USS LOUISVILLE
SSN 724
  
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The Louisville (SSN 724), a Los Angeles-class submarine, was the fourth ship of the U.S. Navy to be named for Louisville, Kentucky. The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut, on February 11, 1982, and her keel was laid down on September 24, 1984. She was christened and launched on December 14, 1985. Mrs. Betty Ann McKee, wife of retired Adm. Kinnaird R. McKee, former Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion, served as sponsor of the ship. Capt. Charles E. Ellis is the prospective commanding officer.

November 8, 1986 USS Louisville was commissioned during a ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, CT.

In January and February 1987, the Lousville was underway for a shakedown cruise in the Puerto Rican Op. Area and AUTEC range. Port calls to Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, P.R., and Frederiksted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, from Jan. 17-25.

March 16, USS Louisville arrived in Ireland Island for a week-long visit to Bermuda.

April 24, Cmdr. Charles B. Beckman relieved Capt. Charles E. Ellis as commanding officer of the SSN 724.

April 30, USS Louisville arrived in Electric Boat shipyard for a six-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA).

February 16, 1988 The Louisville arrived at its new homeport of Naval Submarine Base Point Loma in San Diego, Calif., after a four-week transit from Groton, Conn.

From March 9 through April 24, USS Louisville participated in a Fleet Exercise (FLEETEX) 88-2.

July 5, The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine departed San Diego to participate in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, in the waters off Hawaii. Port call to Pearl Harbor from July 20-25.

August 26, USS Louisville anchored off the coast of Lahaina, Maui, for a two-day port visit. Returned home on Sept. 3; Underway for Pre-Overseas Movement (POM) workup and POM Certification from Sept. 30- Nov. 18.

December 1, USS Louisville departed NSB Point Loma for its maiden western Pacific deployment. Returned home on Aug. 27, 1989; Underway for FLEETEX from Sept. 15- Oct. 2; Underway for Independent Steaming Operations (ISO) from Oc. 27 through Dec. 22.

March 15, 1990 SSN 724 moored alongside USS McKee (AS 41) for a five-day port visit to Monterey, Calif.

April 3, Cmdr. Frank W. Stewart relieved Cmdr. Charles B. Beckman as the 3rd CO of USS Louisville.

April 4, The Louisville commenced a ten-week Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).

December 27, USS Louisville departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment as part of the USS America (CV 66) Battle Group.

January 19, 1991 USS Louisville made naval history by firing the first ever submerged Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) strike against Iraqi targets, from the Red Sea at 0930 local, in support of Operation Desert Storm.

February 13, The nuclear-powered submarine pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a 12-day port call to get tender support services from USS Proteus (AS 19).

March 7, The Louisville pulled into HMAS Stirling at Garden Island, Australia, for a five-day port visit to Perth. Port call to Subic Bay, Philippines, from March 25-28; Another upkeep at Subic Bay from April 3-14.

April 28, USS Louisville returned to homeport after a four-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

From July 2? through Sept. 3, SSN 724 was underway for PCO operations. Port calls to Pearl Harbor (July 29- Aug. 3) and Lahaina (Aug. 16-19).

September 23, Cmdr. David A. Gove relieved Cmdr. Frank W. Stewart as CO of the Louisville.

In mid-October, USS Louisville was in a floating dry-dock Arco (ARDM 5) at NSB Point Loma for upkeep.

From Feb. 10-21, 1992, the Louisville was underway for Weapons Proficiency Firings and TRE. Underway for local operations from Feb. 24-28.

March 3, USS Louisville departed homeport for a Tiger Cruise en route to Alameda, Calif. Port visit to NAS Alameda from March 11-16; Returned to San Diego on March 20; Underway for FLEETEX 92-1 and ORSE from May 18- June 17; Port call to Naval Submarine Base Bangor, Wash., from June 3-5; Underway for RIMPAC '92 from June 23- July 23; Underway for routine training from Aug. 24-26; Underway for FLEETEX 92-2/POMCERT from Aug. 31- Oct. 9.

November 3, USS Louisville departed NSB Point Loma for a scheduled deployment as part of the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) BG.

November 25, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine pulled into Hong Kong for a five-day port visit. Port call to Singapore from Dec. 5-10; Operated in the Red Sea from Dec. 21- Jan. 1; Participated in a joint exercise SHAREM 102 in the Gulf of Oman, from Jan. 6-15, 1993.

February 4, USS Louisville pulled into Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for a three-day port visit. She is the first U.S. Navy nuclear-powered submarine to arrive in this port.

February 7, The Louisville pulled into Jebel Ali, U.A.E, for a 17-day upkeep with USS Jason (AR 18).

March 5, USS Louisville arrived in Victoria, Seychelles, for a five-day port visit, the first by U.S. Navy SSN. Port visits to Phuket, Thailand, (March 24-29); Pattaya Beach (April 3-7); and Pearl Harbor (April 23-26).

May 4, USS Louisville returned to San Diego after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR.

