USS HONOLULU SSN 718
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The Honolulu (SSN 718) is the 24th Los Angeles-class attack submarine and is the third U.S. Navy ship named in honor of the city of Honolulu, Hawaii. Her keel was laid down at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia, on November 10, 1981, and she was christened and launched on September 24, 1983, by Mrs. Joan B. Clark; Capt. Robert M. Mitchell is the prospective commanding officer.
July 6, 1985 USS Honolulu was commissioned during a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk's Pier 23 in Norfolk, Va.
July 19, Cmdr. Thomas J. Flanagan relieved Capt. Robert M. Mitchell as CO of the Honolulu.
March 10, 1986 USS Honolulu entered the Newport News shipyard for a five-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). Departed Norfolk for the last time on Aug. 25; Transited Panama Canal on Sept. 6.
September 21, SSN 718 arrived in its new homeport of Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after a four-week transit from Norfolk, Va.
May 12, 1987 USS Honolulu departed Pearl Harbor for its maiden western Pacific deployment.
After 10 days at sea, the Honolulu anchored off the coast of Moen, Truk Islands, for a liberty visit to Micronesia. Lost its anchor and suffered minor damage to its rudder while departing.
June 15, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine departed Apra Harbor, Guam, after two weeks of emergent repairs. Port call to Subic Bay, Philippines, from Aug. 19-23; Upkeep in Yokosuka, Japan, from Aug. 2?- Sept. 8; Port visit to Hong Kong from Sept. 12-16; Inport Yokosuka again from Oct. 13-21.
October 30, USS Honolulu returned to homeport after a five-and-a-half month deployment.
January 7, 1988 The Honolulu entered the dry-dock at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).
May 10, Cmdr. Joseph E. Enright relieved Cmdr. Thomas J. Flanagan as CO of the SSN 718 during a change-of-command ceremony at Pearl Harbor's Pier S-1B.
May 30, USS Honolulu departed Pearl Harbor for a seven-week underway to participate in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) '88 exercise. Port call to San Diego over the 4th of July weekend.
From August 8-30, the Honolulu was underway for Prospective Commanding Officer (PCO) operations, with the USS Louisville (SSN 721), at the Barking Sands range off Kauai, Hawaii; Port visit to Lahaina, Maui, from Aug. 27-30; Emergent rdydocking in September; Underway for acoustic trials in late September; Underway for Anti-Submarine Exercise (ASWEX) from Oct. 17-21 and Tactical Readiness Examination (TRE) from Oct. 24-28; Underway for Pre-Overseas Movement Certification (POMCERT) from Dec. 12-16.
December 27, USS Honolulu departed homeport for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.
January 29, 1989 The nuclear-powered submarine arrived in Yokosuka, Japan, for a 10-day upkeep after conducting classified operations. Inport Subic Bay from Feb. ? through March 9 after participated in a two-week PACSUBASWEX 89-2.
March 1?, The Honolulu moored outboard the USNS Sioux (T-ATF 171) in Hong Kong for a four-day liberty visit.
April 30, SSN 718 moored outboard the USS Proteus (AS 19), while at anchor off Chinhae, Republic of Korea, for a four-day upkeep.
After Chinhae, the Honolulu proceeded to Yokosuka to onload the TB-23 thin-line towed sonar array. Fleet Maintenance Availability (FMAV) with USS Proteus in Apra Harbor, Guam, from June 14-20.
June 27, USS Honolulu returned to Pearl Harbor after a six-month deployment.
From September 9 through Oct. 30, the Honolulu was deployed to northern Pacific.
In December, the Los Angeles-class submarine entered the dry-dock at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard to remove some 50 tons of iron from the main ballast tanks and for work on the AN-BQA-8 hydrophone system and replacement of the AN/BQQ-5 hull array hydrophones.
In late May 1990, the Honolulu was underway for a two-month northern Pacific deployment. Entered the floating dry-dock USS Competente (AFDM 6) in October for a two-month SRA.
March 19, 1991 Cmdr. Jonathan W. Greenert relieved Cmdr. Joseph E. Enright as the 4th commanding officer of Honolulu.
May 23, USS Honolulu departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a scheduled six-month western Pacific deployment. Port calls to Sasebo, Japan; Chinhae, ROK; Yokosuka, Japan; Singapore and Guam.
