USS SPRINGFIELD SSN 761
The Springfield (SSN 761), a Los Angeles-class attack submarine, is the fourth ship of the U.S. Navy to bear that name. She was specifically named for Springfield, Illinois, and Springfield, Massachusetts. The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut on March 21, 1986, and her keel was laid down on January 29, 1990. She was christened and launched on January 4, 1992; sponsored by the Honorable Lynn Martin, and commissioned on January 9, 1993, with Cmdr. Richard K. Ford in command.
August 12, 2003 The Springfiled moored outboard the USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) in La Maddalena, Sardinia, for a six-day Fleet Maintenance Availability (FMAV).
October 19, SSN 761 pulled again into Naval Support Activity La Maddalena for a six-day upkeep.
November 10, USS Springfield returned to Naval Submarine Base New London after a four-month deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Since departed Groton, Conn., on July 15, she operated in conjunction with the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Carrier Strike Group, and visited Rota, Spain; Aksaz, Turkey; and Gibraltar.
February 13, 2004 Cmdr. Peter Miller relieved Cmdr. Daniel P. Forney as commanding officer of the Springfield in a ceremony at the Shepherd of the Sea Chapel.
Beginning in mid-2004, SSN 761 began an extensive overhaul and modernization period at Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Conn. In addition to normal periodic maintenance and repairs, the nuclear-powered sub received extensive modernization in fire control systems, sonar processing, weapons launch systems, and communications outfit, a ring laser gyro inertial navigation system, as well as stealth improvements and engine room upgrades. The overhaul was completed in Dec. 2005.
March 29, 2007 USS Springfield returned to Groton, Conn., after a six-month deployment.
As of May, the Springfield, commanded by Cmdr. Paul E. Savage, is in port for a routine upkeep and modernization period.
September 12, 2008 USS Springfield departed Naval Submarine Base New London for a scheduled depolyment, as part of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Carrier Strike Group.
February 27, 2009 The Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine pulled into Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a routine port call.
March 12, USS Springfield returned to homeport after a six-month underway period. She made seven port calls, including the first by an SSN to Fujairah, U.A.E., and is also the first attack submarine to navigate the southern tip of Africa using full electronic navigation - Voyage Management System (VMS).
August 25, The U.S Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $42 million contract to plan and perform routine maintenance and modernization work on USS Springfield. It is expected to be completed by February 2010.
November 10, 2011 USS Springfield returned to Groton after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR.
January 20, 2012 Cmdr. Christian B. Williams relieved Cmdr. Enrique N. Panlilio as CO of the SSN 761 during a change-of-command ceremony at the Naval Submarine Library and Museum in Groton.
October 19, The Springfield arrived in Annapolis, Md., for a three-day port visit to U.S. Naval Academy in conjunction with the homecoming weekend.
January 22, 2013 USS Springfield departed NSB New London for a surge Middle East deployment.
February 4, SSN 761 recently moored at Toulon Naval Base, France, for a routine port call; Underway on Feb. 8.
April 1, The Springfield moored at Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) in Hidd, Bahrain, for a week-long upkeep.
June 3, The Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine arrived in Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Teritory, for a routine port call.
July 22, USS Springfield returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.
From April 4-10, 2014, the Springfield participated in annual anti-submarine warfare (ASW) exercise Fleet Challenge, in the Jacksonville Op. Area.
July 18, Cmdr. Daniel J. Lombardo relieved Cmdr. Christian B. Williams as CO of the USS Springfield during a change-of-command ceremony on board the ex-USS Nautilus (SSN 571) at NSB New London. SSN 761 is currently at the floating dry-dock Shippingport (ARDM 4) for a Drydocking Continuous Maintenance Availability (D-CMAV).
September 12, USS Springfield recently completed sea trials after a three-month availability.
September 4, 2015 Capt. John E. McGunnigle, Jr., Commander, Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 4 relieved of duty Cmdr. Daniel Lombardo due to a "loss of confidence in his ability to command." Capt. Jack Houdeshell, the deputy commander of SUBRON 4, assumed temporary command of the USS Springfield.
November 4, The Springfield, commanded by Capt. Roger E. Meyer, returned to Naval Submarine Base New London after underway for routine training; Brief stop off NSB New London on Nov. 30; Returned home on Dec. 18.?
January ?, 2016 USS Springfield departed Groton for a scheduled deployment.
March 10, SSN 761 moored at Haakonsvern Naval Base in Bergen, Norway, for a week-long port call; Moored at Haakonsvern Naval Base again from April 11-1?.
April 19, The Springfield moored at Her Majesty Naval Base (HMNB) Clyde in Faslane, Scotland, for a 12-day upkeep.
May 6, USS Springfield moored at East NATO Fuel Pier in Portinho da Costa, Portugal, for a four-day liberty port visit to Lisbon; Transited the Strait of Gibraltar on May 11.
May 17, USS Springfield moored at Milhaud Pier 5E in Toulon Naval Base, France, for a four-day port visit; Brief stop off Augusta Bay, Sicily, on May 24.
May 31, The Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine made a brief stop off Limassol, Cyprus, to resupply.
June 27, The Springfield moored at Berth 2, Pier 1 on Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a routine port call.
July 14, USS Springfield moored at Pier 10S on Naval Submarine Base New London following a six-month deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR.
November 18, Cmdr. Brent C. Spillner relieved Capt. Roger E. Meyer as the 13th CO of Springfield, during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London's Shepherd of the Sea chapel.
December 1, SSN 761 arrived at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, for a scheduled Engineered Overhaul (EOH), after a two-day transit from Groton.