The USS ATLANTA (SSN-712), a Los Angeles class submarine, was commissioned on 6 MAR 1982. USS ATLANTA served her country for 17 years, 9 months and 10 days, until decommissioned on 16 DEC 1999.
The USS ATLANTA (SSN-712) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:
SSN-712 General Specifications
Class: Los Angeles-class submarine
Named for: Atlanta
Complement: 12 Officers and 115 Enlisted
Displacement: 5732 tons
Length: 362 feet
Beam: 32 feet 10 inches
Flank Speed: 20 knots
Final Disposition: To be disposed of by submarine recycling
USS ATLANTA (SSN-712)
The fifth Atlanta, (SSN-712) was laid down on 17
August 1978 at Newport New, Va., by the Newport News Shipbuilding
& Drydock Co.; launched on 16 August 1980; sponsored by Mrs. Sam
Nunn; and commissioned on 6 March 1982, Comdr. Robin J. White
The nuclear-powered attack submarine carried out
shakedown training along the New England coast after
commissioning. On 15
May 1982, she reentered the yard at the Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. for five months of post-shakedown repairs. Late in October, Atlanta began
operations out of her home port, Norfolk, Va. That duty carried her
through the rest of 1982 and almost all of
the first six months of 1983. On 20 June 1983, the warship embarked upon her first overseas deployment. During that five-month tour of duty, she called at
ports in Scotland, England, and
Norway before returning to Norfolk on 23 November. In January of 1984, Atlanta
cruised to the West Indies as a
school ship for prospective commanding officers and then returned to
normal operations out of Norfolk during the spring
and summer. In September, the warship took part in a fleet readiness exercise "READEX 2-84"
and then resumed duty out of Norfolk.
The beginning of 1985 found Atlanta in port at the
Naval Base, Norfolk, completing a restricted availability. In February,she
practised torpedo firing in the Bahamas and took part in mine warfare drills near Port
Everglades, Fla. March brought a weapons
technical proficiency inspection, and in April, the nuclear submarine participated in the fleet
exercise "COMPTUEX 2-85." Late that summer, she got underway
for two months of operations at sea. The
warship returned to her home port that fall
and resumed duty in the local operating area.
Atlanta spent the first month of 1986
getting ready for an overseas deployment. She embarked upon that assignment in February and returned to Norfolk later that spring.
Following an availability at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Atlanta operated
in the West Indies for a time early that summer. In August and September, the
nuclear submarine took part in an eight-week NATO exercise that brought with it
visits to a Canadian and a Norwegian port.
She returned to Norfolk in October and resumed local operations along the eastern seaboard for the remainder of the year. As of the beginning of
1987, Atlanta was at Norfolk
preparing for overseas movement.
[Note: The above USS ATLANTA (SSN-712) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS ATLANTA (SSN-712), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]