USS MONTPELIER
SSN 765
  
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The Montpelier (SSN 765) is the 15th Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine and the third ship of the U.S. Navy to be named for Montpelier, Vermont. The contract to build her was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia on February 6, 1987, and her keel was laid down on May 19, 1989. She was christened on April 6, 1991, and launched on August 23. Mrs. Nancy H. Sununu, the wife of White House Chief of Staff John Sununu, served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Victor R. Fiebig is the prospective commanding officer.

March 13, 1993 USS Montpelier was commissioned during a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.

March 22, 1995 USS Montpelier departed Norfolk for its maiden Mediterranean deployment. She was originally scheduled to deploy as part of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Battle Group, her mission tasking was changed immediately prior to deploying to allow the ship to conduct a wide variety of independent operations exercising the ship's multi-mission capabilities.

May 1, The Montpelier arrived at Naval Support Activity La Maddalena, Italy, for a 10-day port call to get tender support services after supporting Operation Sharp Guard from April 7-28.

June 5, SSN 765 pulled into Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, for a week-long port call after supporting Operation Sharp Guard from May 13- June 3. Another upkeep at La Maddalena from June 28- July 19; Port visit to Naples, Italy, from July 21-25.

July 26, The Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine arrived at Toulon Naval Base for a nine-day visit to France. Port call to La Maddalena from Aug. 11-16.

August 30, USS Montpelier returned to homeport after a five-month deployment.

October 24, The Montpelier departed Norfolk for Prospective Commanding Officer (PCO) operations in the Puerto Rican OPAREA. Port calls to Naval Station Roosevelt Roads from Oct. 28-31 and Nov. 10-11; Returned home on Nov. 20 after Tactical Readiness Evaluation (TRE) in the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) range off Andros Island, Bahamas, from Nov. 14-16.

From Feb. 7 through March 7, 1996, USS Montpelier was underway in the Jacksonville Op. Area and AUTEC range; In dry-dock from March 9-15; Underway again from May 13-17 and May 28- June 7.

July 11, SSN 765 emergency sortied from Naval Station Norfolk to avoid the Hurricane Bertha.

July 29, Cmdr. David E. Eyler relieved Cmdr. Roger W. Seedorf as CO of the Montpelier.

From July 31 through Sept. 9, The Los Angeles-Improved class submarine was underway in the Puerto Rican Op. Area for Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). Port call to Roosevelt Roads from Aug. 22-24; Underway for Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) from Oct. 7-25; In Norfolk Naval Shipyard's dry-dock from Oct. 26- Nov. 5.

November 25, USS Montpelier departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment with the Roosevelt BG.

December 9, The Montpelier arrived in Lisbon, Portugal, for a five-day port visit. Port call to La Maddalena, Italy, from Dec. 16-19.

December 23, USS Montpelier pulled into Gibraltar, British Crown Teritory, for a seven-day port call.

January 10, 1997 SSN 765 arrived again in La Maddalena, Sardinia, for a five-day port visit to get tender support services from USS Simon Lake (AS 33).

January 25, USS Montpelier arrived in Limassol, Cyprus, for a five-day port call.

February 8, The Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine pulled into Souda Bay, Greece, for a four-day port call after participating in exercise Whale Watch from Feb. 3-7; Another upkeep in La Maddalena from Feb. 16-25.

March 9, The Montpelier arrived in Haifa, Israel, for a five-day port visit after participating in exercise INVITEX 1-97 from March 3-7. Transited Suez Canal on March 16.

April 1, USS Montpelier arrived in Manama, Bahrain, for a four-day port call after participating in exercise Nautical Swimmer, off the coast of Saudi Arabia, from March 27-31; Returned to Mediterranean on April 24; Voyage repairs in La Maddalena from April 29- May 9.

May 22, USS Montpelier returned to Norfolk after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR.

July 2, SSN 765 entered the Medium Auxiliary Floating Drydock Resolute (AFDM-10) at Naval Station Norfolk for an eight-week Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA). Underway for sea trials from Aug. 30- Sept. 5; Underway for CNO Special Operations on Sept. 15; Port visit to Annappolis, Md., from Sept. 19-24; Returned home on Oct. 1.