From January 7-24, 1992, USS Honolulu was underway for local operations. Underway for PCO operations from Jan. 31- Feb. 14; Underway for TRE workups from March 23- April 13; Underway for TRE from April 27-29; Underway for ASWEX and TACDEVEX from May 6-18; Underway for local operations from June 23- July 2; Underway in support of RIMPAC '92 on July 7; Port calls to NSB Point Loma, San Diego; NAS Alameda, San Francisco; NSB Bangor, Washington; Nanoone, British Columbia; and Esquimalt, B.C., Canada; Returned home on Aug. 26.
September 30, SSN 718 entered the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for a 22-month Depot Modernization Period (DMP).
June 27, 1993 Cmdr. David L. Jones relieved Cmdr. Jonathan W. Greenert as CO of the USS Honolulu.
April 7, 1994 The Honolulu departed dry-dock and moved to a pierside location at PHNSY. Underway for sea trials from Aug. 3-10; Underway for UMI from Aug. 30- Sept. 1; Underway for REfresher Training (REFTRA) from Sept. 5-9; Underway for Tactical Wwapons Certification (TWC) workups from Oct. 3-16; Completed TWC from Oct. 16-19.
October 26, USS Honolulu departed Pearl Harbor for eastern Pacific operations. Inport Nanoose, B.C., from Nov. 4-8 before conducting torpedo testing at the Nanoose test range off British Columbia, Canada.
November 10, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine moored at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt, B.C., for a four-day port call before conducting sound trials at the Southeast Alaska Acoustic Measurement Facility (SEAFAC) range in Behm Canal off Ketchikan, Alaska.
November 25, USS Honolulu arrived at Naval Air Station Alameda in San Francisco, Calif., for a five-day port visit. Inport Naval Submarine Base Point Loma in San Diego from Dec. 3-6; Returned home on Dec. 13.
on January 13, 1995, the Honolulu was underway for a VIP cruise for City of Honolulu and University of Honolulu officials. Anchored off Lahaina, Maui, from Jan. 14-17 for a Dependent's Cruise; Underway for weekly ops. and Logistics Readiness Examination from Feb. 23- March 2 and March 6-17; Underway in support of Battle Group operatons from April 17-25; Underway for Tactical Readiness Evaluation (TRE) and POM workups from May 3 through July 5; Underway for Tactical Weapons Proficiency (TWP) from July 10-15; Underway for POMCERT from July 21-28.
August 10, USS Honolulu departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled western Pacific deployment. Port call to Yokosuka, Japan, from Aug. 21-31.
September 8, SSN 718 anchored at Man-O'-War Anchorage in Singapore for an eight-day port call. Anchored off Pattaya Beach, Thailand, from Sept. 19-24; Upkeep in Yokosuka from Oct. 10-28 after participated in exercise Shin Kame 2-95; Upkeep in Guam from Dec. 24- Jan. 8.
January 19, 1996 USS Honolulu arrived in Brisbane, Australia, for a five-day port visit. Returned to homeport on Feb. 7.
May 10, The Honolulu anchored off the coast of Lahaina, Maui, for a four-day port visit as part of a Dependent's Cruise. Underway for a VIP cruise on May 15; Underway in support of RIMPAC '96 from May 20-31 and June 4-17.
June 28, Cmdr. Cecil D. Haney relieved Capt. David L. Jones as CO of the SSN 718.
March 3, 1997 USS Honolulu departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a scheduled western Pacific deployment. Brief stop in Okinawa on May 3.
May 12, The nuclear-powered submarine anchored off Pattaya, Thailand, for a five-day liberty visit after participated in exercise Sea Eagle, in the Gulf of Thailand; Upkeep in Sasebo, Japan, from May 24- June 3; FMAV with USS Frank Cable (AS 40) in Guam from July 29- Aug. 6; Returned to Pearl Harbor on Aug. 27.
October 20, USS Honolulu commenced a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at PHNSY. Upgraded with the new AN-BQS-15 sonar; Underway for sea trials from Jan. 31- Feb. 1, 1998; Underway for local operations from Feb. 5-6; Underway for "721 Club" cruise on March 6.
