USS COLUMBUS
SSN 762
  
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The Columbus (SSN 762) is the 12th Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine and the fourth ship of the United States Navy to be named for Columbus, Ohio. 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 7, 1991. She was christened and launched on August 1, 1992. Mrs. Margaret A. DeMars, wife of Adm. Bruce DeMars, Director of Naval Nuclear Power, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Carl M. Smeigh, Jr., is the prospective commanding officer.

April 27, 1993 The Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Columbus underway for the first time to conduct Builder's (Alpha "A") sea trials. Delivered to the U.S. Navy on June 23 and arrived in Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn.

July 24, USS Columbus was commissioned during a ceremony at Groton, CT.

In August, the Columbus was underway for initial operations in the Puerto Rican Op. Area. Port calls to Port Canaveral, Fla.; NS Roosevelt Roads, P.R.; and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

In September, the Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine visited Sharleston, S.C. Underway for Operational Reactor Safeguards Examination (ORSE) in November.

January 5, 1994 USS Columbus entered the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard in Groton for a five-month Post Shakedown Availability (PSA).

April 30, Cmdr. Daniel R. Sigg relieved Cmdr. Carl M. Smeigh, Jr., as CO of SSN 762.

Port calls to Port Everglades, Fla., in late July and NSB Kings Bay, Ga., in early August, for emergent repairs to communication equipment. Transited Panama Canal on Aug. 18; Port call to San Diego, Calif., from Aug. 23-28; Conducted acoustic trials in Behm Canal off Ketchikan, Alaska, in early September.

September 23, USS Columbus arrived in its homeport of Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after a two-month interfleet transfer from Groton, CT.

During the first week of June 1995, the Columbus underwent its first Tactical Readiness Evaluation (TRE). During the six-day underway period, the ship was evaluated in several areas including: damage control, basic submarine knowledge, navigation, strike planning and execution, anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, mine-warfare and special forces insertion, search and rescue; Underway for ORSE in third week of August.

November 28, USS Columbus departed Pearl Harbor for its maiden western Pacific deployment.

December 9, SSN 762 pulled into Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan, for a week-long port call.

January 25, 1996 USS Columbus moored next to the USNS Naragansett (T-ATF 167) for a four-day port visit to Hong Kong. Upkeep at Yokosuka from Feb. 5-16.

February 22, The Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine pulled into Subic Bay, Philippines, for a four-day port call.

March 3, The Columbus pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, in preparation for a Special Warfare Exercises (SPECWAREX). Brief visit to Apra Harbor on 11th; Another upkeep at Yokosuka from March 19-29.

May 13, USS Columbus returned to Naval Station Pearl Harbor after five-and-a-half month deployment.

July 26, The Columbus departed homeport for a three-day Dependent's Cruise to Lahaina, Hawaii.

October 29, SSN 762 departed Pearl Harbor to conduct operations off the west coast of British Columbia.

November 8, USS Columbus pulled into Esquimalt naval base for a five-day port visit to Victoria, Canada. Returned home on Nov. 27.

From January 21 through Feb. 15, 1997, the Columbus was underway for sea trials and Prospective Commanding Officer (PCO) operations; Underway for local operations from Feb. 27- March 7.

March 14, Cmdr. Tracey A. Fischer relieved Cmdr. Daniel R. Sigg as the 4th commanding officer of the USS Columbus; Underway for local operations from May 7-22, June 9- July 2 and July 7-17.

August 22, The Columbus commenced a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. Underway for sea trials from Nov. 21-26; Underway for local operations and a port visit to Lahaina, Maui, from Dec. 2-18.

From January 20-30, 1998, USS Columbus was underway for a Tactical Weapons Proficiency (TWP). Underway again on Feb. 3.

February 9, SSN 762 pulled into Naval Submarine Base Point Loma in San Diego for a three-week port call for training with other members of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) BG.

