SSN 752 Pasadena
USS PASADENA (SSN 752) is the third vessel and first submarine so named in the United States Navy. Her missions include anti-submarine warfare and strike warfare.
The current PASADENA is the second Improved 688 Class submarine and was built by General Dynamics Corporation, Electric Boat Division, Groton, Conneticut, and was commissioned February 11, 1989.
Originally assigned to Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, PASADENA conducted an interlfleet transfer in October 1990 to the Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and was homeported in San Diego, California.
In July 1991, PASADENA became the first Improved 688 Class submarine to deploy, commencing a six month Western Pacific deployment. In June 1993, PASADENA commenced a six month Western Pacific deployment to the Persian Gulf. While deployed, PASADENA participated in several exercises with the Royal Saudi, Omani and Australian Navies.
In March 1995, PASADENA again deployed on a six month Western Pacific Deployment. While deployed to the Arabian Gulf PASADENA became the first United States SSN to conduct exercises with the Indian Navy, the first nuclear powered submarine to visit the port of Muskat Oman, the first to operate continuosly inside the Arabian Gulf, and the first SSN to be assigned to Commander, U.S. Fifth Fleet. From June 1996 to September 1996, PASADENA underwent a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) where she was outfitted with improved offensive and defensive weapon systems.
In November 1996, PASADENA changed homeports to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii where she is now assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron Seven. In April 1997, PASADENA deployed to the Eastern Pacific for a four month deployment in support of UNITAS. PASADENA is currently on a six month Western Pacific Deployment providing services for both U.S. Fifth and Seventh Fleets.
PASADENA provides the Fleet Commander or Task Force Commander a multi-mission platform. This vessel has unlimited endurance due to the nuclear propulsion plant, the most advanced sonar, torpedo, cruise missile, and mine delivery systems, the best combination of speed and stealth due to quieting and the capacity to fufill numerous missions because of the verstility of the ship with its highly trained and dedicated crew.
PASADENA was awarded the Submarine Squadron Seven Battle "E" Effieciency award for 1998.
City of Pasadena
Pasadena. For millions of Americans, the name evokes images of relaxing in front of a television set each January 1st watching the first parade and football game of the new year. But for 133,000 people, this Southern California community is more than just the Tournament of Roses parade and the Rose Bowl game. It's home.
Primarily a residential community and a suburb of Los Angeles, the city is a center for industrial research and light manufacture of scientific and electronic precision instruments, china, ceramic art objects, pharmaceutical products and cosmetics. It is also an important retail trading center.
The land on which Pasadena stands was once occupied by the Hahamognas Indians. Then the Spaniards arrived in 1771 and set up the San Gabriel Mission. Under a grant from the mission fathers, the land became Rancho San Pascual in 1826.
After several changes in ownership, the land was settled in 1873 by a group from Indiana and was known as the "Indiana Colony." Two years later, the group adopted the name Pasadena, which means "valley" or "valley town" in Chippewa Indian dialect. (Pasadena lies in the San Gabriel Valley). The name has also been interpreted as "Key of the Valley" or "Crown of the Valley," hence the adoption of both crown and key in the official city seal.
The First Pasadena
The first PASADENA, a cargo ship, originally named the War Beacon, was commissioned on May 13, 1918. She plied the treacherous waters between the United States and Europe making several transatlantic crossings supplying critical material to the allies in the closing year of World War I.
The second PASADENA (CL-5) was launched December 28, 1943 by the Bethlehem Steel Company in Quincy, Massachusetts and was commissioned Jun 8, 1944. During World War II, she participated in several important naval campaigns in the Pacific theater. In her most sugnificant engagement, PASADENA provided naval bombardment to cover the landings on the beaches of Iwo Jima. As flagship for CRUDIV 17, PASADENA participated in continuous strikes against Japanese positions in Okinawa and Kyushu. On September 2, 1945, she anchored in Tokyo Bay to witness the official surrender ceremony. PASADENA was awarded five battle stars for her service during World War II.
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