USS KEY WEST
SSN 722
  
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The Key West (SSN 722) is the 35th Los Angeles-class attack submarine and the third ship of the U.S. Navy to be named for Key West, Florida. The contract to build her was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia on August 13, 1981, and her keel was laid down on July 6, 1983. She was christened and launched on July 20, 1985. Mrs. Virginia Conn, the wife of the Honorable Robert H. Conn, Assistant SECNAV for Financial Menagement, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Warren N. Lipscomb, Jr., is the prospective commanding officer.

September 12, 1987 USS Key West was commissioned during a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.

September 17, The Key West arrived in its namesake city for a six-day visit to Florida. Pulled into Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., on Oct. 2 to onload exercise weapons.

October 10, Cmdr. Joseph G. Henry releived Capt. Warren N. Lipscomb, Jr., as CO of the SSN 722 during a change-of-command ceremony at Norfolk.

October 18, USS Key West pulled into Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, for a brief port call before commencing weapon system accuracy tests. Underway for local operations from Nov. 20-24; Underway for Operational Reactor Safeguard Examination (ORSE) from Dec. 17-18.

In January 1988, the Key West commenced an 11-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) at Newport News shipyard.

June 20, 1989 USS Key West departed Naval Station Norfolk for its maiden deployment.

August 26, The Key West arrived in submarine base Holy Loch, Scotland, for a two-day port call to get tender support services from USS Simon Lake (AS 33).

September 1, The nuclear-powered submarine arrived in Lisbon, Portugal, for a week-long port visit.

September 20, USS Key West returned to homeport after a three-month underway period in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR.

From December 4-20, the Key West was underway for Tactical Readiness Examination (TRE).

March 23, 1990 USS Key West departed Norfolk for a scheduled Mediterranean deployment.

April 8, SSN 722 pulled into La Maddalena, Italy, for a two-week port call to get tender support services from USS Orion (AS 18).

May 25, USS Key West arrived in Cartagena, spain, for a three-day port visit.

June 26, The Key West anchored off the coast of Monte-Carlo for a three-day visit to the tiny Principiality of Monaco. Another visit to La Maddalena, Sicily, from June 30- July 5.

July 6, The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine arrived in Naples, Italy, for a week-long port call. Upkeep at La Maddalena from July 14- Aug. 1.

August 30, The Key West pulled into Gibraltar, Bitish Crown Teritory, for a two-day port call.

September 9, USS Key West returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a five-and-a-half month deployment.

October 20, Cmdr. Kirkland H. Donald relieved Cmdr. Joseph G. Henry as the 3rd CO of USS Key West.

From November 11-19, the Key West was in dry-dock at NSB Kings Bay, Ga. She is the first Los Angeles-class submarine to use this facility.

March 18, 1991 USS Key West arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, for a three-day port visit.

From April 3-29, SSN 722 was underway for Type Commander's Core Training Support in the Puerto Rican Op. Area. Port call to Port Canaveral, Fla., from April 6-8.

May 12, USS Key West commenced a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). In dry-dock at NSB Kings Bay from Oct. 9-18.

From Feb. 7 through June 10, 1992, the Key West was deployed to northern Atlantic. Port calls to Holy Loch, Sctotland (Feb. 18); Bergen, Norway, (April 13-17); Rotterdam, Netherlands, (April 20-24); Brest, France, (April 27-30); and Port Canaveral, Fla., (June 1-3). Participated in French National Exercise SUROITNORMINEX '92 from May 13-22.

December 5, SSN 722 arrived in Key West, Fla., for a four-day port visit.

From January 9 through Feb. 8, 1993, USS Key West was in dry-dock at NSB Kings Bay, Ga.

February 27, Cmdr. Robert H. Kuppers relieved Cmdr. Kirkland H. Donald as commanding officer of the Key West.

From March 4-21, USS Key West participated in exercise Unified Spirit '93. Underway from May 7- June 22; Port call to Roosevelt Roads from June 14-18.