March 13, The Columbus arrived in Esquimalt Naval Base for a three-day visit to Victoria, B.C., after conducting sound trials in the waters off Alaska. Returned home on April 3; Underway for local operations with USS Pasadena (SSN 752) and ORSE from June 2-15; Underway for ASWEX from June 18-23; Underway for local operations from June 26-29; Underway for Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) '98 exercise from July 12- Aug. 1; Underway for local operations from Sept. 8-16.

October 9, USS Columbus departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a scheduled western Pacific deployment, as part of the Vinson Battle Group.

In November, the Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine arrived at Yokosuka, Japan, for a Thanksgiving celebration. Port visit to Phuket, Thailand, in December; Supported Operation Desert Fox on December 19.

February 28, 1999, USS Columbus arrived in Singapore for a nine days of liberty.

March 26, SSN 762 pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for an eight-day port call to get tender support services from USS Frank Cable (AS 40) after participating in exercise Tandem Thrust.

April 10, USS Columbus returned to homeport after a six-month deployment, steaming more than 36,000 miles.

May 21, The Columbus departed Pearl Harbor for a five-day Dependent's Cruise to Lahaina, Maui; Underway for sea trilas on July 10; Underway for PCO operations from July 29- Aug. 12.

September 20, Cmdr. Norman B. Moore relieved Cmdr. Tracey A. Fischer as CO of the USS Columbus.

January 27, 2000 The nuclear-powered attack submarine departed homeport for a 17-day underway period to conduct PCO operations. Underway for sea trials and local operations from March 21-31; Underway for Pre-overseas Movement Certification from April 11-19.

May 8, USS Columbus departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

May 17, The Colubus arrived in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, for a five-day liberty visit. She is the first nuclear submarine to arrived pierside at this island. Brief port call to Apra Harbor from May 22-23 before participating in a special warfare submarine exercise; Following SEAL operations in Guam, the ship commenced her first of two special operations missions.

July 15, SSN 762 pulled into Laem Chabang, Thailand, for a week-long liberty visit to Pattaya and Bangkok.

July 29, USS Columbus arrived in White Beach Naval Facility at Okinawa, Japan, for a two-day port call before participating in ASW exercise SHAREM 134. After the exercise, the sub spent nine days in Yokosuka, Japan, for voyage repairs with USS Frank Cable; Departed Sasebo, Japan, after a few days of liberty.

September 10, USS Columbus departed Naval Base Sasebo after another visit to Japan for emergent repairs. Port call to Apra Harbor from Oct. 1-6.

October 19, The Columbus returned to homeport after more than a five-month deployment. Ammo offload at West Loch from Nov. 27-28.

December 8, the Los Angeles-Improved class fast attack submarine anchored in Lahaina Harbor for a five-day visit to Maui.

January 10, 2001 USS Columbus entered the Dry Dock #2 at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for a 15-week Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Underway for sea trials on April 21.

From June 11-24, the Columbus conducted both at-sea and in-port training in preparation for TWP examination.

August 20, SSN 762 departed Pearl Harbor to conduct acoustic trials in Behm Canal off Ketchikan, Alaska. Brief visit to Ketchikan from Sept. 1-2; Port call to NSB Point loma from Sept. 9-16 after conducting routine training in the SOCAL Op. Area; Returned home on Sept. 22.

From Janury 10-25, 2002, the Columbus was underway for Pre-overseas Movement (POMCERT) work-up and certification.

February 8, USS Columbus departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR). Port call to Apra Harbor, Guam, from Feb. 16-22.

March 27, The Columbus pulled into Changi Naval Base for a six-day port visit to Singapore. Port calls to Sasebo, Japan, from May 13-17 and May 24- June 3; Brief visit to Chinhae, Republic of Korea, on July 12.

July 18, The Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine arrived at Yokosuka, Japan, for a nine-day upkeep.

August 6, USS Columbus returned to Pearl Harbor after a six-month underway period.

September 6, Cmdr. Michael B. Ryan relieved Cmdr. Norman B. Moore as commanding officer of SSN 762.

