USS COLUMBIA SSN 771
The Columbia (SSN 771) is the 60th Los Angeles-class attack submarine and the eighth ship of the U.S. Navy to bear that name. The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Conn., on December 14, 1988, and her keel was laid down on April 21, 1993. She was christened and launched on September 24, 1994, with the traditional slide down a 1300-foot wooden ramp, the last American submarine expected to be launched in this dramatic fashion. Future submarines built in the United States will be launched by flooding the dry dock where they are built. The First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton served as sponsor of the ship. Cmdr. Dale R. Govan is the prospective commanding officer.
June 26, 1995 The Pre-commissioning Unit (PCU) Columbia underway for the first time to conduct Alpha ("A") sea trials. Underway for Bravo trials from June 28-30 and "C" trials from July 21- Aug. 3; Underway for acceptance trials from Aug. 8-11; Underway for "D" trials and Tiger Cruise from Aug. 17-18.
August 18, SSN 771 was delivered to the U.S. Navy and arrived at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., for the first time.
September 11, PCU Columbia pulled into Port Canaveral, Fla., for an 11-day port call in preparation for Weapons Systems Acceptance Testing (WSAT) at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) range off Andros Island, Bahamas.
October 9, USS Columbia was commissioned during a ceremony at NSB New London.
From October 16-29, the Columbia was underway for acoustic trials at the Exuma Sound, off Bahamas. Another underway in the AUTEC ranger from Dec. 9-18 to provide target services in support of Tactical Readiness Exam (TRE) per COMSUBLANT OPORD 44-95.
January 17, 1997 USS Columbia anchored off the coast of Lahaina, Hawaii, for a four-day visit to the Island of Maui.
March 4, Cmdr. Joseph N. Rogers relieved Cmdr. Dale R. Govan as CO of SSN 771.
From March 18 through April 5, the Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine was underway for Tactical Warfare Certification in the Hawaiian Op. Area. Underway for local operations from April 7-11; April 14-25; and April 28- May 14; Underway for sea trials after a five-week IMA from June 23-27.
From July 11-29, the Columbia was in floating drydock Competente (AFDM-6) for repairs to sonar dome. Underway for local operations from July 29- Aug. 7; Aug. 11-20; Aug. 25- Sept. 5; Sept. 8-12; Nov. 13-14; Nov. 17-21; Nov. 24-26; Dec. 1-17; and Jan. 20-31, 1998.
March 21, 1998 USS Columbia departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for FLEETEX, off the coast of southern California, as part of the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) BG.
April 8, SSN 771 pulled into Naval Submarine Base Point Loma in San Diego for a five-day port call. Underway for JTFEX/POMCERT from April 13-30.
June ?, USS Columbia departed Pearl Harbor for its maiden six-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility (AoR).
From January 28-30, 1999, the Columbia was underway for Prospective Commanding Officer operations. Underay again from Feb. 1-6 and 8-12th.
February 13, The Los Angeles-Improved class fast attack nuclear submarine anchored off the coast of Lahaina, Maui, for a three-day port visit.
April 5, USS Columbia arrived in Navai Air Station Alameda, Calif., for a four-day port call. Port visits to NSB Point Loma from April 16-19; 23-26; and April 30- May 6; Returned to homeport on May 19 after a seven-week underway period in the SOCAL Op. Area.
June 8, Cmdr. William M. Drake relieved Cmdr. Joseph N. Rogers as the 3rd commanding officer of the Columbia. Underway for local operations from July 6-21; July 29- Aug. 7; Aug. 8-13; Sept. 27- Oct. 7; Oct. 12-15; Oct. 25- Nov. 18; and Dec. 6-10.
December 10, SSN 771 anchored off the coast of Lahaina, Maui, for a four-day port visit.
March 13, 2000 USS Columbia commenced a three-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA). Underway for sea trials from June 15-23; Underway again on July 17.
July 28, The Columbia arrived in Esquimalt, B.C., for a three-day port visit. Underway in Behm Canal, Alaska, for Sound Trials from Aug. 4-5; Returned home on Aug. 25; Underway for routine training and port visit to Lahaina, Maui, from Oct. 10-19; Underway for Tactical Development Exercise from Nov. 13-22.
From January 16 through Feb. 22, 2001, The Los Angeles-Improved class submarine was underway for FLEETEX and JTFEX in the SOCAL Op. Area. Port calls to NSB Point Loma from Jan. 29- Feb. 1 and Feb. 11-15.
March 21, USS Columbia departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled western Pacific and Middle East deployment, as part of the USS Constellation (CV 64) Battle Group.
April 11, The Columbia pulled into HMAS Stirling at Garden Island, Australia, for a nine-day visit to Perth. Port calls to Manama, Bahrain, from May 11-15 and June 7-9.
June 25, SSN 771 arrived at Changi Naval Base for a five-day port visit to Singapore.
July 7, USS Columbia pulled into Apra Harbor, Guam, for a 10-day port call to get tender support services. Brief visits to Sasebo, Japan, on July 20 and 23rd.
August 30, The Columbia arrived in Yokosuka Naval Base for a four days of liberty.
September 13, USS Columbia returned to homeport after a nearly six-month deployment.
November 27, Cmdr. Duane R. Ashton relieved Cmdr. William M. Drake as CO of the SSN 771.
