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USS Salt Lake City (SSN-716)

USS Salt Lake City (SSN-716)
USS Salt Lake City
United States
Name: USS Salt Lake City
Ordered: 15 September 1977
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company
Laid down: 26 August 1980
Launched: 16 October 1982
Commissioned: 12 May 1984
Decommissioned: 15 January 2006
Struck: 15 January 2006
Fate: Stricken, to be disposed of by submarine recycling
Badge: Salt Lake Citys insignia.
General characteristics
Class & type: Los Angeles-class submarine
Displacement: 5747 tons light, 6098 tons full, 351 tons dead
Length: 110.3 m (362 ft)
Beam: 10 m (33 ft)
Draught: 9.7 m (32 ft)
Propulsion: one S6G reactor
Range: Unlimited distance; 20-25 years
Complement: 12 officers, 98 men

USS Salt Lake City (SSN-716), a Los Angeles-class submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for Salt Lake City, Utah. The contract to build her was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia on 15 September 1977 and her keel was laid down on 26 August 1980. She was launched on 16 October 1982 sponsored by Mrs. Kathleen Garn, and commissioned on 12 May 1984, with Commander Richard Itkin in command.

Actor Scott Glenn trained aboard, and was installed as (honorary) commander for a brief time, aboard Salt Lake City in preparation for his part as Bart Mancuso, Captain of the USS Dallas in the film The Hunt for Red October.

Salt Lake City was featured in The History Channel's Mail Call when R. Lee Ermey answered viewer questions about life inside a submarine.

On 22 October 2004, Salt Lake City returned from a deployment with the Stennis carrier strike group in the western Pacific Ocean, after surging, over a month ahead of schedule, in support of Summer Pulse '04. Port calls during the deployment included Guam, Sasebo, Yokosuka, Singapore, and Oahu, Hawaii.

Salt Lake City conducted an inactivation ceremony in San Diego on 26 October 2005, then departed for a transit under the polar ice. On 15 January 2006 she was decommissioned at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Over a year later, the hulk was taken under tow, arriving on 8 May 2007 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, where she will be recycled and scrapped.


Salt Lake City earned numerous awards during her eight full deployments, including three Battle "E" Battle Efficiency Awards, three Navy Unit Commendations and three Meritorious Unit Commendations.


  • Navy crew bids farewell to USS Salt Lake City
  • USS Salt Lake City Retires from Active Duty
  • USS Salt Lake City (SSN-716)U.S. Navy Unit Awards Database --

This article includes information collected from the public domain sources Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships and Naval Vessel Register.

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