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SSN 689 Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge (SSN-689) was laid down by Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Newport News, VA on 18 November 1972; launched 26 April 1975; sponsored by Mrs. F. Edward Hebert; and commissioned: 25 June 1977 with Cdr Thomas Maloney in command.

While patrolling the Barents Sea on 11 February 1992, Baton Rouge collided with the Soviet submarine Barracuda (Sierra class), leading to heated diplomatic exchanges. Both submarines made homeport on their own power. The Soviet submarine has remained in drydock.

She was decommissioned 13 January 1995 and stricken, then disposed of through the Submarine Recycling Program at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton WA; the disposal reported completed on 30 September 1997. She was the first of the Los Angeles class submarines to be decommissioned.



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