December 6, 2002 USS Columbia departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor for a scheduled deployment, with the Connie Battle Group, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
January 6, 2003 The Columbia moored at Mina Salman Pier in Manama, Bahrain, for a four-day port call. Another visits to Manama from Jan. 13-17; Feb. 5-17; and March 11-16.
March 20, USS Columbia launched its first Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
April 14, The Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine arrived in Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Teritory, for a brief port call.
May 5, The Columbia pulled into Apra Harbor for a two-day port call after participating in exercise Tandem Thrust from April 26- May 4. Port visit to Brisbane, Australia, from May 15-27.
June 6, USS Columbia returned to homeport after a six-month combat deployment in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet AoR.
From June 8-13, the Columbia was underway for routine training. Underway for CODT from Aug. 26-29; Underway for CSS-3 BSA from Sept. 9-12; Underway for CODT from Oct. 9-14; Underway for MK-54 testing, CODT and ORSE from Oct. 27- Nov. 6.
May 10, 2004 USS Columbia returned to Pearl Harbor following a three-month surge deployment to the western Pacific, as part of the Chief of Naval Operations Fleet Response Plan (FRP).
November 5, Cmdr. Eugene P. Sievers relieved Capt. (sel.) Duane R. Ashton as CO of SSN 771 during a change-of-command ceremony at Pearl Harbor Naval Station.
March 17, 2006 USS Columbia returned to Pearl Harbor after a six-month western Pacific deployment. The sub made port calls to HMAS Stirling, Australia; Yokosuka, Japan; Chinhae, Republic of Korea; Singapore; and Apra Harbor, Guam.
July 5, The Los Angeles-Improved class attack submarine departed Pearl Harbor to participate in exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2006.
September 5, USS Columbia departed homeport for a surge deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet AoR, as part of the Fleet Response Plan (FRP).
August 15, 2008 SSN 771 completed its depot modernization period (DMP) at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard (PHNSY) and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (IMF) on July 25.
October 21, The Columbia recently moored at CFB Esquimalt, B.C., Canada, for a brief port call.
November 3, 2009 USS Columbia departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.
November 11, The Columbia moored at Berth 13S, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for a three-day port call; Inport Yokosuka again from Nov. 23-27.
December 29, The nuclear-powered submarine recently moored at Akasaki Pier in Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, for a week-long port visit.
March 22, 2010 The Columbia departed Chinhae, Republic of Korea, afre a four-day port visit and will participate in the bilateral exercise Foal Eagle 2010.
May 3, USS Columbia returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after a six-month deployment.
August 5, Cmdr. Dennis J. Kline relieved Cmdr. Craig R. Blakely as CO of the Columbia during a change-of-command ceremony at Pearl Harbor.
June 21, 2011 USS Columbia departed homeport for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.
July 1, SSN 771 pulled into Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a routine port call.
October 13, The Columbia arrived in Sepanggar naval base for a scheduled port visit to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, and to get tender support from USS Emory S. Land (AS 39).
December 21, USS Columbia returned to Pearl Harbor after a six-month deployment.
May 1, 2012 Capt. James Pitts, Commander, Submarine Squadron (COMSUBRON) 7, relieved Cmdr. Dennis J. Klein as CO, due to a "loss of confidence in his ability to command." Chief of the boat, Master Chief Electronics Technician Don W. Williams, was also relieved of duty. Capt. Dennis Boyer, Deputy Commander of SUBRON 7, assumed temporary command of the Columbia.
October 19, Cmdr. J. Patrick Friedman relieved Capt. Dennis Boyer as CO of the SSN 771 during a change-of-command ceremony at the USS Missouri Memorial.
May 2, 2014 Capt. Craig R. Blakely relieved Capt. Rick J. Stoner as Commander, Submarine Squadron (COMSUBRON) 7, during a change-of-command ceremony on board the USS Columbia at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
May 21, USS Columbia departed Pearl Harbor for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.
June 9, The Columbia moored at Akasaki Pier in Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, for a four-day port call; Brief stop at Sasebo on June 26 and 30th.
August 4, SSN 771 arrived in White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, for a brief stop.
October 4, USS Columbia moored at Changi Naval Base in Singapore for a liberty port visit.
November 5, The Los Angeles-Improved class submarine moored at Berth 13S in Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for a five-day port call.
November 21, USS Columbia returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after a six-month deployment.
January 21, 2015 The Columbia entered the Dry Dock #1 at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for a three-month Continuous Maintenance Availability (CMAV).
May 15, Cmdr. David L. Edgerton relieved Cmdr. J. Patrick Friedman as CO of the Columbia during a change-of-command ceremony at the USS Bowfin Museum and Submarine Park in Pearl Harbor.
July 15, USS Columbia departed Pearl Harbor for routine operations in the Hawaiian Op. Area.
December 17, The Columbia is currently moored at Sierra 21B Wharf on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam; Underway for routine training on Feb. 9.
May 20, 2016 USS Columbia departed homeport for a scheduled western Pacific deployment.
May 31, SSN 771 made a brief stop off White Beach Naval Facility in Okinawa, Japan, to resupply; Brief stop in Sasebo, Japan, on June 7 and June 10.
July 8, The Columbia moored at Akasaki Pier in Fleet Activities Sasebo for a five-day port visit.
September 5, USS Columbia recently moored outboard the USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) at Alpha Wharf in Apra Harbor, Guam, for a Fleet Maintenance Availability (FMAV); Brief stop in Yokosuka on Sept. 13.
October 25, The Columbia moored at Berth 13S in Fleet Activities Yokosuka for a scheduled port call.