USS PROVIDENCE
SSN 719
  
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The Providence (SSN 719) is the 32nd Los Angeles-class attack submarine and the fifth ship of the United States Navy to be named for Providence, Rhode Island. She is a Flight III boat, the first of the 688's with the Vertical Launch System (VLS) installed. For these later Los Angeles-class submarines, the reactor doesn't need to be refueled, with the service life of approx. 30 years.

The keel was laid down on October 14, 1982, at General Dynamics - Electric Boat Division in Groton, Connecticut.

August 4, 1984 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Providence was christened was launched during a ceremony at Electric Boat shipyard in Groton. Mrs. Jean W. Smith, the wife of former attorney general ot the United States William W. Smith, served as sponsor of the ship. Capt. Emil D. Morrow is the prospective commanding officer.

July 27, 1985 USS Providence was commissioned during a ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, CT.

October 11, Cmdr. Terrence N. Tehan relieved Capt. Emid D. Morrow as CO of the Providence.

February 7, 1986 USS Providence commenced a four-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) at Electric Boat shipyard.

From June 21- July 5, SSN 719 was underway for ASWEX 4-86 and USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Battle Group operations; Underway for FLEETEX 2-86 from July 14-26; Inport Naval Weapons Station Earl, N.J., for a VLS handling certification from Aug. 27-29; Port call to Port Everglades, Fla., from Sept. 8-11; Returned home on Sept. 14; Underway for routine training from Oct. 20- Nov. 6; Underway for local operations from Dec. 8-12 and Jan. 5-10; Inport NWS Earle from Jan. 9-10 for weapons onload; Two-day drydocking in mid-January for AN/BQN 17 fathometer hydrophone cable emergent repairs.

February 2, 1987 USS Providence departed Groton, Conn., for its maiden deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR).

March 20, The Providence arrived in submarine base Holy Loch, Scotland, for a brief port call to replace failed towed array after participating in a multinational Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise (ASWEX) 2-87; Brief stop at Gibralatar, BCC, on March 28.

March 31, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine pulled into La Maddalena, Italy, for a nine-day port call to get tender support services from USS Orion (AS 18). Port call to Naples, Italy, from April 10-13; Upkeep at La Maddalena from May 26- June 14.

June 19, The Providence pulled into Augusta Bay, Sicily, Italy, for a two-day port call.

June 24 USS Providence moored alongside USS William V. Pratt (DDG 41) for a five-day port visit to Cartagena, Spain. The first ever SSN 688-class to DDG mooring; Brief stop in Naples on July 1; Upkeep at La Maddalena, Italy, from July 2-10.

July 21, USS Providence returned to homeport after five-and-a-half month deployment.

September 8, SSN 719 departed NSB New London to participate in ASWEX 4-87 with USS Augusta (SSN 710). Inport Earle, New Jersey, from Sept. 22-23 for weapons offload.

September 26, The Providence entered the floating dry-dock USS Shippingport (ARDM 4) for a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Underway for sea trials from Nov. 18-20; Underway for testing at AUTEC range from Nov. 30- Dec. 15; Port call to Port Everglades, Fla., from Dec. 6-8.

From January 28 through Feb. 11, 1988, USS Providence was underway for routine training in the Atlantic Underwater Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) range, off Andros Island, Bahamas. Port visit to Port Everglades from Jan. 31- Feb. 4.

May 28, The nuclear-powered submarine arrived at St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, for a four-day visit. Port call Port Canaveral, Fla., for Vertical Launch System (VLS) loading operations and testing from June 9-13; Inport Port Canaveral again from June 22-26.

July 1, USS Providence pulled into Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, for a three-day port call. Returned home on July 13 after a seven-week underway period. Underway again for VLS testing from July 25- Aug. 13; Inport Port Canaveral from July 29-31; Underway for VLS Operational Evaluation from Aug. 26- Sept. 26; Underway for Prospective Commanding Officer (PCO) operations in the AUTEC range and Puerto Rican Op. Area from Oct. 26- Nov. 16.

November 23, Cmdr. Glennon L. Sieve relieved Cmdr. Terrence N. Tehan as commanding officer of SSN 719; Underway in support of CNO Project 945 and magnetic deperming from Nov 29- Dec. 18.