October 2, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine pulled into Port Everglades, Fla., for a three-day port visit to Ft. Lauderdale. Underway for Pre-overseas Movement (POM) workup from Nov. 29- Dec. 7; Underway for POMCERT from Jan. 3-8; Underway again on Feb. 7.

February 10, USS Key West pulled again into Port Everglades for a five-day port call. Port visit to Charleston, S.C., from Feb. 17-22; Returned home on March 17 and commenced a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA); Underway for local operations from May 31- June 13; Underway for Midshipmen operations on July 12; Port visit to Key West, Fla., from July 15-20; Returned home on Aug. 9; Underway for local operations from Aug. 23- Sept. 1.

November 2, The Key West departed Norfolk for a Comprehensive Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) as part of the USS Theodore Rosevelt (CVN 71) Battle Group.

November 25, The nuclear-powered submarine pulled into Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, for a three-day port call. Inport Roosevelt Roads from Dec. 5-8; Returned home on Dec. 13; Underway for FLEETEX from Jan. 21- Feb. 6.

March 22, 1995 USS Key West departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

April 12, The Key West pulled into Haifa, Israel, for a brief port call. Port visit to Manama, Bahrain, from April 28- May 3.??

May 22, SSN 722 pulled into Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, for a week-long port call.

June 19, USS Key West arrived Toulon Naval Base for a week-long visit to France.

June 27, The Key West pulled into Naval Support Activity La Maddalena, Sardinia, for an 18-day port call to get tender support services from USS Simon Lake. Another visit to Souda Bay from July 17-28; Upkeep at La Maddalena from Aug. 19-31.

September 21, USS Key West returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.

November 16, Cmdr. George M. Wadzita relieved Cmdr. Robert H. Kuppers as CO of the Key West. From Oct. 21 through Dec. 10, the ship was in dry-dock at Norfolk.

January 2, 1996 SSN 722 departed Naval Station Norfolk for local operations, TRE and acoustic trials. Emergent repairs at NSB Kings Bay from Jan. 28-29; Port call to Port Everglades from Feb. 10-13.

July 6, The Key West arrived at Naval Submarine Base Point Loma, San Diego, for a four-day port call.

July 17, USS Key West arrived at its new homeport of Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after a six-week transit from Norfolk, Va.

September 10, The Key West departed homeport for a four-day Dependent's Cruise. Underway for Tactical Weapons Proficiency (TWP) from Oct. 7-18.

January 8, 1997 USS Key West departed Pearl Harbor for Fleet Exercise (FLEETEX) off the coast of southern California.

January 26, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine arrived in Naval Submarine Base Point Loma for a two-week port call to get tender support services from USS McKee (AS 41); Underway for JTFEX/POMCERT from Feb. 10-21; Returned home on March 4.

April 7, USS Key West departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled deployment as part of the USS Constellation (CV 64) BG.

April 29, The Key West arrived at HMAS Stirling for a six-day visit to Perth, Australia. Port call to Manama, Bahrain, from June 10-16.

June 30, SSN 722 anchored alongside USS Thorn (DD 988) off the coast of Muscat, Oman, for a three-day port visit.

July 16, USS Key West pulled into Changi Naval Base for a ten-day port call to participate in Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore. Inport Singapore again from July 30- Aug. 3.

August 13, The Key West arrived in Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, for a 10-day upkeep. Port call to White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, from Aug. 25-26; Another visit to Yokosuka from Sept. 7-12.

September 23, USS Key West returned to Naval Station Pearl Harbor after five-and-a-half month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR.

January 26, 1998 The Key West departed homeport for a 12-day underway period to conduct PCO operations. Underway for local operations from Feb. 17-20.

From March 9 through April 30, USS Key West was underway for the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Battle Group's COMPTUEX/ITA and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) BG's JTFEX 98-1 in the SOCAL Op. Area; Inport Naval Base Point Loma from April 9-12 and 22-23rd; Underway for Tactical Readiness Evaluation (TRE) from May 4-8.