October 24, The Montpelier pulled into Port Canaveral, Fla., for a three-day visit. Underway for USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) BG's COMPTUEX as part of opposition forces from Oct. 27 through Nov. 25; Port calls to Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, from Nov. 2-3 and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, from Nov. 7-11; Underway again from Dec. 1-17 for TRE in the AUTEC and CNO Special Operations.

From January 25- Feb. 6, 1998, the Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine was underway in the Virginia Capes OPAREA.

March 20, USS Montpelier arrived at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., for a two-week visit. Underway for local operations from April 13-20; In dry-dock Resolute from May 15-29; Underway for local operations from June 17-19, June 29- July 2 and July 13-17; Underway for Tiger Cruise from July 23-24.

July 31, USS Montpelier departed Naval Station Norfolk for a northern Atlantic deployment.

September 22, The Montpelier pulled into Haakonsvern Naval Base in Bergen, Norway, for a three-day port visit.

September 29, SSN 765 pulled into HMNB Clyde in Faslane, Scotland, for a 13-day port call. Another visit to Faslane from Nov. 23-26.

December 7, The Montpelier arrived in Brest, France, for a three-day port visit.

December 22, USS Montpelier returned to homeport after a nearly five-month deployment.

January 29, 1999 Cmdr. Ronald A. LaSalvia relieved Cmdr. David E. Eyler as the 4th commanding officer of the Montpelier.

From March 2-18, the Montpelier was underway for Torpedo Exercise in the AUTEC range. Port call to Port Everglades, Fla., from March 5-8; Underway for local operations from May 11-20; Underway for TORPEX and Midshipmen operations from June 11- July 8; Port calls to Port Canaveral form June 24-27, June 29- July 1 and July 2-6; Underway for local operations from Aug. 17-27 after a five-week in dry-dock Resolute.

September 15, The Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine emergency sortied from Naval Station Norfolk to avoid the Hurricane Floyd. Again in dry-dock from Oct. 21- Nov. 10; Underway for ISE and Type Training from Dec. 8-17.

From January 24 through February 7, 2000, USS Montpelier was underway for routine testing in AUTEC. Port call to Port Canaveral from Jan. 27-28; Underway for REFTRA and local operations from Feb. 14-27; Underway for routine training in the Narragansett Bay and AUTEC range from March 14-31; In Port Canaveral from March 18-22; Underway for Refresher Training from April 18-25; Underway for Prospective Commanding Officer (PCO) operations from April 27-29; In dry-dock Resolute from May 3-31; Underway for sea trials and REFTRA from June 6-15; Port call to Port Canaveral from June 10-12; Underway for local operations from July 10-14.

July 26, USS Montpelier departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment to the South America in support of UNITAS exercise. Port call to Port Everglades, Fla., from July 29- Aug. 2.

August 13, SSN 765 pulled into Vasco Nunez de Balboa Naval Base for a four-day port call after transiting Panama Canal.

August 25, The Montpelier anchored off the coast of Callao, Peru, for a two-day port visit after participating in the first part of UNITAS Pacific. Another visit to Callao from Sept. 1-4.

September 17, The Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine anchored off Valparaiso, Chile, for a three-day port visit after participating in a bilateral exercise with the Chilean navy from Sept. 13-17; Anchored off the coast of Talcahuano, Chile, from Sept. 22-29.

October 16, USS Montpelier arrived in Punta del Este, Urugvay, for a three-day port visit after participating in the Atlantic phase of UNITAS. Returned home on Nov. 7; Ammo offload at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va., from Dec. 18-21.

February 6, 2001 The Montpelier departed homeport for a week-long Refresher Training (REFTRA) in the VACAPES Op. Area. Underway for routine training in the Puerto Rican and Cherry Point Op. Areas from Feb. 27 through March 30; Port call to Port Canaveral from March 27-28; Underway for operational training from April 4-6 and May 15-21; Underway for PCO operations from May 22-24; Underway for Tactical Readiness Evaluation (TRE) in the AUTEC range from May 29- June 8.

June 23, SSN 765 pulled into Port Canaveral, Fla., for a two-day port call.

July 13, USS Montpelier entered the Dry Dock #3 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a four-month Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA).