May 5, 1989 USS Providence departed Naval Submarine Base New London for a three-month northern Atlantic deployment.

July 12, The Providence arrived in Holy Loch, Scotland, for a brief port call. Inport Portsmouth, England, from July 14-20.

July 29, SSN 719 pulled into Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, for a four-day port visit. Returned to Groton on Aug. 5.

From Sept. 26- Oct. 7, USS Providence was underway for Operational Reactor Safeguard Examination (ORSE) workup. Underway for Automatic Direction Finding (ADF) system operational evaluation in the Virginia Capes Op. Area from Oct. 23-27.

October 31, The Providence commenced a 10-week Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Underway for sea trials from Jan. 8-10, 1990; Underway for local operations from Jan. 16-19; Underway for fleet services and Tactical Development Exercise (TDE) from Jan. 23- Feb. 12; Underway for sea trials from March 20-21; Underway for Pre-Overseas Movement (POM) workup from April 2-6; Underway for POM Certification from April 16-20.

April 25, USS Providence departed homeport for a scheduled Mediterranean deployment. Anchored off the coast of Alexandria, Egypt, due to bad weather from May 10-11; Brief stop at Alexandria on May 16; Brief stop in Augusta Bay, Italy, on May 18.

June 1, SSN 719 pulled into La Maddalena, Sardinia, for a 12-day upkeep. Brief port call to Augusta Bay on June 15.

June 25, USS Providence arrived in Lisbon, Portugal, for a three-day port visit. Inport Toulon, France, from July 13-19.

July 27, The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine arrived again at Naval Support Activity La Maddalena for a 10-day port visit to conduct repairs to MS-1. Another upkeep at La Maddalena from Aug. 28- Sept. 24.

September 28, The Providence arrived in Gibraltar, British Crown Colony, for a three-day port call.

October 12, USS Providence returned to Groton after five-and-a-half month deployment.

From Dec. 10-19, the Providence was underway for Mk 50 torpedo exercise in the Gulf of Maine.

From January 10 through Feb. 23, 1991, USS Providence was underway for support services, ASWEX 1-91, acoustic trials at Exuma Sound range and in support of Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) project 1258, Port calls to Port Canaveral on Jan. 13 and Jan. 30- Feb. 9; In dry-dock USS Shippingport from March 20-27; Underway for routine training on March 30; Anchored off Nassau, Bahamas, on April 15; Returned home on April 26; Underway for routine traninig from May 13-17; In dry-dock from May 20-24; Underway for local operations from June 24-27.

June 28, SSN 719 departed NSB New London for a Dependent's Day Cruise. Underway for POMCERT on July 1; Commenced western Atlantic deployment on July 22; Returned home on Sept. 19.

October 11, Cmdr. David M. McCall relieved Cmdr. Glennon L. Sieve as the 4th CO of USS Providence; Underway for Independent Steaming Operations (ISO) from Nov. 12-24; Inport NWS Earle from Dec. 4-5; Underway for coordinated training from Dec. 9-13.

January 10, 1992 USS Providence departed homeport for Tactical Readiness Evaluation (TRE), Tactical Weapons Proficiency (TWP) in the AUTEC range and ASWEX 1-92.

January 24, The Providence pulled into Port Canaveral, Fla., for a six-day port call to conduct A-6 testing for Depot Modernization Period (DMP). Returned home on on Feb. 4; Underway for sea trials from March 16-20; underway for routine training from March 23-26 and March 30- April 3; Underway for TWP on April 13.

April 17, The nuclear-powered submarine pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a four-day port visit to Ft. Lauderdale before participating in SECEX 1-92 and ASWEX; Brief stop at NSB Kings Bay on April 24; Returned home on April 30; Underway for Refresher Training (REFTRA) from June 16-18.

June 26, SSN 719 pulled into Port Canaveral for a ten-day port call. Underway for REFTRA from Aug. 10-13 and Dependent's Cruise on Aug. 14.

August 28, The Providence arrived in Halifax, Canada, for a three-day port visit.

September 16, USS Providence arrived at Charleston Naval Shipyard in Charleston, S.C., for a 13-month Depot Modernization Period (DMP). Underway for sea trials from Oct. 5-12, 1993; Returned to Groton, Conn., on Oct. 22; Underway for acoustic trials at Exuma Sound off Bahamas from Nov. 15-24; Underway for sonar certification in the Narragansett Bay Op .Area from Nov. 29- Dec. 6.

