USS TOPEKA SSN 754
USS Topeka (SSN 754), a Los Angeles-class submarine, was the third ship of the U.S. Navy to be named for Topeka, Kansas. The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut on November 28, 1983 and her keel was laid down on May 13, 1986. She was launched on January 23, 1988, sponsored by Elizabeth Dole and commissioned on October 21, 1989, with Cmdr. Timothy Reichert in command.
In August 1992 USS Topeka began her first overseas deployment which involved six months of operation in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. She was the first attack submarine in the Pacific Fleet to deploy in support of a carrier battle group. On November 4, 1992 SSN 754 achieved another first by conducting operations in the Arabian Gulf.
In January 1995 the attack submarine returned to the Arabian Gulf during her second deployment in support of a carrier battle group.
In February 1996, USS Topeka changed her homeport from San Diego, Calif., to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
In October 2002, after completing a Modernization Period in Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, the nuclear attack submarine shifted its homeport back to San Diego, California.
April 4, 2006 SSN 754 returned to Naval Station Point Loma after her eighth Western Pacific deployment. Topeka's schedule included two operations in support of national security objectives and numerous anti-submarine warfare-training exercises with U.S. and allied aircraft. She made port calls in Guam, Singapore, Hawaii, Saipan, and Nagano and Nagasaki, Japan.
October 16, 2007 USS Topeka departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment.
November 6, SSN 754 recently departed Yokosuka, Japan, after a routine port call.
December 27, The Topeka arrived in Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, for an eight-day port visit.
April 16, 2008 USS Topeka returned to NSB Point Loma after a six-month deployment in the western Pacific. She also visited Okinawa, Guam and the Philippines.
June 23, 2009 USS Topeka departed homeport for a scheduled western Pacific and Middle East deployment.
August 12, The Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine pulled to HMAS Stirling at Garden Island, Australia, for a scheduled port visit. The Topeka recently participated in Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Readiness and Evaluation (SHAREM) exercise off the east coast of Australia with the Royal Australian and Royal Canadian Navies.
September 11, USS Topeka recently pulled into Manama, Bahrain, for a routine port visit.
April 15, 2010 Cmdr. Michael D. Bratton relieved Cmdr. Marc A. Stern as CO of USS Topeka during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Submarine Base Point Loma.
June 13, 2011 SSN 754 arrived in Callao naval base for a scheduled port visit to Lima, Peru, to participate in the commemorative activities for the Centenary of the Submarine Force.
July 6, USS Topeka, commanded by Cmdr. James A. Belz, returned to San Diego after a two-month deployment to the Southern Command Area of Responsibility (AoR).
March 6, 2012 USS Topeka departed Naval Base Point Loma for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.
March 20, The Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine pulled into Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a six-day port call.
May 30, USS Topeka pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, to get tender support services from USS Emory S. Land (AS 39). Brief stops in Sasebo, Japan, on July 2, 6, 19 and 31st.
August 10, The Topeka arrived again in Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan, for a six-day port call.
September 5, USS Topeka returned to San Diego after a six-month deployment. The sub traveled more than 35,000 n.m. and also made port call to Changi Naval Base in Singapore.
November 2, USS Topeka departed San Diego, Calif., for a two-year Engineered Overhaul (EOH) at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.
December 6, SSN 754 arrived at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., for a brief port call; Entered the PNSY on Dec. 16.
February 7, 2014 Cmdr. David P. Lammers relieved Cmdr. James A. Belz as CO of the Topeka during a change-of-command ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard's auditorium.
April ?, USS Topeka departed dry-dock at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, 20 days ahead of schedule.
May 29, 2015 USS Topeka moored at Sierra 2 Wharf in its new homeport of Apra Harbor, Guam, after a seven-week transit from Groton, Conn.
December 16, The Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine departed Apra Harbor for a Friends and Family Day Cruise; Day-long underway again on Dec. 17.
December 2?, USS Topeka departed homeport for a western Pacific patrol.
January 12, 2016 The Topeka moored at Alava Pier in Subic Bay, Philippines, for a three-day port call.
March 5, SSN 754 is currently moored at Alpha Wharf in Apra Harbor, Guam; Moored outboard the USS Frank Cable (AS 40) for routine maintenance on March 2?.
July 1, USS Topeka moored at Bravo Wharf in Apra Harbor following a two-month western Pacific patrol.
August 5, Cmdr. Steven Tarr, III relieved Cmdr. David P. Lammers as CO of the Topeka during a change-of-command ceremony at the Naval Base Guam Chapel.
October 19, USS Topeka is currently moored at Alpha Wharf on Naval Base Guam.