USS AUGUSTA SSN 710
The Augusta (SSN 710) is the 23rd Los Angeles-class attack submarine and the fifth ship of the United States Navy to bear that name. The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut, on October 31, 1973, and her keel was laid down on April 1, 1982. She was christened and launched on January 21, 1984; Mrs. Diana D. Cohen, the wife of U.S. Senator (R) William S. Cohen, served as sponsor of the ship; Capt. Thomas W. Turner is the prospective commanding officer.
From October 18-19, the Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Augusta was underway for the first time to conduct Builder's (Alpha "A") trials. Delivered to the U.S. Navy and arrived in its homeport of Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton on Dec. 5.
January 19, 1985 USS Augusta was commissioned during a ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.
March 29, Cmdr. James D. von Suskil relieved Capt. Thomas W. Turner as CO of the Augusta.
In June, SSN 710 entered the Electric Boat shipyard for an extended Post Shakedown Availability (PSA). Underway for sea trials in January.
From February 10-22, 1986, USS Augusta was underway for Weapons System Acceptance Testing (WSAT) in the Puerto Rican Op. Area. Port visit to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, from Feb. 14-18; Underway for wide aperture array Techical Evaluation at AUTEC from March 4- April 4; Underway for acoustic trials at Exuma Sound, Bahamas, from May 12- June 17; Underway for a Midshipmen Cruise from July 7-25; Underway for POMCERT from Sept. 22-26.
October 1, USS Augusta departed homeport for its maiden North Atlantic deployment. Returned on Oct. 27 for emergent repairs.
October 31, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine entered the dry-dock at Electric Boat shipyard to replace its sonar dome. Undocked on Dec. 13; Underway for sea trials on Dec. 15; Brief stop at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on Dec. 18; Returned to Groton on Dec. 22.
February 2, 1987 USS Augusta departed Naval Submarine Base New London for a three-month deployment in the northern Atlantic. Port calls to Holy Loch, Scotland; and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Commenced a two-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) on May 22.
January 6, 1988 The Augusta departed homeport in support of joint US/UK Atlantic Anti-Submarine Warfare exercise LANTSUBASWEX 2-88. Inport Haakonsvern, Norway, from Jan. 22-24; Port call to Portsmouth, England, from Feb. 19-22; Returned to Groton on March 1.
March 18, Cmdr. James W. Angelo relieved Cmdr. James D. von Suskil as the 3rd CO of Augusta.
October 21, USS Augusta departed NSB New London for a scheduled North Atlantic deployment. Upkeep in Holy Loch, Scotland, from Dec. 1-13; Returned home on Dec. 23; Deployed to North Atlantic again on September 5, 1989; Participated in NATO exercise Sharp Guard from Sept. 13-21; Port call to Zeebrugge, Belgium, from Sept. 25-29; Inport Holy Loch from Oct. 2-6; Participated in LANTSUBASWEX 4-89 from Oct. 6-29; Returned to Groton, Conn., on Nov. 7.
January 5, 1990 SSN 710 commenced a four-month Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).
October 26, Cmdr. Edward J. Rutkowski relieved Cmdr. James W. Angelo as commanding officer of the USS Augusta.
January 4, 1991 USS Augusta departed NSB New London for a three-month North Atlantic deployment. Port calls to Portsmouth, England (March 7-13); and Rotterdam, Netherlands (March 15-22).
May 13, 1992 The Augusta arrived in Porrtsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, for a 14-month Depot Modernization Period (DMP). Entered the Dry Dock #2 on June 2.
November 20, Cmdr. David W. Fennell relieved Cmdr. Edward J. Rutkowski as CO of the Augusta.
May 6, 1993 USS Augusta moved from dry-dock to a pierside location at PNSY. Underway for sea trials from Oct. 9-14; Underway for PostDPM Bravo sea trials from Oct. 18-23; Underway for acoustic trials at Exuma Sound in late October; Inport Port Canaveral, Fla., from Nov. 1-5.
December 3, The Los Angeles-class submarine enttered the floating dry-dock USS Shippingport (ARDM 4) for reactor plant dual media resin discharge. Undocked on Jan. 28, 1994.
February 10, 1995 USS Augusta departed homeport for a scheduled North Atlantic deployment.
February 21, SSN 710 arrived in Couloprt, Scotland, for a two-day port call. Inport Faslane, Scotland, from Feb. 23-26 and March 21-24; Port visit to Wilhelmshaven, Germany, from May 5-9; Returned to Groton on May 22.
August 18, Cmdr. James J. Colgary relieved Cmdr. David W. Fennell as CO of the Augusta.
In January 1996, the Local Area Network (LAN) system was installed aboard the USS Augusta by Newport News shipyard. In dry-dock Shippingport from April 5 through May 28 for SRA; Underway for sea trials from June 11-13; Underway for Midshipmen operations and acoustic trials on June 18; Inport Port Canaveral from June 27- July 1 and July 13-15; Returned home on July 23; Underway for local operations from July 24-27; Underway for ORSE from July 30- Aug. 2.
August 9, The Augusta anchored off Winter Harbor, Maine, for a two-day visit to participate in annual Lobster Festival.
November 13, USS Augusta departed Naval Submarine Base New London for a scheduled North Atlantic deployment, the first with the TB-29 towed sonar array.
December 23, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine moored at HMNB Clyde in Faslane for a two-week upkeep. Returned home on Feb. 18, 1997.
From May 1 through June 11, the Augusta was underway for PCO operations and Tactical Development Exercise (TACDEVEX) in the Puerto Rican OPAREA.
