the Panama Canal.

May 10, 2000 Cmdr. Ronald M. Gero, Jr., relieved Cmdr. Ralph C. Ward as commanding officer of the Buffalo.

July 14, 2001 USS Buffalo departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled western Pacific deployment. Port call to White Beach, Okinawa, from July 23-24 before participating in exercise SHAREM 138; Upkeep at Yokosuka, Japan, from Aug. 5-12.

September 5, The Buffalo pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a week-long port call to onload Dry Dock Shelter to conduct several weeks of DDS operations with the Seal Delivery Vehicle Team One (SDVT-1) and members of Naval Special Warfare Unit One and deployed personnel from Seal Team One; Inport Guam again from Sept. 17-19, Sept. 22-24, Sept. 29- Oct. 2, Oct. 5-11, Oct. 30- Nov. 2, Nov. 5-9 and Nov. 12-19.

November 22, SSN 715 arrived in Naval Base Yokosuka for a week-long upkeep.

January 11, USS Buffalo returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.

May 29, The Buffalo entered the Dry Dock #1 at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY&IMF) for a 29-month Engineered Refueling Overhaul (ERO); Departed dry-dock on Nov. 14, 2003; Underway for sea trials from Nov. 15-23, 2004; underway for INSRV inspection from Dec. 1-3; Underway for KILOEX with UDD Greeneville (SSN 772) from Dec. 8-17.

May 20, 2005 Cmdr. Brian N. Humm relieved Cmdr. Ronald M. Gero, Jr., as CO of the Buffalo during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the sub at Pearl Harbor.

November 14, In a first for the U.S. Navy, an underwater glider was launched with the aid of Navy divers from the Dry Deck Shelter aboard the Buffalo. The glider is a uniquely mobile network component capable of moving to specific locations and depths and gathering various information, which is transmitted on a predetermined interval when it surfaces to computers via a built-in satellite phone.

June 12, 2006 USS Buffalo departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

June 21, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine pulled into Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for a routine port call.

December 12,USS Buffalo returned to Pearl Harbor after a six-month deployment. She also visited Guam, Hong Kong and Saipan.

July 9, 2007 The departed Pearl Harbor for its new homeport of Naval Base Guam.

July 15, 2008 Capt. Doug Wright relieved Capt. Phillip Sawyer as Commander, Submarine Squadron (COMSUBRON) 15 during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the Buffalo at Polaris Point.

October 4, USS Buffalo pulled to Busan, Republic of Korea, for a routine port call in conjunction with the International Fleet Review hosted by the Republic of Korea Navy.

August 1, 2009 Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard (PHNS) completed a Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA) on the Buffalo July 22, seven days before the chief of naval operations' (CNO) completion date.

August 7, Cmdr. Christopher Henry relieved Cmdr. Scott W. Pappano as CO of USS Buffalo.

December 20, Capt. Douglas E. Wright, Commodore of Submarine Squadron 15, fired Cmdr. Christopher Henry due to a "loss of confidence in his ability to command." Henry's Deputy, Cmdr. Michael D. Lewis has taken over command of the USS Buffalo which is currently under going maintenance in Guam.

April 30, 2010 Cmdr. Richard E. Seif relieved Capt. Michael D. Lewis as commanding officer of the Buffalo during a ceremony at the Joint Region Marianas Base Theater.

May 17, SSN 715 recently arrived in Thailand to participate in the second phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise.

October 21, USS Buffalo pulled into Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a routine port call. The Los Angeles-class submarine departed Guam in late August for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

July 25, 2011 USS Buffalo returned to homeport after a two-month deployment.

November 3, The Buffalo returned to Naval Base Guam after a three-week underway period.

December 12, SSN 715 arrived in Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, for a brief stop; Inport Sasebo again from Dec. 14-16.

July 17, 2012 USS Buffalo pulled into Changi Naval Base for a five-day port call before participating in at-sea phase of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore.

July 29, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine pulled into Laem Chabang Port for a scheduled port visit to Pattaya, Thailand, and to get tender support services from USS Emory S. Land (AS 39); Brief stop at White Beach, Okinawa, on Aug. 10; Brief stop at Sasebo, Japan, on Aug. 13.

August 27, The Buffalo arrived in Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan, for a routine port call.

September 28, USS Buffalo returned to homeport after its final, eleven-week, western Pacific deployment while forward deployed to Guam.

January 18, 2013 SSN 715 arrived in its new homeport of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, after a week-long transit from Apra Harbor, Guam.

February 1, Cmdr. Brian L. Tothero relieved Cmdr. Richard E. Seif as CO of the Buffalo during a change-of-command ceremony on board the sub.

July 8, 2014 USS Buffalo departed Pearl Harbor to participate in at-sea phase of a multinational exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. The Buffalo recently completed a 17-month shpyard availability.

In September 2015, the Buffalo was underway in support of the Submarine-Launched Mobile Mine Exercise (SLMM-Ex), at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) Barkinng Sands Op. Area, off the coast of Kauai, Hawaii.

October 6, Cmdr. Micah D. Maxwell relieved Cmdr. Brian L. Tothero as CO of the USS Buffalo during a change-of-command ceremony on board the sub at Berth S8 in Pearl Harbor.

May 23, 2016 USS Buffalo departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

July 16, The Buffalo moored at Berth 5, Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a six-day port visit before participating in at-sea phase of CARAT exercise; Participated in at-sea phase of CARAT Indonesia, in the Bali Sea and Lombok Strait, from Aug. 3-7.

September 8, SSN 715 recently pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, to get tender support services from USS Emory S. Land.