USS OLYMPIA
SSN 717
  
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The Olympia (SSN 717) is the United States Navy's 104th nuclear powered submarine and the 95th of the attack submarine fleet. She is the 29th of the Los Angeles nuclear powered fast attack submarine class to be delivered to the Navy Submarine fleet. She was christened and launched at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydocking Company in Newport News, Virginia, on April 30, 1983, Mrs. Dorothy Williams servded as sponsor of the ship; and was commissioned on November 17, 1984. In February of 1986, the submarine set sail for her new homeport in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

September 3, 2002 Cmdr. Paul Marconi relieved Cmdr. Robert Brennan as CO of USS Olympia in a change-of-command ceremony on board the sub in Naval Station Pearl Harbor. Since her commisioning the submarine has completed five deployments to the western Pacific including its most recent deployment where the crew directly participated in Operation Enduring Freedom.

April 17, 2003 USS Olympia departed Pearl Harbor for a six-month deployment to conduct operations in the western Pacific.

Upon arrival in 7th Fleet AoR, USS Olympia joined Exercise Tandem Thrust, a tri-service exercise in the western Pacific, in the vicinity of the northern Marianas Islands. She successfully engaged opposition force submarines and earned the nickname "Silent Spear," by exhibiting tactical superiority during operations with the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Strike Group. After port visits to Saipan and Sasebo, Japan, the attack submarine transited to Chinhae, Republic of Korea, for a seven-day port visit.

October 23, USS Olympia returned to homeport after a routine six-month deployment. She supported a variety of operations and exercises throughout the deployment while assigned to the 7th Fleet area of operations in the western Pacific Theater. These included Exercise Tandem Thrust, a tri-service exercise designed to develop interaction between the services, and Exercise SHAREM 146, a major multi-national naval exercise with forward-deployed forces. The Olympia also conducted independent operations and a shallow water acoustic test. The crew visited liberty ports in South Korea, Japan, Guam and Saipan.

February 7, 2005 The Olympia departed for a scheduled western Pacific deployment, as part of the Vinson CSG.

August 6, USS Olympia returned to Pearl Harbor after a six-month underway period. Despite the long hours and many missions, the crew still had time for a little relaxation and visited many ports, including Saipan, Japan, Singapore and Guam. In June, when submarine visited the home of the Republic of Korea’s submarine force in Chinhae, the Korean submariners were gracious hosts, providing tours of their submarines to the crew. Following the port visit, SSN 717 joined the ROK submarine Lee Sun Shin to conduct an exercise. USS Olympia arrived in Guam July 6 for a 10-day repair period alongside the deployed submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40). After completing the upkeep period, she conducted several exercises with another submarine, destroyer and maritime patrol aircraft, culminating in an exercise torpedo firing.

August 10, Cmdr. James Horten relieved Cmdr. Paul Marconi as CO of USS Olympia during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the nuclear-powered attack submarine at Naval Station Pearl Harbor.

September 23, Capt. Joseph E. Tofalo relieved Capt. L. David Marquet as Commander, Submarine Squadron (COMSUBRON) 3, during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the Olympia.

April 1, 2009 USS Olympia completed a three-year, $190.5 million worth, Engineered Refueling Overhaul (ERO) at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.

June 18, 2010 USS Olympia departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

August 16, The Olympia moored at Akasaki Pier in Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, for a two-day port call.

October 10, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine made a brief stop at Okinawa, Japan, for personal trasfer. Brief stop at Sasebo on Oct. 29.

November 5, SSN 717 pulled into Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a routine port call.

December 17, USS Olympia returned to Pearl Harbor after a six-month deployment.

March 4, 2011 Cmdr. Michael J. Boone relieved Cmdr. Michael Coughlin as CO of the USS Olympia during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ex-USS Missouri (BB 63).

December 15, USS Olympia finished undergoing deperming being the first submarine to complete this treatment at the new drive-in submarine magnetic silencing facility (MSF), at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam's Beckoning Point.

August 8, 2012 USS Olympia departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

August 20, The Olympia arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for a four-day port call.

October 4, The nuclear-powered submarine pulled into Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, for a routine port call. Brief stop in Yokosuka on Oct. 30.?

November 29, SSN 717 recently pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port call.?

December 22, USS Olympia moored outboard the USS Frank Cable (AS 40) in Apra Harbor for tender support services.

February 2, 2013 The Olympia moored at Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a scheduled port visit.

March 4, USS Olympia returned to homeport after a seven-month deployment.

August 23, The Olympia departed Pearl Harbor for a day-long VIP cruise.

November 20, 2013 Cmdr. Thomas H. Shugart, III relieved Cmdr. Michael J. Boone as CO of SSN 717 during a change-of-command ceremony at the Battleship Missouri Memorial.

August 25, 2014 USS Olympia departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

September 1, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine moored at Romeo Wharf in Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port call. Brief stop at White Beach, Okinawa, on Sept. 19.

October 17, USS Olympia moored at Akasaki Pier in Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, for a week-long port call.

November 2, SSN 717 moored at Berth 13S in Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a brief port call. Inport Yokosuka again from Nov. 20-24; Inport Sasebo again from Jan. 9-16; Brief stop at Okinawa on Jan. 24.

January 30, 2015 USS Olympia moored at Chinhae Naval Base, Republic of Korea, for a six-day port call before participating in joint naval drills.

February 11, The Olympia moored at Berth 13S, Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a five-day port call.

February 25, USS Olympia returned to Pearl Harbor after a six-month deployment.

May 5, The Olympia entered the Dry Dock #1 at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for a Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA); Undocked and moored at Berth GD 2 on November ?.

May 20, 2016 USS Olympia returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after a three-day underway for sea trials.

May 25, Cmdr. Benjamin J. Selph relieved Cmdr. Thomas H. Shugart, III as the 14th CO of Olympia during a change-of-command ceremony on board the sub at Wharf S11.

July 11, USS Olympia departed Pearl Harbor to participate in at-sea phase of a biennial multinational exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2016, in the Hawaiian Op. Area.