June 1, SSN 724 commenced a three-month Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA). Underway for sea trials from Sept. 7-9; Underway for exercise Varsity Swimmer/Kernel Raider and Comprehensive Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) 94-2 from Sept. 27- Oct. 14; Port call to Alameda, Calif., for Fleet Week from Oct. 9-13; Underway for TWP/Certification Firings from Oct. 18-20; Underway for FLEETEX 94-1A from Oct. 27- Nov. 7.

November 12, The Louisville departed Point Loma for a Dependent's Day Cruise. Underway for Material Inspection on Nov. 16; Underway for sea trials on Dec. 16; Underway for local operations from Jan. 3-7.

January 12, 1994 Cmdr. Christopher R. Earl relieved Cmdr. David A. Gove as commanding officer of the USS Louisville.

January 20, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine departed homeport for PCO operations. Port calls to Pearl Harbor from Feb. 4-5 and Feb. 12-17; Returned to San Diego on Feb. 22; Underway for TRE from Feb. 24-25; Underway for ISO from March 21-25 and April 6-11; In dry-dock Arco for Ion exchange resin discharge and replacement from April 14- June 23; Underway for sea trials from July 5-6; Underway for local operations from July 12-17, 19-27 and Aug. 3-10; Underway for ISO and ORSE from Aug. 12-19.

August 22, USS Louisville departed San Diego for a nine-day underway period to participate in FLEETEX 94-3A. Underway for FLEETEX 94-3B/3C and Type Commander Training from Sept. 12-24; Underway for Pre-DMP testing from Sept. 26-29; Underway for ASWEX 95-2 and COMPTUEX 95-1A from Nov. 2-15; Underway for sea trials from Dec. 7-8; Underway for Family Cruise and COMPTUEX 95-2 from Dec. 10-16.

February 23, 1995 USS Louisville arrived at its new homeport of Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after a nine-day transit from San Diego, Calif.

March 25, The Louisville commenced a 15-month Depot Modernization Period (DMP) at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. Departed Dry Dock #1 on Feb. 14, 1996; Underway for sea trials from June 30- July 6; Underway for local operation from July 23-26; Underway again on Aug. 1.

August 19, SSN 724 arrived at NSB Point Loma for a four-day port call. Port visit to Esquimalt, Canada, from Aug. 27-30; Returned home on Sept. 13; Underway for local operations from Sept. 16-19 and 25-26th; Underway again from Oct. 31- Nov. 7, Nov. 25-27, Nov. 29- Dec. 5 and Dec. 9-18.

July 3, 1997 Cmdr. Joseph E. Skinner relieved Cmdr. Christopher R. Earl as the 6th CO of SSN 724; Underway for Prospective Commanding Officer (PCO) operations in July and August.

October ?, 1998 USS Louisville departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

April 2, 1999 The Louisville returned home after a six-month deployment. Port calls to Yokosuka, Japan; Hong Kong; Apra Harbor, Guam; and Brisbane, Australia.

May 3, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine moored at Naval Magazine West Loch, Oahu, for weapons offload. Underway for local operations from June 18-25 and July 6-14; Underway for sea trials from Aug. 30-31; Underway for local operations from Sept. 13-23; Underway for ORSE workup on Sept. 29; Underway for TB-29 testing from Nov. 4-16.

November 18, The Louisville anchored off Lahaina, Maui, for a four-day port visit. Weapons offload at West Loch on Nov. 24.

December 14, USS Louisville commenced a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.

February 18, 2000 Cmdr. Russell T. Janicke relieved Cmdr. Joseph E. Skinner as commanding officer of the Louisville.

January 3, 2001 The Louisville departed Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan, after a routine port visit. Port call at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, from Feb. 4-6.

February 28, SSN 724 pulled into Singapore for a five-day port call. Another visit to Singapore from March 9-12.

March 18, USS Louisville arrived in Chinhae Naval Base, Republic of Korea, for a two-day port call. Inport Sasebo Naval Base, Japan, from March 22-26; Upkeep at Yokosuka from April 19-30.

May 9, The Louisville pulled into Gladstone, Australia, for a six-day port visit.

June 4, USS Louisville returned to Pearl Harbor after a six-month western Pacific deployment.

July 12, SSN 724 anchored off Lahaina, Maui, for a four-day port visit. Underway for local operations from July 19-28 and Oct. 12-20.

October 25, USS Louisvilled arrived at NSB Point Loma for a week-long port call before participating in JTFEX in the SOCAL Op. Area. Inport San Diego from Nov. 8-13; Returned home on Nov. 19; Underway for TRE from Nov. 26-30; Underway for DESRONEX from Dec. 3-5; Underway for INSURV from Dec. 10-12.

From Jan. 7-11, 2002, the Louisville was underway for Independent Steaming Exercises (ISE). Underway for sea trials from March 13-15; Underway for local operations from March 25-29 and April 2-4; Underway for ORSE preps. from April 15-25; Underway for local operations from May 13-17.

May 24, Michael E. Jabaley, Jr., relieved Cmdr. Russell T. Janicke as CO of the Louisville during a change-of-command ceremony on board the sub.

