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SSN 772 Greeneville

USS GREENEVILLE is the 61st Los Angeles Class submarine and the 22nd Improved Los Angeles Class Attack submarine. Construction began on March 1, 1990 and her keel was laid on April 16, 1992 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company. The Pre-Commissioning Unit GREENEVILLE (SSN-772) was officially manned on January 19, 1994, and christened on September 17, 1994 by Mrs. Tipper Gore, wife of Vice President Al Gore, USS GREENEVILLE was commissioned a U.S. Naval warship at Norfolk Naval Base on February 16, 1996.

GREENEVILLE conducted shakedown operations in the western Atlantic from February 1996 to July 1996. A post shakedown availability was conducted at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company from August 1996 through February 1997 to conduct various alterations to improve noise quieting, equipment reliability and install support systems for the Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle and the Advanced SEAL Delivery System.

GREENEVILLE changed homeport to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in March 1997, and is assigned to Submarine Squadron One.

Greeneville left for WESTPAC on July 22, 1998, she returned home January 22, 1999. During the six-month deployment, Greeneville made port calls in Sasebo and Yokosuka, Japan, and Guam.

At approximately 1:50 p.m. HST on 9 Feb. 2001, the United States submarine USS Greeneville (SSN 772) collided with the Japanese vessel "Ehime Maru" while conducting routine operations approximately 9 miles south of Diamond Head off Honolulu, Hawaii.

On August 27, 2001 during a surface transit approaching the harbor, the submarine momentarily grounded on a reef at approximately 0633Z (1633K) in the vicinity of Latitude 15Deg 13' 30" N Longitude 145Deg 41' 30" E. An additional grounding may have occurred within the next few minutes. Due to poor weather conditions, the GREENEVILLE aborted the approach and diverted to Apra Harbor, Guam. After conducting an overnight surface transit, the submarine moored at Apra Harbor's Bravo Pier at 0000Z (1000K) on August 28, 2001. Damage includes the following:.

Damage included the following:.

  • Special Hull Treatment (SHT) damage along portions of the hull forward of the Trash Disposal Unit (TDU) hull opening
  • Hull scraping in vicinity of the TDU and the center of the engineroom
  • Secondary Propulsion Motor (SPM) broken forward port outboard fairing strut
  • Sheared and damaged bolts on forward starboard outboard fairing strut (SPM)
  • Removed paint and SHT tiles on lower rudder
  • Circular dent on the port side of lower rudder, approximately 6 inches from bottom and 8 inches from forward edge

There were no injuries and all systems (bottom sounders, electromagnetic logs, Secondary Propulsion Motor (SPM), etc.) are operational. There is no damage to the screw. The diver inspections indicate that the ship likely contacted the bottom forward as well as aft.

The following administrative actions were taken on September 12, 2001:

  • Commanding Officer, Executive Officer and Navigator were found guilty of violating UCMJ Article 110, Hazarding a Vessel, and received punitive letters of reprimand.
  • The Assistant Navigator was found guilty of violating UCMJ Article 92, Dereliction of Duty, and received a punitive letter of reprimand.

Additionally, based on Rear Adm. Enright's recommendation and a review of the preliminary investigation, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Rear Adm. John B. Padgett III has relieved the commanding officer due to lack of confidence in his ability to command.

USS Greeneville returned to its homeport of Pearl Harbor Feb. 27, following six months at sea with the Navy's first Expeditionary Strike Group.

Greeneville and Greene County, Tennessee

Greeneville, a historic town in northeastern Tennessee of approximately 15,000 people, is named in honor of Revolutionary War hero General Nathaniel Greene. Settled around 1780 by Scot-Irish settlers, the town is older than the state of Tennessee. Although many town and cities share the name, only Greeneville, Tennessee has an extra "E" in the middle.

The famous frontiersman, Davy Crockett, was born in Greene County in 1786. Davy's great-great-great-great grandson lives in Greene County today.

From 1785 to 1788, Greeneville was the capital of "the most successful unsuccessful political experiment" in history, the Lost State of Franklin. The region now known as "East Tennessee" was part of Virginia and later North Carolina. Known as the State of Franklin in the late 18th century, the Continental Congress under heavy adverse pressure from North Carolina, missed statehood ratification by only two votes. A replica of the Capital stands today as one of several historical points of interest in the Greeneville Historic District.

During the Civil War the area often changed hands, providing a classic study of how the Civil War divided friends and families throughout the south. Greene County's courthouse lawn contains two monuments, one dedicated to the Union and one to the Confederacy.

Greeneville, the county seat of Greene County, has a strong agricultural base, yet boasts 14 companies with fortune 500 affiliations.

Deeply rooted in our nation's history, it lays claim to our 17th president, Andrew Johnson. Johnson's two homes have been restored as national monuments and are administered by the National Park Service. The site includes "Monument Hill" - a beautiful hilltop cemetery where Johnson and his family are buried. Greenevillians felt the Navy should honor small town America by naming a ship after a city other than a major metropolitan area. What community could be more representative of small-town America than Greeneville? With only two remaining SSN's scheduled to be built before the Los Angeles class ended, the people of Greeneville and Greene County decided they wanted one of their own.

The idea originated with two Greeneville Metal Manufacturing employees Supervisor Dale Long, and plant manager Bob Herndon (GMMI built many submarine components). They approached Mayor G. Thomas Love and the local Chamber of Commerce. A decision was made to pursue the naming and the USS GREENEVILLE Committee was formed.

The citizens began a very active campaign, organizing a drive that included local businesses, schools and various government and civic organizations. Many petitions and letters were written to Washington officials. A 12-member delegation flew to Washington for meetings and presentations with state Senators and Congressmen, as well as representatives of the Secretary of the Navy and President Bush. On December 12, 1989 the Secretary of the Navy announced that SSN-772 would be christened USS GREENEVILLE.




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