USS PITTSBURGH SSN 720
USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720), a Los Angeles-class submarine, was the fourth ship of the U.S. Navy to be named for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Conn., on April 16, 1979, and her keel was laid down on April 15, 1983. She was launched on December 8, 1984, sponsored by Mrs. George Sawyer, and commissioned on November 23, 1985, with Cmdr. Raymond Setser in command.
January 5, 2003 The Pittsburgh recently departed Manama, Bahrain, after a routine port call.
March 20, USS Pittsburgh launched its first Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) on targets in Iraq.
April 6, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine moored outboard the USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) in Souda Bay, Crete, for a four-day port call to get tender support services.
April 27, USS Pitsburgh returned to Groton after a seven-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The sub departed in October 2002 for a scheduled deployment in the Mediterranean Sea, with the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Battle Group.
September 19, Cmdr. David J. Hahn relieved Cmdr. Jeffrey S. Currer as CO of the Pittsburgh during a change of command ceremony on board the sub at Naval Submarine Base New London.
October 21, USS Pittsburgh launched a Tactical Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile from the Atlantic sea range east of Jacksonville, Fla., to the test range at Eglin Air Force Base. The Tomahawk completed its fully guided 818-nautical mile flight using Terrain Contour Matching navigation. When the Tomahawk safely made it to the recovery site, its parachute recovery system was activated as planned.
April 1, 2005 The nuclear-powered attack submarine arrived in Portsmouth Naval Shipyard at Kittery, Maine, for a 16-month Engineered Overhaul (EOH).
April 28, 2008 SSN 720 arrived in Port Everglades, Fla., for a Navy Fleet Week.
February 4, 2009 USS Pittsburgh returned to Groton after a scheduled six-month deployment in the U.S. Southern Command and African Command Areas of Responsibility (AoR).
June 19, Cmdr. Michael K. Savageaux relieved Cmdr. Andrew C. Jarrett as CO of the Pittsburgh during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London's Shepherd of the Sea chapel.
September 28, 2010 USS Pittsburgh arrived in Portsmouth, England, for a scheduled port visit.
October 15, SSN 720 returned to Groton, Conn., after more than six-month deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR. During the underway period, the Los Angeles-class attack submarine traveled 30,000 miles and visited ports of Faslane, Scotland; Haakonsvern, Norway; and Brest, France.
March 9, 2011 The Pittsburgh pulled into Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay for a routine port call.
December ?, USS Pittsburgh departed homeport for a scheduled Middle East deployment.
April 22, 2012 The Los Angeles-class attack submarine is currently assigned to Commander, Task Force (CTF) 54, which commands U.S. submarine forces and coordinates theater-wide anti-submarine warfare in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR).
June 27, USS Pittsburgh returned to Naval Submarine Base New London after a six-month deployment.
August 3, Cmdr. Michael P. Ward, II relieved Cmdr. Michael K. Savageaux as CO of the SSN 720 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the sub in Groton.
August 10, Capt. Vernon J. Parks, Jr., Commander, Submarine Development Squadron (SUBDEVRON) 12, relieved of duty Cmdr. Michael Ward "due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command." Cmdr. Savageaux assumed temporary command of the Pittsburgh.
September 5, USS Pittsburgh recently entered the newly restored auxiliary floating dry-dock USS Shippingport (ARDM 4) at NSB New London for a 10-month Extended Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (E-DSRA).
December 10, Cmdr. William E. Solomon, III relieved Cmdr. Michael K. Savageaux as CO of the Pittsburgh.
February 26, 2013 The Los Angeles-class attack submarine moved from dry-dock to a pierside location at Naval Submarine Base New London. Completed availability on Aug. 15.
May 12, 2015 USS Pittsburgh returned to Groton after a six-month North Atlantic deployment. She steamed more than 30,000 nautical miles and made port calls to Haakonsvern, Norway; Rota, Spain; and Faslane, Scotland.
November 6, Cmdr. James N. Colston relieved Cmdr. William E. Solomon, III as CO of the SSN 720 during a change-of-command ceremony at the NSB New London.
January 20, 2016 The Pittsburgh departed Naval Submarine Base New London for routine operations.
September 7, USS Pittsburgh departed Groton for a scheduled deployment.
September 27, The Pittsburgh departed Pier 1, Naval Station Rota after a routine port call.
October 12, SSN 720 departed Faslane, Scotland, to participate in a biannual multinational exercise Joint Warrior 16-2.?