July 27, Cmdr. William J. Frake relieved Cmdr. Ronald A. LaSalvia as CO of the Montpelier; Underway for sea trials from Nov. 3-7; Underway for routine training in the Boston Op. Area from Nov. 10-20; Underway for REFTRA from Nov. 26-30 and Dec. 10-14.

From January 29- Feb. 28, 2002, the Montpelier was underway for routine training in the AUTEC range. Visit to Port Canaveral from Feb. 4-7 and 18-22nd.

May 30, The fast-attack nuclear submarine departed Norfolk for Engineering Readiness Review. Brief port visit to NSB New London on June 3; Port call to Halifax, Nova Scotia, from June 10-13; Returned home on June 30 after Operational Reactor Safeguards Examination (ORSE) work-ups; Underway for ORSE from July 1-3.

August 10, USS Montpelier arrived in Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., for a two-week pre-deployment training. Returned home on Aug. 31; Underway again on Sept. 12 for ISE and Tactical Readiness Review; Brief visit to Port Canaveral on Sept. 20.

September 24, SSN 765 moored at Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) on Andros Island, Bahamas, for a brief visit. Port call to Port Canaveral from Sept. 27-30; Returned home on Oct. 2 after a Tiger Cruise; Underway for Pre-overseas Movement Workup from Nov. 13-25; Underway for Pre-overseas Movement Certification from Dec. 3-13.

January 6, 2003 USS Montpelier departed Naval Station Norfolk for a scheduled deployment, with the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Battle Group.

January 26, The Montpelier moored outboard the USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) at Aksaz Naval Base, Turkey, for a three-day port call to get tender support services. Transited Suez Canal on Feb. 1.

February 13, The Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine arrived in Manama, Bahrain, for a five-day port call. Another visit to Manama from March 8-10.

March 21, USS Montpelier launched its first Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Returned to Mediterranean on April 14; Port call to Souda Bay, Crete, from April 17-18 for tender support services; Inport Souda Bay again from May 14-19.

May 23, SSN 765 arrived in La Maddalena, Italy, for a two-week Fleet Maintenance Availability (FMAV) with the Emory S. Land. Brief port visit to Augusta Bay, Italy, on June 14 after participating in exercise Shark Hunt from June 6-13.

June 21, The Montpelier pulled into Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a seven-day port call. Brief visit to Port Canaveral on July 7.

July 10, USS Montpelier returned to homeport after a six-month deployment to the U.S. European Command and U.S. Central Command Areas of Responsibility (AoR). She launched 20 Tomahawk cruise missiles in support of OIF.

From August 17-31, the Montpelier was underway for IW experiment in the AUTEC range. Underway again on Oct. 10 for support services.

October 22, The Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine anchored off Annapolis, Md., for a five-day port visit. Port call to Groton, Conn., from Oct. 29-31.

November 14, USS Montpelier pulled into Port Canaveral, Fla., for a two-day port call after conducting PCO operations in the AUTEC range. Returned home on Nov. 21 after a three-day Tiger Cruise from Port Canaveral.

From January 12-31, 2004, SSN 765 was underway for Group Strike Operations. Port calls to Port Canaveral from Jan. 15-16 and 27-29th.

February 13, Cmdr. Mark E. Davis relieved Cmdr. William J. Frake as commanding officer of USS Montpelier. Underway for target services exercises from March 9-22 and April 27-29; Underway for Type Commander Training from May 4-8.

May 27, The Montpelier arrived in Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, for an 18-month Depot Modernization Period (DMP). Entered the dry-dock on June 24.

August 30, 2005 SSN 765 returned to Naval Station Norfolk after sea trials, completing the DMP three months ahead of schedule.

June 23, 2006 Cmdr. Christopher L. Harkins relieved Cmdr. Mark E. Davis as CO of the Montpelier during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk.

April 6, 2007 Capt. David M. Kriete relieved Capt. James G. Foggo as Commander, Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 6 in a ceremony on board the Montpelier.

July 24, The Montpelier departed Port Everglades, Fla., after a four-day port visit to participate in a JTFEX.

November 5, USS Montpelier departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment with the USS Hary S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG).

November 24, SSN 765 pulled into Souda Bay, Crete, Greece, for a routine port call.

April 15, 2008 The Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine arrived again in Souda Bay for a brief port visit.

May 5, USS Montpelier returned to homeport after a six-month underway period.

