USS ASHEVILLE
SSN 758
  
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The Asheville (SSN 758), an "Improved" Los Angeles-class attack submarine, is the fourth ship of the United States Navy to be named for Asheville, North Carolina. The contract to build her was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia, on November 26, 1984, and her keel was laid down on January 9, 1987.

October 28, 1989 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Asheville was christened during a ceremony at Newport News shipyard. Mrs. Dorothy C. Helms, the wife of U.S. Senator Jesse C. Helms, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Patrick J. Casey is the prospective commanding officer.

February 26, 1990 The Asheville was launched from a floating dry-dock Ed Campbell and moved to Outfitting Pier #6; In Dry Dock #10 for initial reactor core load, from March 2-4.

From April 12 through Sept. 27, SSN 758 conducted the Post Core Installation Testing Program including the reactor vessell fill, Cold and Hot Post Core Testing and Steam Plant Dock Trials.

From Sept. 29- Nov. 2, PCU Asheville was in Dry Dock #4 for pre-criticality inspection and closeout of all main balast tanks.

June 6, 1991 The Asheville underway for the first time to conduct Builder's (Alpha "A") sea trials. underway for Bravo trials from June 10-14; Underway for "C" trials from July 19-29; Underway for combined trials with the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) from Aug. 13-15; Underway for "D" trials from Aug. 26-28.

September 5, The Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine arrived in Annapolis, Md., for a four-day port visit in conjunction with the U.S. Naval Academy parent's weekend.

September 28, USS Asheville was commissioned during a ceremony at Newport News, Virginia.

From Oct. 28- Nov. 28, the Asheville was underway for testing in the Exuma and AUTEC ranges. Port call to Port Everglades., Fla; Participated in Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) exercise from Dec. 16-20; Underway for Independent Steaming Operations (ISO) and ASW exercises from Jan. 7-22.

February 14, 1992 USS Asheville pulled into Port Canavearal, Fla., for a four-day port call after participating in a multi-national exercise CANFLTOPS 1-92.

February 28, SSN 758 commenced a six-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) at Newport News shipyard.

September 12, Cmdr. Douglas B. Guthe relieved Cmdr. Patrick J. Casey as CO of the Asheville.

October 2, USS Asheville arrived in its homeport of Naval Submarine Base Point Loma in San Diego, Calif., after a 16-day transit from Norfolk, Va. Port call to Port Canaveral from Sept. 18-21.

November 4, The Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine arrived in Naval Submarine Base Bangor, Wash., for a two-day visit after conducting sound trials at the new Southeast Alaska Acoustic Facility.

November 18, USS Asheville moored alongside USS McKee (AS 41) at Point Loma for a three-week upkeep. Participated in ASW exercise from Dec. 14-18; Underway for local operations from Jan. 5-11 and Jan. 14-22, 1993; Underway for Tactical Weapons Certification (TWC) from Feb. 17-23; Underway for local operations and ORSE from April 2-21.

May 5, SSN 758 pulled into Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for a five-day port call. Underway in SOCAL Op. Area from May 17-28; Underway for local operations from June 14-18, 21-25 and June 29- July 2; Underway again on July 20.

July 20, The Asheville departed San Diego for operations with the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Battle Group and to participate in Seattle Seafair festivities.

July 27, The Asheville arrived at NSB Bangor for an overnight port call. Port visit to Seattle, Wash., from July 28- Aug. 2; Returned home on Aug. 8; Underway for local operations from Aug. 12-18; Underway for sea trials from Sept. 28- Oct. 2. In floating dry dock Arco (ARDM 5) at Point Loma for emergent repairs from Oct. 2-6.

From Oct. 8-22, USS Asheville was underway for routine training and initial testing of first submarine installation of Joint Tactical Information Data System (JTIDS) Link 16; Underway for FLEETEX 94-1A with the Vinson BG from Oct. 26- Nov. 8; Underway for FLEETEX 94-1B/C from Dec. 1-10.

From January 2-13, 1994, the Asheville was underway for Pre Overseas Movement (POM) work-up and Operational Reactor Safeguards Examination (ORSE). In dry-dock for emergent repairs to towed array TB-23 from Jan. 15-22; Underway for sea trials from Feb. 9-10.

