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SSN 715 Buffalo

USS BUFFALO (SSN 715) is the Navy's 25th Los Angeles class fast attack submarine. Her keel was laid on 25 January 1980 and she began her waterborne career on 8 May 1982, when she was launched by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company in Newport News, Virginia. She was commissioned on 5 November 1983 in Norfolk, Virginia, and one year later conducted an interfleet transfer to the Pacific Fleet Submarine Force via the Panama Canal. USS BUFFALO had been homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii since 1984.

USS Buffalo (SSN 715) arrived at her new homeport 18 January 2013 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam marked the near completion of a homeport shift from Commander, Submarine Squadron 15 in Guam. Buffalo, nicknamed Silent Thunder, departed Guam Jan. 11. Upon her arrival at Pearl Harbor, she will be assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron 1.

USS BUFFALO is a streamlined, highly advanced and complex fighting platform designed to defeat enemy naval forces alone or in consort with the modern Naval Battle Group. USS BUFFALO is an integral part of the Navy's ability to provide forward presence and project power around the world. The mainstays of her abilities are stealth, speed, endurance and flexibility. With her state of the art combat systems she can perform traditional sea control operations as well as strike targets on shore.

Powered by a safe, reliable and extremely powerful pressurized water nuclear reactor of advanced design, USS BUFFALO has the ability to operate independently of the outside atmosphere for extended periods of time at high speed.

The world's most highly trained and dedicated officers and crew are the backbone of the ship's ability. Employing her state of the art combat systems and electronic suites makes USS BUFFALO an outstanding multi-mission capable platform with formidable hunter-killer capability.

USS BUFFALO, like other 688 class submarines, is capable of carrying the most advanced weapons available to the submarine force. Included in her arsenal are the MK-48 advanced capability torpedo and the TOMAHAWK land attack cruise missile.

During her last drydocking USS BUFFALO was outfitted with the Dry-Deck Shelter system, further extending her capabilities to meet the ever-increasing demands being placed on the submarine force today. This new capability, coupled with her outstanding crew make USS BUFFALO the most formidable asset the Pacific Submarine Force has to offer.

USS Buffalo (SSN 715) arrived at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton to commence the inactivation and decommissioning process, 26 May 2017, after completing 33 years of service. Buffalo completed her most recent deployment December 23, 2016. During their final 7-month deployment to the Western Pacific region, Buffalo visited Singapore, participated in cooperative exercises with the Indonesian and Republic of Singapore navies, and had 25 crew members receive their submarine warfare qualifications, or dolphins. Under the command of Cmdr. Micah Maxwell, Buffalo departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for a homeport change to Bremerton, Washington, May 1, 2017. Buffalo has been homeported in Hawaii since 1984. During the inactivation process, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility will de-fuel the submarine, with the hull retained in safe storage until decommissioning.

The United States Navy fast attack submarine USS BUFFALO (SSN 715) was the third United States Navy Ship to bear the proud name of BUFFALO.

The first BUFFALO, a five gun block sloop with a crew of forty-four, served as a patrol vessel and flagship of the Delaware Flotilla during the War of 1812. On the twenty-ninth of July in 1813, while serving as Lieutenant Samuel Angus' flagship, the sloop BUFFALO took part in an attack on the British frigate Junon and British sloop-of-war Martin.

The second BUFFALO was the sixth hull constructed by the Newport News Shipbuilding company in 1892 as a commercial vessel. The United States government purchased the ship in 1898, fitted her out as auxiliary cruiser and commissioned her as the USS BUFFALO. She saw service in the Philippines, Mexico, Nicaragua, and as a part of the China Relief Expedition.

In 1917, the USS BUFFALO transported a special United States diplomatic mission to Russia and upon her return was converted to serve as a destroyer tender. For the remainder of World War I the USS BUFFALO was stationed off the coast of France and Gibraltar serving the fleet in this capacity. After a final tour with the United States Asiatic Fleet in 1921, the USS BUFFALO was decommissioned in 1922.




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