USS LA JOLLA was the 14th LOS ANGELES class nuclear powered attack submarine. As of December 2000, LA JOLLA was homeported in Pearl Harbor, HI. The submarine was previously homeported in San Diego, Calif. and after a two-year overhaul in Kittery, Maine, shifted homeport to Pearl Harbor where she was then attached to Submarine Squadron One. In October 2014, LA JOLLA departed Pearl Harbor and headed for Norfolk, Va., where she arrived on November 10, 2014. There, she was inactivated on February 3, 2015, and subsequently entered the Dry Dock #3 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard for a 32-month conversion into a Moored Training Ship (MTS). During the conversion she will have her missile compartments removed, but will have fully operational reactor power plants and will be equipped with a diesel-powered Supplemental Water Injection System to provide emergency cooling water in the unlikely event of an accident. In 2018, LA JOLLA (MTS 701) will replaced the DANIEL WEBSTER (MTS 626) at Naval Support Activity Charleston, SC, as a Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU).
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: December 10, 1973|
|Keel Laid: October 16, 1976|
|Launched: August 11, 1979|
|Commissioned: September 30, 1981|
|Builder: Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, CT|
|Propulsion system: one nuclear reactor|
|Length: 360 feet (109.73 meters)|
|Beam: 33 feet (10 meters)|
|Draft: 32,15 feet (9.8 meters)|
|Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 6,000 tons|
|Submerged: approx. 6,900 tons|
|Speed: Surfaced: approx. 15 knots|
|Submerged: approx. 32 knots|
|Armament: four 533 mm torpedo tubes for Mk-48 torpedoes, Harpoon and Tomahawk missiles|
|Cost: approx. $900 million|
|Crew: 12 Officers, 115 Enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS LA JOLLA. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents of USS LA JOLLA:
|1982||30 miles off San Francisco, Calif.|
In late 1982, USS PERMIT (SSN 594), cruising on the surface, collides with USS LA JOLLA, at periscope depth, while they are on sea trials off San Francisco. The PERMIT receives a ten-foot-long, three-foot-wide "scrape" in the paint on the keel, while LA JOLLA suffers minor rudder damage.
|February 11, 1998||about 9 miles off Chinhae, South Korea|
While approaching the port of Chinhae, South Korea, the crew of LA JOLLA overlooked a fishing trawler (27 tons) and both vessels collided. The trawler sank. The five crewmembers of the trawler were rescued by the crew of LA JOLLA.
USS LA JOLLA Image Gallery:
The photo below was taken by me and shows the LA JOLLA at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Hi., on March 14, 2008.