February 17, USS Asheville departed NSB Point Loma for its maiden deployment. Port call to Pearl Harbor from Feb. 26-28.

March 11, The nuclear-powered attack submarine arrived at Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan, for a three-day port visit.

March 19, The Asheville moored alongside USS Camden (AOE 2) for a four-day port visit to Hong Kong. Port call to Singapore from March 30- April 4; Port visit to Bahrain from April 25-27.

May 18, USS Asheville pulled into Manama, Bahrain, for a 17-day upkeep. Port call to Dubai, U.A.E., from June 15-19.

July 5, The Asheville pulled into HMAS Stirling at Garden Island, Australia, for a 10-day visit to Perth. port call to Pearl Harbor from Aug. 4-8.

August 15, USS Asheville returned to San Diego after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).

From Sept. 19-23, SSN 758 was underway in SOCAL Op. Area for sea trials and services for USS Drum (SSN 677) TWP.

October 8, The Asheville arrived at NAS Alameda for a four-day port call to participate in San Francisco Fleet Week.

From Dec. 2-17, the Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine was underway in SOCAL providing services for USS La Jolla (SSN 701) TWP and conducting operations with the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) BG. Underway for two dependent's cruises on Dec. 17.

From Jan. 12 through Feb. 10, 1995, USS Asheville was underway for ORSE, TRE and PCO operations in the Hawaiian Op. Area. Port call to Pearl Harbor from Feb. 10-15; Returned home on Feb. 24.

March 15, The Asheville entered the dry-dock Arco for a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Underway for sea trials from May 21-23; Underway for local operations from May 26- June 2; Inport NAS North Island for VIP tours from June 2-6; Underway for routine training from June 6-9 and 12-16th; Underway for AMDS testing on SOCAL Shallow Water Minefield from July 6-17; Underway for routine training from July 20-23.

From September 5-19, USS Asheville was underway for acoustic trials at the Southeast Alaska Acoustic Measurement Facility (SEAFAC) in Behm Canal off Ketchikan, Alaska. Port call to Esquimalt, Canada, from Sept. 19-22; Returned to Point Loma on Oct. 2 after AMDS testing at Quinault range ORSE workup; Underway for routine training from Oct. 10-13; Underway for sea trials and routine training from Dec. 6-15 after repairs at Arco dry-dock.

From January 8-12, 1996, SSN 758 was underway for POM workup; Underway for POMCERT/TRE from Jan. 16-25.

February 9, USS Asheville departed Naval Submarine Base Point Loma for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

February 24, The Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine arrived at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, for a five-day port call.

April 2, The Asheville pulled into Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan, for an 18-day upkeep. Port visit to Chinhae, Republic of Korea, from April 23-26.

April 29, USS Asheville pulled again into Chinhae for a three-day port call after participating in a joint exercise with the Korean submarine Choi Moo Sun (SS 603).

July 5, SSN 758 pulled into Subic Bay, Philippines, for a four-day port call.

July 14, The Asheville pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a 10-day port visit to get tender support services.

August 9, USS Asheville returned to San Diego after a six-month deployment.

From Sept. 9-13, the Asheville was underway for Advanced Mine Detection Sonar (AMDS) testing in the SOCAL Op. Area. Underway for sea trials from Oct. 15-18; Underway for local operations from Oct. 23-31, Nov. 13-14, 19-26, Dec. 2-5 and 9-17th; Underway for Northrop Grumman Sea Ferret Testing and drydeck launching exercises with the USMC First Force RECON personnel from Dec. 18-20.

From January 6-10, 1997, USS Asheville was underway for routine training. Underway again from Jan. 16-26 and 27-28th; Underway for TWTCP from March 14-21; In dry-dock Arco from March 21- April 1; Underway for Tactical Readiness Evaluation (TRE) from April 4-17; Underway for Battle Group operations from April 21- May 8.

June 12, USS Asheville arrived in its new homeport of Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after a two-week transit from San Diego, Calif.

July 8, SSN 758 departed Pearl Harbor for Midshipmen operations in the southern California OPAREA. Port calls to NSB Point Loma from July 17-21 and 25-28th; Returned home on Aug. 6.