From January 19-20, 1994, the Providence was underway for Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment. Underway for weapons trials from Jan. 31- Feb. 22 at Exuma Sound range; Port call to Port Canaveral from Feb. 4-8.

February 25, Cmdr. John A. Halsema relieved Cmdr. David M. McCall as CO of SSN 719 during a change-of-command ceremony at NSB New London. Underway for Independent Steaming Exercises (ISE) from March 7-11; Underway for ORSE workup from April 18- May 3 and ORSE from May 5-6; Underway for ISE from May 9-13; Underway for sea trials from July 18-22; Underway for POM workup from July 25- Aug. 2; Underway for POMCERT from Aug. 8-12.

From August 31 through Oct. 15, USS Providence was deployed to western and northern Atlantic. Port call to Tromso, Norway, from Sept. 22-28; Underway for POM workup and sea trials from Dec. 1-5; Underway for POMCERT from Dec. 12-16.

January 5, 1995 USS Providence departed Naval Submarine Base New London for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR.

February 11, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine pulled into Toulon Naval Base for a four-day visit to France. Port call to Naples, Italy, from Feb. 17-20.

February 21, USS Providence arrived in La Maddalena, Italy, for a nine-day port call to get tender support services from USS Simon Lake (AS 33). Port call to Souda Bay, Greece, from March 6-11; Upkeep at La Maddalena from April 19-28.

May 3, SSN 719 pulled into Brest, France, for a five-day port visit.

May 26, USS Providence returned to homeport after a nearly five-month underway period.

From July 25-28, the Providence was underway for MFAI testing in the Narragandsett Bay OPAREA. Underway for routine training in AUTEC range from July 31- Aug. 9; Underway for Dependent's Cruise on Aug. 15 and 17th; underway for support services on Sept. 19.

September 29, USS Providence pulled into Halifax, N.S., for a four-day port visit after participating in exercise with the Canadian navy. Returned home on Oct. 9; Underway for ORSE workup from Nov. 6-10, 13-19th and ORSE examination from Nov. 20-21; Underway for sonar calibration from Dec. 11-14.

From March 11-23, 1996, SSN 719 was underway for sonar testing. Underway for local operations and TRE from March 27- April 5; Underway for sonar certification from May 20-24; Underway for POM workup from May 28-31; Underway for POMCERT from June 11-15.

June 26, USS Providence departed Groton for a scheduled northern Atlantic deployment. Port call to Tromso, Norway, from Aug. 31- Sept. 3.

November 8, Cmdr. Richard A. Medley relieved Cmdr. John A. Halsema as commanding officer of the Providence.

January 7, 1997 The Los Angeles-class attack submarine departed homeport for a three-day underway to conduct sea trials. Underway for testing at AUTEC from Jan. 13- Feb. 18; Port call to Port Everglades, Fla., from Jan. 27-30; Underway for Battle Group operations from aptil 16- May 2; Port call to Roosevelt Roads, P.R., from April 25-27; Underway for routine training from June 3-14; Underway for support services and ISE from Sept. 22- Oct. 7; Underway for Battle Group operations from Oct. 27- Nov. 25; Port calls to Roosevelt Roads on Nov. 3 and from Nov. 7-9.

February 26, 1998 USS Providence departed homeport for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR. Entered the Arabian Gulf on March 15.

March 21, The Providence pulled into Manama, Bahrain, for a four-day port call. Port visits to Dubai, U.A.E., (April 8-12); Manama (April 25-29); Jebel Ali, U.A.E., (May 17-26 and July 7-13).

August 5, The nuclear-powered submarine pulled into Toulon, France, for a six-day port visit. Port call to Gibraltar from Aug. 13-18.

August 26, USS Providence returned to NSB New London after a six-month deployment.

From Nov. 2-13, the Providence was underway for services and ISE. Underway again for EER and ORSE from Nov. 16-24; Underway for services from Dec. 1-7; Underway for local operations from March 1-6, 1999.

March 11, Cmdr. Scott B. Bawden relieved Cmdr. Richard A. Medley as CO of SSN 719.