May 28, The Louisville departed homeport for a six-day underway to conduct TACDEVEX with USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) and VLF-A tracking exercise with USS Olympia (SSN 717); Underway for sea trilas and ISE on July 20; Underway for POMCERT from Aug. 5-9.

September 10, USS Louisville departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

September 17, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine pulled into Yokosuka, Japan, for a week-long port call to get tender support services from USS Frank Cable (AS 40). Brief stop in Sasebo, Japan, on Sept. 26 to debark COMSUBGRU 7.

September 27, SSN 724 arrived in Chinhae, Republic of Korea, for a five-day port visit.

October 5, The Louisville pulled again into Chinhae for another five-day port call after participating in a submarine exercise with the ROKS Lee Chun (SS 062), from Oct. 3-4.

October 19, USS Louisville departed White Beach, Okinawa, Japan, after a four-day port call.

November 25, USS Louisville arrived again at Naval Base Yokosuka for a two-week maintenance period after participating in annual exercise (ANNUALEX) from Nov. 12-22.

January 18, 2003 SSN 724 pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for an 11-day port call to get tender support services from USS Frank Cable.

March 21, Thirty U.S. Navy and coalition warships, including USS Louisville, currently assigned to Naval Forces Central Command launched Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) during military operations to disarm Iraq.

April 21, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine arrived in HMAS Stirling at Garden Island, Australia, for a week-long visit to Perth.

May 13, USS Louisville returned to Pearl Harbor after an eight-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

July 22, The Louisville entered the Dry Dock 2 at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for a six-month Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA). The sub departed dry-dock on Nov. 8; Returned to Naval Station Pearl Harbor on Dec. 24.

June 21, SSN 724 departed NSB Point Loma for routine trainnig in the SOCAL Op. Area.

August 13, Capt. L. David Marquet relieved Capt. William Toti as Commander, Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 3, aboard the USS Louisville at Naval Station Pearl Harbor.

March 14, 2005 USS Louisville is currently participating in a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) off the coast of southern California, as part of the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Carrier Strike Group.

September 22, The Louisville arrived in Yokosauka, Japan, for a six-day port call.

November 16, USS Louisville returned to homeport following a six-month deployment in the western Pacific. The sub also visited Brisbane, Australia; Guam and Saipan. In June, she participated in exercise Talisman Sabre off the coast of Australia and Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Readiness and Evaluation Measurement (SHAREM) exercises with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force.

February 10, 2006 USS Louisville returned to Naval Station Pearl Harbor after completing routine trainings in Pacific Ocean.

May 2, USS Louisville, commanded by Cmdr. David Kirk, departed Pearl Harbor for a surge western Pacific deployment.

June 28, The Louisville returned to homeport after completing a two-month underway period.

January 4, 2007 USS Louisville departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for an 18-month overhaul and modernization period at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.

February 9, SSN 724 recently arrived in Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., for a brief port call.

January 18, 2009 The Louisville departed Portsmouth Naval Shipyard after successfully completing an Engineered Overhaul (EOH), well ahead of the chief of naval operations (CNO) mandated completion date of Feb. 24.

January 8, 2010 Cmdr. Lee P. Sisco relieved Cmdr. John Sager as commanding officer of SSN 724.

April 26, USS Louisville departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

May 5, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine moored at Berth 13, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for a routine port call. Brief stop at Sasebo on Sept. 8.

October 29, USS Louisville returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.

February 7, 2012 USS Louisville departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

April 3, The Louisville arrived in Sepanggar Naval Base for a port visit to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, and to get tender support services from USS Emory S. Land (AS 39); Brief stop in Okinawa on April 16.

April 18, USS Louisville arrived in Fleet Activities Saebo, Japan, for a week-long upkeep. Brief stop at White Beach, Okinawa, on April 28.

May 11, SSN 724 pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port call.

June 25, USS Louisville pulled into Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, for a five-day port call.

July 20, The Louisville arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for a week-long port visit.

August 8, USS Louisville returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.

September 6, Cmdr. Robert D. Figgs relieved Cmdr. Lee P. Sisco as CO of the Louisville during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the sub at Pearl Harbor.

June 6, 2014 USS Louisville recently anchored off the coast of Lahaina, Hawaii, for a scheduled visit to the Island of Maui.

October 10, USS Louisville departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

October 20, SSN 724 moored at Berth 13S in Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for a week-long port call.

December 5, The Louisville moored at Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a three-day liberty port visit.

January 6, 2015 USS Louisville moored at Navy Pier, White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan, for a three-day port visit; Brief stop at Okinawa on Jan. 12; Upkeep in Yokosuka from Feb. 19 through March 4.

April 10, USS Louisville moored at Berth S1A in Pearl Harbor after completing a six-month deployment.

May 12, Cmdr. David S. Cox relieved Cmdr. Robert D. Figgs as CO of the Louisville during a change-of-command ceremony on board the sub.

September 30, 2016 USS Louisville departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

October 12, The Louisville moored at Berth 13S in Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for a three-day port visit; Brief stop off Chinhae Naval Base, ROK, for personnel transfer on Dec. 3; Moored pierside on Somo Do, Chinhae Naval Base on Dec. 8.