August ?, Cmdr. Bruce E. Grooms relieved Cmdr. Terrell L. Tribble as the 4th commanding officer of USS Asheville; Underway for routine training from Aug. 18-22; Underway for sea trials and training from Sept. 30- Oct. 9; Underway for HPSP/AMDS testing in shallow water areas from Nov. 4-5 and 7-15th; In Dry Dock #4 at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for emergent repairs from Dec. 11-23.

February 20, 1998 USS Asheville departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet AoR. Port call to Yokosuka, Japan, from March 2-12.

March 22, The Asheville arrived in Pattaya, Thailand, for a six-day liberty. Port calls to Chinhae, ROK, from April 5-11 and 14-16th; Brief visit to White Beach, Okinawa, Japan, on May 20; Port calls to Hong Kong (May 24-28); Sasebo, Japan, (Aug. 4-19); and Yokosuka (Aug. 7-10); Returned to homeport on Aug. 20.

September 29, USS Asheville entered the Dry Dock #4 for a 15-week Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Underway for sea trials from Jan. 11-13, 1999, and Feb. 18-20.

From March 4-18, SSN 758 was underway for a tactical development exercise. Underway for CODT from April 30- May 4.

May 7, The Asheville anchored off the coast of Lahaina, Maui, for a four-day port visit as part of Dependent's Cruise. Underway for acoustic communication testing from May 18-25.

July 6, USS Asheville departed Pearl Harbor for Midshipmen operations in the SOCAL Op. Area. Port calls to NSB Point Loma from July 14-18, 21-22 and 22-25th.

July 29, The nuclear-powered submarine pulled into Esquimalt, B.C., Canada, for a four-day port visit before conducting testing on SEAFAC range. Returned home on Aug. 18.

October 15, Cmdr. Kerry D. Ingalls relieved Cmdr. Bruce E. Grooms as CO of SSN 758.

October 21, USS Asheville departed homeport to participate in FLEETEX as part of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Battle Group and TRE off the coast of southern California. Port call to Point Loma from Oct. 27-29.

November 1, The Asheville conducted Operational Test Launch (OTL) of Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM). After the launch, an F-14 Tomcat pilot took control of the missile that flew to Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California, hitting the target perfectly; Another visit to NSB Point Loma from Nov. 8-12; Returned home on Nov. 26 after participating in a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) in the SOCAL Op. Area.

January 11, 2000 USS Asheville departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled deployment with the Stennis BG. Port call to Yokosuka, Japan, from Jan. 27- Feb. 3.

February 8, The Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine moored alongside USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) for a four-day liberty to Hong Kong. Port call to Singapore from Feb. 16-20.

March 7, USS Asheville pulled into Mina Salman port in Manama, Bahrain, for a brief port call. Port visit to Jebel Ali, U.A.E., from March 15-20; Another visit to Manama from March 28- April 3.

April 28, The Asheville pulled into Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, for a five-day port call. Port visit to Yokosuka from May 7-15.

June 20, SSN 758 arrived in Naval Base Sasebo, Japan, for a week-long port call to get tender support services from USS Frank Cable (AS 40).

July 7, USS Asheville returned to homeport after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR.

November 9, The Asheville departed Pearl Harbor for a four-day Dependent's Cruise to Lahaina, Maui.

June 26, 2003 The Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine departed Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash., for a six-day sea trials. Inport NSB Bangor from July 2-9.

July 15, USS Asheville, commanded by Cmdr. P. J. Scanlon, arrived at its new homeport of NSB Point Loma in San Diego after completing a two-year engineering overhaul.

From July 23-28, the Asheville was underway providing services for USS Portsmouth's (SSN 707) POMCERT. Underway with USS Peleliu (LHA 5) ESG from July 30- Aug. 7; Underway for local operations from Aug. 11-16 and 19-21th.

August 26, SSN 758 departed San Diego to conduct acoustic trials at the Southeast Alaska Acoustic Measurement Facility range. Moored at SEAFAC static site on Back Island from Sept. 1-2; Returned home on Sept. 12; Underway for sea trials and local operations from Dec. 2-19.