March 15, SSN 718 departed Pearl Harbor for acoustic trials at SEAFAC range and support services. Inport NSB Bangor, Wash., from March 20-23 for the first ever SSN TLAM loading exercise at the Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific (SWFPAC); Returned home on April 30; Completed ORSE from May 5-6; Underway for Dependent's Cruise to Lahaina, Maui, from May 9-11; In dry-dock from June 4- July 9 for Resin discharge?; Underway for sea trials from July 28-30; Underway for PCO operations from Aug. 2-15.
August 21, The Honolulu anchored off the coast of Kailua Kona, Hawai'i, for a three-day port visit. Underway for a VIP cruise on Aug. 25; Underway for local operations from Sept. 8-14 and Sept. 21- Oct. 5; Underway for sea trials from Nov. 18-22; Underway for local operations from Nov. 30- Dec. 4; Underway for POM workups Dec. 9-13; POMCERT and TRE from Dec. 14-18.
January 4, 1999 USS Honolulu departed homeport for a scheduled western Pacific deployment. Inport Yokosuka, Japan, from Jan. 13-22; Brief stop in Chinhae, ROK, on Feb. 17 and March 23.
April 4, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine moored outboard the USS Frank Cable in Apra Harbor, Guam, for a two-week Fleet Maintenance Availability (FMAV) after participated in exercise Tundem Thrust; Inport White Beach, Okinawa, from April 20-24; Port call to Sasebo, Japan, from May 15-17.
May 24, USS Honolulu anchored off Pattaya, Thailand, for a six-day port visit.
June 7, SSN 718 pulled into Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a two-week upkeep.
June 10, Cmdr. John M. Richardson relieved Cmdr. Cecil D. Haney as commanding officer of the Honolulu.
July 1, USS Honolulu returned to Pearl Harbor after a six-month deployment.
From August 2-19, the Honolulu was underway for ammo offload and in support of CNO project.
October 12, USS Honolulu departed Pearl Harbor for eastern Pacific operations. Inport Bangor, Wash., from Oct. 18-22; Conducted Tomahawk OTL on Oct. 26.
October 27, SSN 718 moored at Naval Submarine Base Point Loma in San Diego, Calif., for a brief port call before supporting the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) BG's FLEETEX; Inport San Diego again from Nov. 8-12; Underway for JTFEX from Nov. 13-17; Returned home on Nov. 23.
September 7, 2000 USS Honolulu departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.
September 18, The Honolulu arrived in Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for a four-day port call. Inport Chinhae, ROK, from Oct. 20-22.
November 2, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine arrived in Naval Base Sasebo, Japan, for a six-day port call after participated in annual joint exercise Foal Eagle, with the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Battle Group and South Korean naval forces.
November 18, SSN 718 pulled again into Yokosuka for a three-day port call after participated in Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) with the JMSDF ships. Upkeep in Yokosuka from Dec. 24- Jan. ?.
August 21, 2002 USS Honolulu departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a six-month deployment, with the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Battle Group, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
April 13, 2003 SSN 718 returned to homeport after a seven-and-a-half month combat deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Port calls to Yokosuka, Japan; Singapore; Thailand; Manama, Bahrain; Perth, Australia; and Sasebo, Japan.
From September through November, the Honolulu was deployed to the Artic Ocean.
June ?, 2004 USS Honolulu departed Pearl Harbor for a surge western Pacific deployment. Returned in October; Port calls to Yokosuka and Singapore.
October 21, Cmdr. John K. Russ relieved Cmdr. Charles K. Harris as commanding officer of the USS Honolulu during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the sub at Naval Station Pearl Harbor.
May 13, 2006 USS Honolulu departed homeport for its 10th and final western Pacific deployment.
October 7, USS Honolulu is currently in Hong Kong for one of the last western Pacific port visits.
October 28, SSN 718 arrived in Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Wash., completing its final patrol. The submarine is inactivated and placed in reserve on Nov. 1.
Due to the extensive damage to the bow section of USS San Francisco (SSN 711), caused by a severe grounding in 2005, the bow was replaced with that of Honolulu. USS Honolulu is currently in dry-dock at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., and is being cut up.
November 2, 2007 USS Honolulu was officially decommissioned and stricken from the U.S. Naval Vessel Register.