July 25, Cmdr. Mark B. Benjamin relieved Cmdr. Christopher L. Harkins as CO of Montpelier during a change-of-command ceremony on Naval Station Norfolk's Pier 3.

May 29, 2009 USS Montpelier departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment.

June 13, The nuclear-powered submarine departed Brest, France, after a brief port call.

November 25, The Montpelier returned home after travelling more than 20,000 miles and port calls to Toulon, France; Manama, Bahrain; and Diego Garcia.

February 5, 2010 SSN 765 entered the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, for a planned maintenance and modernization.

July 26, The Montpelier returned to the fleet eight days earlier than projected. The work, which took about 640,000 man-hours, included changing the submarine's buoyancy characteristics and upgrading its sonar capabilities.

November 4, Cmdr. Thomas A. Winter relieved Cmdr. Mark B. Benjamin as CO of the Montpelier during a change-of-command ceremony on board the sub at Naval Station Norfolk's Pier 14.

November 5, Vice Adm. John M. Richardson relieved Vice Adm. John J. Donnelly as Commander, Submarine Forces/Submarine Force Atlantic/Allied Submarine Command during a change-of-command and retirement ceremony, held onboard the Montpelier.

April 27, 2011 USS Montpelier departed Naval Station Norfolk for a brief underway to conduct testing and training.

August 12, USS Montpelier departed Norfolk for a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet AoR.

August 30, SSN 765 recently pulled into Haakonsvern naval base for a port visit to Bergen, Norway.

January 30, 2012 USS Montpelier pulled into HMNB Clyde at Faslane, Scotland, for a routine port call.

February 17, The Montpelier returned to homeport after traveling more than 36,500 nautical miles.

October 5, Capt. Blake L. Converse relieved Capt. Eugene P. Sievers as Commander, Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 6, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the Montpelier at Naval Station Norfolk.

October 13, USS Montpelier collided with USS San Jacinto (CG 56), at approximately 3:30 p.m. EST, off the coast of Florida. No personnel aboard either vessel were injured. Arrived at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., for damage assessment on Oct. 14.

January 4, 2013 Capt. Blake Converse relieved Cmdr. Thomas Winter as CO of SSN 765 due to a "loss of confidence in his ability to command." The investigation revealed that the principal cause of the collision was human error, poor teamwork by the Montpelier watch team, and the commanding officer's failure to follow established procedures for submarines operating at periscope depth. Cmdr. Stephen E. Mongold assumed command of the ship.

February 15, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding was awarded a $32 million modification to existing delivery order no. 4T14 under a previously awarded basic ordering agreement (N00024-10-G-4305) for collision damage repairs to the USS Montpelier. Work is expected to be completed by July 2013.

August 1, 2014 Capt. Paul S. Snodgrass relieved Capt. Blake L. Converse as Commander, Submarine Squadron (COMSUBRON) 6, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the Montpellier at Naval Station Norfolk.

May 27, 2015 Electric Boat Corp. was awarded a $46,4 million contract for the USS Montpelier's Interim Dry Docking (IDD). This contract includes options that, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $259,6 million. Work will be performed in Groton, Connecticut, and is expected to be completed by February 2018.

August 5, USS Montpelier departed Norfolk for a scheduled Middle East deployment.

August 18, The Montpelier made a brief stop off Augusta Bay, Sicily, for a personnel transfer; Transited the Suez Canal on Aug. 2?.

January 10, 2016 SSN 765 transited the Suez Canal northbound, escorted by USS Gonzalez (DDG 66).

February 5, USS Montpelier returned to Naval Station Norfolk after a six-month deployment. The sub traveled more than 38,000 nautical miles and made port calls to Souda Bay, Greece; Hidd, Bahrain; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; and Toulon, France.

April 18, Cmdr. William B. Swanbeck relieved Cmdr. Stephen E. Mongold as CO of the Montpelier during a change-of-command ceremony on board the sub at Pier 3.

August 8, USS Montpelier arrived in Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, Conn., for an 18-month Interim Dry Docking (IDD).

October 18, Electric Boat Corp. was awarded $120,1 million for contract line item number (CLIN) 0003AC and $56,1 million for CLIN 0004AC modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-15-C-4300) for the execution of maintenance, repair, alterations, testing and routine work on the Montpelier.