May 29, Cmdr. William H. Hilarides relieved Cmdr. George M. Wadzita as commanding officer of the Key West.

From June 16-20, SSN 722 was underway in the Hawaiian OPAREA. Underway for exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) from July 7-9 and July 15-31; Underway for Dependent's Day Cruise on Aug. 1; Underway for routine training and ORSE from Aug. 12-28; Underway for POMCERT from Oct. 2-8.

October 13, USS Key West departed Pearl Harbor for a western Pacific deployment.

October 24, The Key West pulled into Chinhae Naval Base, ROK, for a brief port call before participating in exercise Foal Eagle '98. Inport Chinhae from Nov. 2-3.

November 12, The nuclear-powered submarine pulled into Yokosuka, Japan, for a brief port call after participating in Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) with the Japanese Maritime Self- Defense Force (JMSDF) ships; Port call to Chinhae, Republic of Korea, from Nov. 17-18 to embark Commander, Submarine Group 7 and three ROKN Officers.

From November 19-21, USS Key West distinguished itself as the first U.S. submarine to conduct MK48 ADCAP exercise torpedo firings in foreign waters, off the coast of Korea in the Sea of Japan; Inport Chinhae from Nov. 22-23.

November 25, SSN 722 pulled into Sasebo, Japan, for a five-day port visit. Port call to Apra Harbor, Guam, from Dec. 4-10.

December 18, USS Key West returned to homeport after more than a two-month underway period.

From Feb. 9 through March 4, 1999, the Key West was underway for local operations; Underway for Dependent's Cruise on March 8.

March 31, USS Key West entered the dry-dock at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for a 16-month Depot Modernization Period (DMP). Underway for sea trials from Aug. 2-7, 2000; Underway on Aug. 15 for local operations, TWC and acoustic trials.

October 6, The Key West pulled into San Francisco, Calif., for a five-day port visit to participate in Fleet Week festivities. Returned home on Oct. 28.

November 3, Cmdr. Charles K. Merkel relieved Cmdr. William H. Hilarides as CO of the the Key West.

From Nov. 4- Dec. 2, USS Key West was underway for local operations and a Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) assessment.

In September 2001, SSN 722 was on its way to Manama, Bahrain, for a liberty visit when notification of the terrorist attacks came. The ship was diverted immediately to the North Arabian Sea where it launched cruise missiles against Talibans in October. It participated in the first 75 days of Operation Enduring Freedom; Returned home in December.

From January 24- Feb. 1, 2002, the Key West was underway for local operations and CODT. Underway for sea trials from May 6-10; Underway for routine training from May 20-31; Underway for local operations and ORSE from June 17-25; Underway for RIMPAC 2002 from June 28- July 7 and July 8-26; Underway for local operations from Sept. 3-5 and 23-26th.

November 2, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine departed homeport for a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), as part of the Carl Vinson Battle Group, off the coast of southern California. Returned to Pearl Harbor on Nov. 27; Underway for Commanding Officer's Discretionary Time (CODT) from Dec. 16-20 and Jan. 10-11.

January 24, 2003 USS Key West departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

March 21, The Key West, currently assigned to Naval Forces Central Command, launched its first Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

April 14, SSN 722 arrived in HMAS Stirling at Garden Island for a week-long visit to Perth, Australia.

April 29, USS Key West pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for an 11-day port call to get tender support services from USS Frank Cable (AS 40).

May 27, The Key West arrived in Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan, for a 13-day port call. Liberty visit to Saipan from July 11-16.

July 24, USS Key West returned to homeport after a six-month combat deployment. Cmdr. Charles Merkel became the first submarine commanding officer, since World War II, who lead his crew through two consecutive combat deployments.

July 29, Cmdr. Kenneth R. Sault relieved Cmdr. Charles K. Merkel as CO of the SSN 722.