From Sept. 12-16, the Columbus was underway for Commanding Officer's Discretionary Time (CODT).

From Feb. 5-12, 2003, USS Columbus was underway for PCO operations. Underway again from Feb. 14-22; Underway for Tactical Readiness Evaluation from March 15-29; Underway again on May 8; Inport NSB Point Loma from May 23-27; The submarine successfully launched two Tomahawk cruise missiles off the coast of southern California in late May.

October 28, USS Columbus departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

November 19, The Columbus pulled into Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a two-week upkeep after participating in Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX). Port call to Singapore from Dec. 10-16.

January 27, 2004 SSN 762 pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for an eight-day port call. Port visit to Sasebo, Japan, from Feb. 12-17.

February 24, The Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine arrived in Chinhae, ROK, for a three-day port visit before participating in ANNUALEX. Upkeep at Yokosuka, Japan, from April 8-20.

April 28, USS Columbus returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.

August 30, The columbus departed Pearl Harbor for a transit to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash., for a Depot Modernization Period (DMP). Port visit to Esquimalt, B.C., Canada, from Sept. 11-14; Arrived in Bremerton on Sept. 15; Entered the dry-dock on Sept. 28.

December 22, 2006 USS Columbus returned to Naval Station Pearl Harbor after completing a 21-month overhaul at the PSNS.

March 11, 2008 USS Columbus, commanded by Cmdr. James Doody, departed homeport for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

August 7, The Columbus departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka after a week-long upkeep. Brief stop at Okinawa in mid-August.

September 11, USS Columbus returned to Pearl Harbor after a six-month underway period. She also made port visits to Guam and Japan.

November 23, 2009 USS Columbus departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific.

May 28, 2010 SSN 762 returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after a six-month deployment.

September 2, 2011 Cmdr. David A. Youtt relieved Cmdr. David Minyard as CO of the Columbus during a change-of-command ceremony at the submarine piers in Pearl Harbor. Minyard was the commanding officer since May 8, 2009.

February 22, 2012 USS Columbus departed homeport for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

March 6, The Columbus pulled into Jinhae naval base for a scheduled port visit to the Republic of Korea. The Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine is currently participating in a joint military exercises Key Resolve/Foal Eagle 2012.

April 19, USS Columbus arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for a five-day port call after participating in a SHAREM 170 exercise with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships.

May 30, SSN 762 pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a routine port call.

August 23, USS Clumbus returned to Pearl Harbor after a six-month deployment.

February 19, 2014 USS Columbus departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.

March 3, The Columbus moored at Busan Naval Base, Republic of Korea, for a five-day port call.

March 19, USS Columbus moored at Berth 1, Akasaki Pier in Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, for a six-day port call. Brief stop at Sasebo on March 28, April 1 and May 2.

May 8, The Los Angeles-Improved class submarine moored at Berth 13, Fleet Activities Yokosuka for an eight-day upkeep.

July 24, USS Columbus moored at Akasaki Pier in Sasebo, Japan, for a two-day port call before participating in a trilateral exercise Malabar 2014. Inport Apra Harbor, Guam, in mid-August.

August 21, USS Columbus returned to homeport after a six-month deployment.

August 26, Cmdr. Albert A. Alarcon relieved Cmdr. David A. Youtt as CO of SSN 762 during a change-of-command ceremony on board the sub.

January 12, 2015 The Columbus departed Pearl Harbor for local operations.

July 11, The Columbus transited the Panama Canal southbound.

August 11, USS Columbus moored at Berth S1A on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after a three-month deployment to the U.S. 4th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AoR). She is the first Los Angeles-class submarine to visit Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

August 14, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) was awarded a $57,9 million contract to perform planning efforts needed to conduct maintenance, upgrades and modernization on USS Columbus during the Engineered Overhaul (EOH) period. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $288,6 million. Work will be performed in Newport News, Virginia, and is expected to be completed in May 2019.