Two nuclear-powered Los Angles class attack submarines, the Baton Rough (SSN-689) and Philadelphia (SSN-690) will be commissioned at Newport News, VA and New London, CT, respectively on Saturday, June 25.
Mrs. Hugh Scott christens Philadelphia during launch ceremonies in November 1974
SSN 690 slides down the ways
Philadelphia (SSN 690) underway earlier this year for sea trials
SCOPE: This coverage is of the launching and the sea trials of the USS Philadelphia (SSN 690) scheduled to be commissioned Saturday, June 25, 1977 at New London, C?.
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Background: Two nuclear-powered Los Angles class attack submarines, the Baton Rough (SSN-689) and Philadelphia (SSN-690) will be commissioned at Newport News, VA and New London, CT, respectively on Saturday, June 25.
Principal speaker for the Baton Rough ceremony will be Chief of Naval Reserve and Commandant Eighth Naval District Vice Admiral Pierre N. Charbonnet, Jr. The ship's sponsor is Mrs. F. Edward Hebert, wife of the former chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.
For the Philadelphia commissioning, principal speaker is Mr. Thatcher Longstreth, president of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Hugh Scott, wife of the former United States Senator from Pennsylvania, is Philadelphia's sponsor.
These newest additions to the fleet have an overall length of 360 feet, a beam of 33 feet and a submerged displacement of 6,900 tons. With crews of approximately 13 officers and 115 enlisted men each, the new submarines will carry out their primary mission of anti-submarines warfare.
Armament for the Los Angeles class ships include four 21-inch torpedo tubes for Mark 48 torpedoes and SUBROC missiles. They are also designed to launch the Harpoon missile when it becomes operational.
SSN-689 is the first U.S. ship to be named for the city of Baton Rough, LA. SSN-690 is the sixth ship to bear the name Philadelphia. The first was a continental gondola of five guns built on Lake Champlain during the American Revolutionary War. The second was a 36-gun frigate built in Philadelphia with money donated by the people of that city. The fifth ship to be named for the city of the Navy's birth was light cruiser. After seeing action in WWII, she was decommissioned in 1947.
Commander Thomas c. Maloney, USN, of Nantucket, MA, will command Baton Rough. Baton Rough will be homeported in Norfolk, VA.
Philadelphia's commanding officer will be Commander Robert Osborne, USN, of Alhambra, CA. Philadelphia will be homeported in Groton, CT.