The Key West was underway for local operations from Sept. 2-8, 17-19 and Sept. 29- Oct. 2.

November 12, USS Key West entered the dry-dock at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

November 10, 2005 USS Key West returned to Pearl Harbor from a six-month western Pacific deployment.

March 14, 2006 Cmdr. Thomas E. Ishee relieved Capt. Kenneth R. Sault as CO of the Key West during a change of command ceremony held onboard the sub in Naval Station Pearl Harbor. During Sault's tour, Key West completed an Extended Selected Restricted Availability (ESRA), and a six-month deployment last year. The nuclear-powered submarine participated in numerous exercises in support of Fleet and Force Anti-Submarine Warfare readiness, including RIMPAC, Silent Fury I and II, LUNGFISH and Talisman Saber.

September 19, SSN 722 is currently underway off the coast of southern California participating in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), as part of the John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3.

February 28, 2007 USS Key West recently departed Yokosuka, Japan, after a routine port visit.

April 3, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine pulled into Fleet Acitivities Sasebo, Japan, for a routine port call.

August 14, The Key West concluded its participation in exercise Valiant Shield 2007 off the coast of Guam, during the joint photo exercise. The PHOTOEX featured 15 ships from three Carrier Strike Groups and 17 aircraft from Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps including a B-52 bomber.

August 28, USS Key West returned to Pearl Harbor after a seven-month deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet AoR.

March 7, 2008 Cmdr. Robert A. Koonce relieved Cmdr. Thomas E. Ishee as CO of the Key West in a ceremony at the USS Bowfin Museum.

June 16, The Key West completed its Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA) at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.

November 12, 2009 SSN 722 is currently participating in Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) '09 with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF).

December 10, USS Key West returned home after a six-month western Pacific deployment.

July 29, 2010 The Key West commenced a two-year Engineered Overhaul (EOH) at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard (PHNSY).

October 22, Cmdr. Curtis B. Duncan relieved Cmdr. Robert A. Koonce as CO of the USS Key West during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the former battleship Missouri (BB 63).

September 27, 2012 The Los Angeles-class attack submarine recently arrived at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego, Calif.

November 9, USS Key West arrived in its new homeport of Apra Harbor, Guam, after a 50-day transit from Pearl Harbor as part of a swap with USS Buffalo (SSN 715) which is scheduled to arrive in Hawaii early next year.

November ?, Capt. Mark B. Benjamin relieved Cmdr. Curtis B. Duncan as commanding officer of the Key West.

December 30, 2013 Cmdr. John Thompson relieved Capt. Mark Benjamin as CO of SSN 722 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the sub at Naval Base Guam.

April 7, 2014 USS Key West arrived in White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan, for a brief stop; Brief stop at White Beach on Aug. 19.

August 30, The Key West moored at Berth 13S in Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for a four-day port visit; Brief stop at White Beach again on Sept. 6.

September ?, USS Key West returned to Guam following a two-month western Pacific patrol.

April ?, 2015 USS Key West departed homeport for a routine patrol following a four-month Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA).

May 14, SSN 722 moored outboard the USS Emory S. Land (AS 39), while anchored off Phuket, Thailand, for a three-day port visit before participating in exercise Guardian Sea with the Royal Thai Navy through May 20.

September 2?, USS Key West departed Apra Harbor for a western Pacific patrol.

November 4, The Key West moored at Alava Pier in Subic Bay, Philippines, for a routine port call.

January 1, 2016 USS Key West is currently undergoing a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) period while moored at Sierra 2 Wharf in Apra Harbor.

July 12, The Key West moored at Berth 13S in Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for a six-day port visit; Brief stop in Sasebo on Aug. 1, Aug. 4, Aug. 9 and Sept. 2.

September 5, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine moored at Akasaki Pier in Fleet Activities Sasebo for a nine-day upkeep.

October 25, USS Key West moored at Alpha Wharf in Apra Harbor following a four-and-a-half month patrol.