USS ALBUQUERQUE is the 19th attack submarine in the LOS ANGELES class of submarines and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name. Since commissioning, USS ALBUQUERQUE has completed several deployments in both the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea and has been awarded two Meritorious Unit Commendations. In mid-2009, she shifted her homeport from Groton, Conn., to San Diego, Calif. On October 16, 2015, the ALBUQUERQUE held a decommissioning ceremony at Naval Base Point Loma. Afterwards, she departed for Bremerton, Wash., where she was inactivated on February 3, 2016.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: October 31, 1973|
|Keel laid: December 27, 1979|
|Launched: March 13, 1982|
|Commissioned: May 21, 1983|
|Builder: Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, Conn.|
|Propulsion system: one nuclear reactor|
|Length: 360 feet (109.73 meters)|
|Beam: 33 feet (10 meters)|
|Draft: 32,15 feet (9.8 meters)|
Surfaced: approx. 6,000 tons
Submerged: approx. 6,900 tons
Surfaced: approx. 15 knots
Submerged: approx. 32 knots
|Armament: four 533 mm torpedo Tubes for Mk-48 torpedoes, Harpoon missiles|
|Cost: approx. $900 million|
|Crew: 12 Officers, 115 Enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS ALBUQUERQUE. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Notes of Interest:
At the ship's commissioning on May 21, 1983, the Mayor of the City of Albuquerque presented a set of keys for a new Rolls Royce to the Commanding Officer. The first skipper to pilot the submarine up the Rio Grande to Albuquerque for a port visit will win this prize. At each Change of Command these keys are turned over to the new Commanding Officer by the Mayor or his representative.
USS ALBUQUERQUE Patch Gallery:
About the Submarine’s Name, about the City of Albuquerque:
Albuquerque, the ship's namesake city, was founded in 1706 by Spanish explorers and named for the Duke of Albuquerque. Located in rich farmland in the Rio Grande Valley, Albuquerque lies at an elevation of nearly 5,000 feet and is surrounded by the Sandia mountains.
Today, Albuquerque is a commercial, military research, and finance center which boasts a population of nearly 400,000. In addition to high-technology industries such as Sandia National Laboratories and Kirtland Air Force Base weapons research center, Albuquerque hosts over 700 firms which produce a wide variety of goods from processed foods to electrical machinery. The city also offers outstanding recreational areas for skiing, hiking and camping.
USS ALBUQUERQUE Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the ALBUQUERQUE at Naval Submarine Base Point Loma, Calif., on March 14, 2012.
The photos below were taken by me and show the ALBUQUERQUE at Naval Submarine Base Point Loma, Calif., on May 8 and 10, 2012.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the ALBUQUERQUE at Naval Submarine Base Point Loma, Calif., on December 27, 2014.