From March 18- April 9, USS Providence was underway for Torpedo Exercise (TORPEX) and TRE in the AUTEC range. Inport Port Canaveral from April 2-5; Underway for REFTRA from June 2-4; Underway for local operations from June 7-25.

July 16, The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine pulled into Port Canaveral, Fla., for a three-day port call. Returned home on July 25; Underway for Dependent's Day Cruise on July 28; Underway for TORPEX in the Boston OPAREA from Sept. 12-20.

From September 24 through Oct. 28, the Providence was underway for ASWEX and Comprehensive Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) in the Puerto Rican Op. Area with the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Battle Group; Inport Roosevelt Roads from Oct. 8-12; Underway for ISE and ORSE from Nov. 7-11.

From Jan. 19- Feb. 7, 2000, USS Providence was underway again in the Puerto Rican OPAREA. Inport Port Canaveral from Feb. 2-4; Underwya for TWS from March 7-29; Port calls to NSB Kings Bay from March 17-19 and 22-25th; Underway for support services and TORPEX from April 4-25; Inport Port Canaveral from April 14-18.

May 2, SSN 719 entered the Medium Auxiliary Repair Dry Dock USS Oakridge (ARDM 1) for a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Departed dry-dock on July 12; Underway for sea trials from July 28-30; Underway for MK48 ADCAP exercise with USS Hampton (SSN 767) in the Boston Op. Area from Aug. 2-14; Underway for local operations on Sept. 12; Port call to Halifax, N.S., from Sept. 25-29; Underway for ISE, PCO operations and ORSE from Oct. 19- Nov. 3; In dry-dock Shippingport from Nov. 29- Dec .7; Underway for sound trials from Dec. 15-22.

From January 16-19, 2001, the Providence was underway for Battle Group operations.

February 26, The nuclear-powered submarine departed homeport for COMPTUEX, TORPEX and ISE in the Cherry Point and Puerto Rican Op. Areas. Arrived in Naval Station Roosevelt Roads on March 15 for emergent repairs; Returned to Groton on March 30.

April 26, USS Providence departed Naval Submarine Base New London for a scheduled deployment as part of the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) BG.

May 11, The Providence arrived in Toulon Naval Base for a six-day visit to France. Upkeep at La Maddalena, Italy, from May 18-29.

June 1, USS Providence anchored off the coast of Cartagena, Spain, for a four-day port visit. Port call to Rota, Spain, from June 7-10 before participating in Tapon exercise with the Spanish Navy through June 22.

July 20, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine pulled again into La Maddalena for a two-day port call to get tender support services from USS Emory S. Land (AS 39).

August 5, The Providence arrived in Manama, Bahrain, for an eight-day port call. Another visit to Manama from Sept. 6-7 to onload Tomahawk missiles; Supported Operation Enduring Freedom from Sept. 7 through mid-October; Upkeep at La Maddalena, Sardinia, from Oct. 28- Nov. 1.

November 15, USS Providence returned to Groton, Conn., after a nearly five-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility.

December 22, Cmdr. Jonathan H. Kan relieved Cmdr. Scott B. Bawden as CO of the Providence during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London's Shepherd of the Sea chapel.

From January 7-17, 2003, SSN 719 was underway for Pre-Overseas Movement (POM) workup.

February 10, USS Providence departed Naval Submarine Base New London (SUBASE) for a surge deployment to the Mediterranean Sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Brief stop at Gibraltar, British overseas teritory, on Feb. 17 and Augusta Bay, Sicily, on Feb. 21; Brief stop at Limassol, Cyprus, on March 3 to MEDEVAC Chief of the Boat.

March 9, The Providence moored alongside USS Emory S. Land for a brief port call to Souda Bay, Crete. Transited Suez Canal on March 18.

From March 20-23, USS Providence launched Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs), from the Red Sea, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Returned to Mediterranean on March 26 after firing 24 TLAMs.

March 29, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine pulled again into Naval Support Activity Souda Bay for a week-long port call to get tender support services from the Emory S. Land; Onloaded 25 Tomahawks; Another upkeep at Souda Bay from April 29- May 19; Brief stop at La Maddalena on June 12.

June 17, USS Providence arrived in Koper, Slovenia, for a six-day port visit. Port call to Souda Bay, Greece, from June 27-30.

