USS OKLAHOMA CITY SSN 723
The Oklahoma City (SSN 723) is the 35th Los Angeles-class attack submarine and the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 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 January 4, 1984. She was christened and launched on November 2, 1985, sponsored by Mrs. Linda M. Nickles, and commissioned on July 9, 1988, with Cmdr. Kevin J. Reardon in command.
June 20, 2002 USS Oklahoma City departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment, with the USS George Washington (CVN 73) Battle Group, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
November 13, USS Oklahoma City collided with a Norwegian tanker Norman Lady while transiting the western Mediterranean Sea east of the Strait of Gibraltar. No Sailors were injured and there were no leaks of oil from fuel tanks and no threat to the environment, but the submarine sustained damage to her periscope and sail area, and put into La Maddalena, Sardinia, for repairs. The accident occurred in international waters at approximately 1:30 p.m. (GMT).
December 2, The Oklahoma City's CO, Cmdr. Richard Voter, was relieved of command in La Maddalena, Sardinia, Nov. 30. Voter, one other officer and two enlisted crew members were also disciplined in a non-judicial punishment proceeding Dec. 2. Capt. Howard Reese, Commander, Submarine Squadron 22, assumed temporary command of USS Oklahoma City. Reese will turn command over to Cmdr. Ronald LaSalvia, deputy commander of SUBRON 8, later this month.
December 20, 2004 SSN 723 pulled into Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a rare port visit.
January 20, 2005 USS Oklahoma City, commanded by Cmdr. Goedon C. Williams, returned to Norfolk after completing a six-month deployment that circumnavigated North America. She deployed to the Pacific Ocean in July 2004, and within three weeks, completed an inter-fleet transfer under the Arctic. In the Pacific, OKC conducted operations in support of national security interests and the global war on terrorism. The submarine completed its circumnavigation of North America by transiting back to the Atlantic through the Panama Canal and returning to Naval Station Norfolk. She is only the third submarine to make the under-ice transit. The first sub to transit from the Atlantic to the Pacific under the Arctic was USS Nautilus (SSN 571) in 1958.
April 20, 2007 USS Oklahoma City took the next step in technological advances this April, adding the Navy’s newest navigational tool to its arsenal. The Voyage Management System (VMS), a combination of digital charts, constant global positioning system fixes, environmental sensors and electronic command and control, will allow the submarine to eliminate many of the constraining aspects of navigation when using paper charts. The digital nautical charts can be downloaded or ordered from the National Geographical Intelligence Agency (NGA) web site along with other data provided by NGA which add needed bottom contour features necessary for safe navigation. SSN 723 is the first submarine to operate on this version of VMS.
May 12, USS Oklahoma City departed Norfolk for a scheduled Middle East deployment.
October 15, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine pulled into Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, for a routine port call.
November 9, SSN 723 returned to homeport after a six-month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism. She also made port calls to Rota, Spain; Manama, Bahrain; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; Diego Garcia; and Toulon, France.
May 9, 2008 USS Oklahoma City departed Naval Station Norfolk for a surge deployment.
July 21, The Oklahoma City returned to Norfolk from a Southern Command deployment conducting counter-illicit trafficking operations, supporting the U.S. and participating nations' drug control programs.
September 3, USS Oklahoma City departed Norfolk for a two-year Engineered Overhaul (EOH) at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.
November 22, Cmdr. Aaron M. Thieme relieved Cmdr. Ed Mayer IV as CO of the SSN 723.
February 10, 2011 SSN 723 pulled into Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled port visit. The Los Angeles-class attack submarine departed shipyard Nov. 16, 2010, and since then have been conducting operations at sea in order to complete post-overhaul trials and certifications.
March 3, USS Oklahoma City arrived at its new homeport of Naval Base Guam replacing the USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705), as part of the 60/40 split of submarine force assets, between the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets, as designated in the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review.
March 8, Cmdr. Andrew Peterson relieved Cmdr. Aaron M. Thieme as CO of the Oklahoma City during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Base Guam.
August 29, USS Oklahoma City arrived in HMAS Stirling at Garden Island, Australia, for a brief port call before participating in a Submarine Command Course with HMAS Dechaineux, HMAS Newcastle and HMAS Sirius.
November 9, SSN 723 pulled into Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a scheduled port call. Returned to Apra Harbor on November ?.
March 23, 2012 Capt. Scott A. Minium relieved Capt. John Russ as Commander, Submarine Squadron (COMSUBGRU) 15, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the Oklahoma City in Guam.
May 25, USS Oklahoma City arrived in Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, for a four-day port call.
October 25, The Oklahoma City recently moored outboard the USS Frank Cable (AS 40) at Apra Harbor, Guam, to get tender support services.
From November 14-16, USS Oklahoma City conducted ammo off/onload while moored outboard the Frank Cable.
March 4, 2013 The Oklahoma City returned to homeport after a five-week underway period.
December 20, Cmdr. Michael A. Conner relieved Cmdr. Andrew Peterson as CO of SSN 723 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the sub at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego, Calif.
March 31, 2014 USS Oklahoma City returned to Apra Harbor after nine months of extensive maintenance in Point Loma.
July 7, SSN 723 moored at Berth 13S in Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for a three-day port call. The sub recently departed Guam for a western Pacific patrol.
September 11, The Oklahoma City moored outboard the USS Frank Cable in Apra Harbor for ammo onload.
November 23, USS Oklahoma City arrived in White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, for a brief stop; Brief stop at Okinawa again on Dec. 19.
December 2?, USS Oklahoma City returned to Guam following a three-month western Pacific patrol.
April 23, 2015 The Oklahoma City moored at Berth 13S, Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a four-day port call.
August 12, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine moored at Sierra Wharf in Apra Harbor for a Fleet Maintenance Availabilty (FMAV) with the USS Emory S. Land (AS 39).
September ?, USS Oklahoma City departed Apra Harbor for a routine western Pacific patrol.
September 30, SSN 723 moored at Berth 5, Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a four-day liberty port visit; Brief stop at Okinawa for personnel transfer on Oct. 13; Brief stop in Sasebo on Oct. 18.
January 6, 2016 Capt. Jeffrey M. Grimes, Commander, Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 15 relieved of duty Cmdr. Michael Conner due to a "loss of confidence in his ability to command." The Oklahoma City is currently moored at Sierra 4 Wharf in Apra Harbor.
May 5, USS Oklahoma City entered the floating dry-dock Arco (ARDM 5) at Naval Base Point Loma, Calif., for repairs to its Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG).
August 12, Cmdr. Thomas P. O'Donnell relieved Cmdr. John P. Friedman as CO of the Oklahoma City during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Base Point Loma.
August 26, The Oklahoma City undocked and moored at N/S/I Sierra Pier on NB Point Loma; Underway for sea trials on Oct. 2?; Brief stop off NB Point Loma on Oct. 24; Moored at Sierra Pier again on Oct. 27.