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USS Columbia (SSN 771)

USS COLUMBIA is the 60th submarine of the LOS ANGELES class and she is the 33rd ship of that class built by General Dynamics Electric Boat Division.
She is the seventh ship of the Navy that honors the capital of South Carolina, and cities in Missouri and Illinois.

General Characteristics:Awarded: December 14, 1988
Keel laid: April 21, 1993
Launched and Christened: September 24, 1994
Commissioned: October 9, 1995
Builder: Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, Conn.
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 COLUMBIA. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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Notes of Interest:

During the launching ceremony COLUMBIA sledded 1,300 feet down a wooden ramp into the Thames River. USS COLUMBIA was the last U.S. submarine to be launched in this dramatic fashion. Future submarines built in the United States will be launched by flooding the dry dock where they are built.


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About the Christening Ceremony:

Hillary Rodham Clinton christened the U.S. Navy submarine, COLUMBIA, in a ceremony at noon, Saturday, September 24, 1994, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, Connecticut. Mrs. Clinton broke a bottle of champagne across the bow in the age old Navy tradition, and formally named the ship.

Mrs. Clinton also was the principal speaker at the ceremony. Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton introduced the First Lady. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jeremy M. Boorda, and Senator Christopher J. Dodd also spoke.


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USS COLUMBIA Patch Gallery:



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