July 3, SSN 719 moored alongside Emory S. Land one more time for a 15-day upkeep at La Maddalena, Italy. Port call to Gibraltar from July 24-28.

August 9, USS Providence returned to homeport after a six-month combat deployment.

October 29, USS Providence entered the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, for the U.S. Navy's first-ever Engineered Overhaul (EOH) for an attack submarine. This included maintenance and several system upgrades with an estimated total cost of $160 million; Entered the Dry Dock #1 on Nov. 22.

During the around-the-world deployment in 2006, USS Providence participated in Indo-U.S. joint exercise MALABAR '06, from Oct. 24- Nov. 5, in the Indian Ocean. Port visits included Singapore; Yokosuka and Okinawa, Japan; and Goa, India.

July 2, 2007 USS Providence pulled into Bristol, R.I., to participate in New England Navy Week.

June 12, 2008 SSN 719 recently visited its namesake city in Rhode Island for a "USS Providence Day" celebration.

July 1, USS Providence commemorated the 50th anniversary of the first submarine polar transit by the USS Nautilus (SSN 571) in 1958, by breaking through the ice at the North Pole in the Arctic Ocean, while en route to the U.S. 7th Fleet AoR.

July 16, The Providence recently arrived in Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for a nine-day upkeep. Brief stop at Okinawa in late July.

December 18, USS Providence returned to Groton after a six-month deployment.

January 15, 2009 U.S. Navy awarded General Dinamics Electric Boat a $35 million contract to perform a routine maintenance and modernization work on the Providence. Under the terms of the contract, Electric Boat will perform a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA), which consists of repairs, maintenance work, alterations and several major systems upgrades. The work is expected to be completed by September.

February 6, Cmdr. Raymond Gabriel relieved Capt. Michael Holland as commanding officer of USS Providence during a ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London's Shepherd of the Sea chapel.

October 8, 2010 USS Providence departed Groton for a scheduled deployment.

November 3, SSN 719 pulled into Aksaz Naval Base for a five-day visit to Marmaris, Turkey.

March 19, 2011 The Providence launched its first Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs), after 8 p.m. local time in the Mediterranean Sea, in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn.

March 24, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine moored at Her Majesty Naval Base (HMNB) Gibraltar, British overseas teritory, for a four-day port call.

April 8, USS Providence returned to Naval Submarine Base New London after a six-month deployment. She lauched a total of 12 TLAM's in support of OOD.

April 28, Cmdr. Michael G. Quan relieved Cmdr. Raymond Gabriel as CO of the Providence during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London's Shepherd of the Sea chapel.

August 26, The Providence emergency sortied from NSB New London to avoid the Hurricane Irene.

August 10, 2012 USS Providence departed homeport for a scheduled deployment.

March 19, 2013 SSN 719 returned to Groton, Conn., after more than a seven-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR. She steamed more than 38,400 nautical miles and made port calls to Haifa, Israel; Manama, Bahrain; Jebel Ali, U.A.E.; and Rota, Spain.

In early August, the Providence became the first submarine to launch an Experimental Fuel Cell Unmanned Aerial System, while submerged at the Atlantic Underwater Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) range. The EFC UAS was fired from the submarine's torpedo tube using a Sea Robin launch vehicle system that was designed to fit within an empty Tomahawk launch canister (TLC).

August 21, Cmdr. Antony S. Grayson relieved Cmdr. Michael G. Quan as CO of the Providence during a change-of-command ceremony on board the sub at NSB New London.

September 26, General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp. was awarded a $25,7 million firm-fixed-priced contract for the USS Providence Drydocking Continuous Maintenance Availability (D-CMAV). The work is expected to be completed by April 2014.

September 12, 2015 The Providence transited the New Suez Canal northbound, escorted by USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98); Participated in Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) exercise Dynamic Manta 15, in the Ionian Sea, in mid-September.

October 9, USS Providence returned to NSB New London after a six-month Middle East deployment. The sub traveled more than 32,000 nautical miles and made port calls to Duqm, Oman; Hidd, Bahrain; Toulon, France; and Rota, Spain.

December 4, USS Providence arrived in Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, for a Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA).

February 16, 2016 Cmdr. Jason D. Grizzle relieved Cmdr. Antony S. Grayson as commanding officer of the SSN 719.