From January 13-18, 2004, USS Asheville was underway for Commanding Officer's Discretionary Time (CODT). Underway for local operations from Jan 20-25 and Feb. 2-18; underway for submarine tracking exercise from March 10-21; Underway for TRE and John C. Stennis CSG's JTFEX as part of opposition forces from March 22-28; underway for local operations from May 14-20; underway for routine training from June 1-5; Underway for Dependent's cruises on June 7, 21, and 25th; Underway for routine training from June 22-24; In dry-dock Arco from June 29- July 27; Underway for CODT from Aug. 2-8 and 11-12; underway for POM work-up and POMCERT from Aug. 29- Sept. 14.

October 1, USS Asheville departed San Diego for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

October 14, The Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a four-day port call to get tender support services from USS Frank Cable. Another port call to Guam from Oct. 23-28.

November 9, The Asheville pulled into White Beach, Okinawa, for a brief visit before participating in Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) from Nov. 10-19; Upkeep at Apra Harbor from Nov. 23- Dec. 8.

April 1, 2005 USS Asheville returned to Naval Base Point Loma after a six-month deployment. She also made port calls to Singapore, Japan, Saipan and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

July 22, Capt. Michael McLaughlin relieved Capt. Robert Thomas as commodore of Submarine Squadron 11, during a change-of-command ceremony aboard the SSN 758 at Point Loma, Calif.

August 1, 2006 USS Asheville departed San Diego for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

November 9, The U.S. Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force kicked off their largest bilateral exercise, ANNUALEX. About 8,500 U.S. Sailors are taking part aboard 13 ships, and submarines, including Asheville, and various shore-based aircraft.

November 30, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine recently departed Hong Kong after a scheduled port visit.

February 3, 2007 USS Asheville returned to homeport after a six-month underway period. She traveled over 37,000 nautical miles and visited Yokosuka, Japan; Apra Harbor, Guam; Saipan; and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

April 25, SSN 758 entered the floating dry dock Arco (ARDM 5) at Naval Base Point Loma for a scheduled maintenance period.

July 12, Cmdr. Broderick Berkhout relieved Cmdr. Scott C. Swehla as CO of the Asheville during a change-of-command ceremony at the USS Roncador Memorial on Naval Base Point Loma.

December 13, USS Asheville departed San Diego for a Friends and Family Day Cruise.

December 3, 2008 The Asheville returned home after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet AoR.

August 13, 2009 Cmdr. Gerald N. Miranda, Jr., relieved Cmdr. Broderick Berkhout as CO of SSN 758 during a pier-side ceremony in Point Loma.

February 3, 2010 USS Asheville departed Naval Base Point Loma for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

August 3, USS Asheville returned to San Diego after a six-month underway period. The submarine traveled more than 37,000 nautical miles and made port visits to Sasebo, Japan; and Apra Harbor, Guam.

August 23, 2011 The Asheville departed Naval Base Point Loma for a scheduled deployment to the Southern Command Area of Responsibility (AoR).

December 16, USS Asheville returned to San Diego after traveling more than 20,000 n.m. SSN 758 participated in missions to counter the growing connection among narcotics groups, illicit trafficking networks, and hybrid criminal-terrorist-insurgent organizations. The Asheville also conducted two port visits to Panama.

March 16, 2012 Cmdr. Douglas A. Bradley relieved Cmdr. Gerald N. Miranda, Jr., as commanding officer of the Asheville during a pierside ceremony on Naval Base Point Loma.

March 26, 2013 USS Asheville departed homeport for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

April 16, The Asheville moored at Berth 13S in Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for a six-day port call.

June 8, SSN 758 moored outboard the USS Frank Cable (AS 40) in Subic Bay, Philippines, to get tender support services. Inport Yokosuka again from July 24-30.

October 2, USS Asheville returned to Naval Base Point Loma after a six-month deplyment. The sub traveled more than 30,000 n.m. and also made port call to Apra Harbor, Guam.

October 18, Rear Adm. William R. Merz relieved Rear Adm. Robert M. Hennegan as Commander, Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command (NMAWC) during a change-of-command ceremony on board the Asheville.

December 11, USS Asheville departed San Diego for a three-year Engineered Overhaul (EOH) at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PHNSY&IMF), Hawaii.

August 12, 2014 Cmdr. Paul R. Pampuro relieved Cmdr. Douglas A. Bradley as CO of the Asheville during a change-of-command ceremony on board the Battleship Missouri Memorial in Pearl Harbor.