From January 26 through Feb. 24, 1998, USS Augusta was underway for testing of the new sonar AN-BQQ 10 System, called Acoustic Rapid COTS Insertion (ARCI), in the Puerto Rican Op. Area; Port calls to Frederiksted, U.S.V.I., and NSB Kings Bay, Ga.
March 9, Cmdr. William J. Gieri relieved Cmdr. James J. Colgary as commanding officer of SSN 710.
From May 5-23, the Augusta was underway again for ARCI testing. Underway in the western Atlantic from May 27- June 15; Underway for TACDEVEX 43-98 from June 23- July 2; Underway Material Inspection (UMI) with the INSURV from July 14-15; Underway in support of USS Enterprise (CVN 65) BG's COMPTUEX, in the Puerto Rican Op. Area, from July 23 through Aug. 24.
March 16, 1999 USS Augusta departed Groton for a scheduled North Atlantic deployment.
May 27, The Augusta arrived in Zeebrugge, Belgium, for a six-day port visit. Upkeep in Plymouth, England, from June 4-17; Inport Faslane, Scotland, from June 20-24 and June 30- July 3; Port visit to Bergen, Norway, from July 12-16.
September 16, USS Augusta returned to Naval Submarine Base New London after a six-month deployment.
December 3, SSN 710 entered the floating dry-dock USS Oakridge (ARDM 1) for a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA).
August ?, 2000 Cmdr. Timothy J. Galpin relieved Cmdr. William J. Gieri as the 8th CO of Augusta.
From January 30 through Feb. 3, 2001, the Augusta was underway for Refresher Training (REFTRA) in the Narragansett Bay Op. Area. Underway for Pre-Overseas Movement (POM) workups from Feb. 19-26; Underway for towed array calibrations from March 8-9; Underway for POM Certification from March 19-23; Underway for REFTRA from April 2-4, 7-13 and 21-23rd; Underway again for POMCERT from April 30- May 11.
May 18, USS Augusta departed Groton for a scheduled North Atlantic deployment.
May 29, The nuclear-powered submarine moored at Her Majesty Naval Base (HMNB) Devonport in Plymouth, England, for a six-day port call.
July 16, The Augusta moored at HMNB Clyde in Faslane, Scotland, for a 10-day upkeep. Inport Faslane again from Sept. 27- Oct. 2.
October 15, USS Augusta returned to NSB New London after a five-month deployment.
From November 27-30, the Augusta was underway for tactical training. Underway for Torpedo Exercise (TORPEX) from Dec. 5-18.
From April 29 through May 10, 2002, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine was underway for routine training. Underway for tactical training from May 17-28 and June 17-26; Underway for TRE at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) range off Andros Island, Bahamas, from July 15 through Aug. 16.
August 23, Cmdr. Mike A. Haumer relieved Capt. Donald D. Gerry as CO of the USS Augusta.
From September 24 through Oct. 24, SSN 710 was underway for Operational Reactor Safeguards Examination (ORSE) workups. Underway for tactical training from Nov. 12-21.
From January 14-17, 2003, the Augusta was underway for POM workups. Underway for POMCERT from Feb. 4-7.
February 10, USS Augusta departed Naval Submarine Base New London for a surge Mediterranean deployment. Brief stop in Souda Bay, Greece, from Feb. 24-25.
March 20, The Augusta launched its first Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, from the station in the Red Sea.
April 14, SSN 710 moored outboard the USS Emory S. Land (AS 39), while anchored off Souda Bay, for a nine-day Fleet Maintenance Availability (FMAV).
April 30, The Los Angeles-class attack submarine moored again outboard the Emory S. Land at Santo Stefano Naval Base in La Maddalena, Sardinia, for a two-day port call. Inport La Maddalena again from May 4-6.
June 11, USS Augusta arrived at HMNB Devonport at Plymouth, England, for a two-week upkeep. Port call to Faslane, Scotland, from July 4-7.
July 24, The Augusta moored at Haakonsvern Naval Base in Bergen, Norway, for a four-day port visit.
August 11, USS Augusta returned to homeport after a six-month combat deployment, in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AoR, in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
From September 22 through Oct. 18, the Augusta was underway for a Tactical Readiness Evaluation at the AUTEC range.
November 4, SSN 710 entered the Electric Boat shipyard in Groton for a three-month Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability (DSRA).
September 8, 2005 USS Augusta returned to Naval Submarine Base New London after a six-month Mediterranean deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
October 6, Cmdr. James C. Childs relieved Cmdr. Mike A. Haumer as commanding officer of the Augusta.
April 13, 2007 USS Augusta is currently participating in National Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)-led exercise Noble Manta from April 12-22. The largest joint anti-submarine warfare exercise held annually in the Mediterranean Sea, Noble Manta 2007 involves 10 NATO countries which provide maritime patrol aircraft, surface and subsurface assets.
September 22, USS Augusta returned to Groton, Conn., completing her final deployment.
February 7, 2008 USS Augusta, commanded by Cmdr. Chad Brown, held a decommissioning ceremony at the Naval Submarine Base New London's Shepherd of the Sea chapel.
February 12, The Los Angeles class fast-attack submarine USS Augusta departed Naval Submarine Base New London for the final time, moving to Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., to commence its inactivation process. The inactivation process will take approximately 12 months to complete, and includes removal of materials, tools, spare parts and furnishings. Fluids will be drained from hydraulic systems, tanks and piping.
April 2, USS Augusta arrived in Naval Station Norfolk, Va., to continue its inactivation process.
April 15, SSN 710 is inactivated and placed in Reserve (Stand Down) status.
February 11, 2009 USS Augusta (SSN 710) was officially decommissioned and stricken from the U.S. Naval Vessel Register in a ceremony at Norfolk Naval Shipyard. The sub will be towed in May to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, Wash., for layup pending recycling.