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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 Deployments - Major Events

Add a SSN-712 Shellback Initiation Add a SSN-712 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAR1977- Shellback Initiation - 14 MAR 1977 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG1978-Keel Date: 17 AUG 1978
at New York Shipbuilding Corporation Camden NJIn
AUG1980-Launch Date: 16 AUG 1980
MAR1982-Commissioned: 6 MAR 1982
JUN1982-SEP1982Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
JAN1986-JAN19863 Caribbean Cruises
FEB1986-APR1986northern run-we bottomed in Gibraltar.
AUG1986-SEP1986Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
AUG1986-SEP1986North Atlantic
AUG1986-NOV1986Norther Run
MAR1994-JUN1994Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
JAN1995-APR1995Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
DEC1999-Decommissioned: 16 DEC 1999

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


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 in command.

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]