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USS Charlotte (SSN 766)

USS CHARLOTTE is the 16th improved submarine in the LOS ANGELES class and the 24th ship of that class built in Newport News. She is named after the 35th largest city in the United States.

General Characteristics:Awarded: February 6, 1987
Keel laid: August 17, 1990
Launched: October 3, 1992
Commissioned: September 16, 1994
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding Co., Newport News, Va.
Propulsion system: one nuclear reactor
Propellers: one
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: Harpoon and Tomahawk missiles from VLS-tubes, four 533 mm torpedo Tubes for Mk-48 torpedoes, ability to lay mines
Cost: approx. $900 million
Homeport: Pearl Harbor, HI.
Crew: 13 Officers, 116 Enlisted


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS CHARLOTTE. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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About the Submarine’s Name, about the City of Charlotte:

The tiny community of Charlotte, named for Queen Charlotte, wife of British King George III, was founded in 1768 and became the county seat in 1774. It was not long before the small city began to earn a reputation. Hostility towards the redcoats during the Revolutionary War earned the city and county their reputation as a "damned hornet’s nest" of resistance, and the name is proudly preserved to this day. After independence, Charlotte settled into a rural routine which lasted for the next hundred years.

Despite the prominence of agriculture in the city’s history, cotton was not the only stimulus to Charlotte’s nineteenth century economy. After gold was discovered here in 1802, there was a period of gold speculation the area. In 1837, Charlotte became the proud home of the first branch of the U. S. Mint of Philadelphia, but, by the 1850’s, interest in gold had waned.

Perhaps a more important phase in the area’s history was the introduction of the railway beginning in 1852 with the Charlotte and South Carolina Railway. Previously, trading had been a difficult task for country farmers, for their nearest market was eight days along hazardous and difficult roads. By 1880, Charlotte was at the hub of a railway network with ties to Columbia and Atlanta in the south, Goldsboro, Raleigh and Wilmington in the east, Lincolntown in the west, and Statesville, Salisbury and Greensboro in the north.

Railway expansion was temporarily halted by the Civil War. There was no direct fighting or raiding in the city, and Charlotte benefited by being chosen as the site for the Confederate Naval Yard in 1862. Although a long distance from the ocean, Charlotte was located on two major railway lines and was strategically secure from attack. Many mechanics who accompanied the yard to Charlotte stayed on after the war, helping swell Charlotte’s population and providing valuable skills.

Between 1880 and 1930, the city experienced unprecedented growth under the leadership of businessmen such as E.D. Latta, D.A. Tompkins, J.B. Duke, and many others who provided the capital and enterprise necessary to stimulate industrial development. Throughout this period of hectic growth and change, the county maintained a strong sense of continuity with its rural past. Although the Civil War changed life considerably for the few wealthy planters, most Charlotte farmers continued to raise cotton, corn and other crops with the assistance of tenant farmers. The advent of the railroad had made the hauling of agricultural produce much more efficient, and the growth of Charlotte created a new market for truck farming and dairy products.

Since the 1930’s Charlotte has continued to grow and is now the largest city in the Carolinas. Cotton brokerage has given way to banking, and the railways have been largely superceded by the flourishing trucking industry. Modern skyscrapers compete for attention on the horizon, and suburbs constantly spill over into the surrounding countryside.


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