SSN 763 Sante Fe
USS SANTA FE (SSN763) is the Navy's 52nd LOS ANGELES class fast attack nuclear powered submarine. She was christened by Mrs. Joy Johnson and launched on December 12, 1992 at General Dynamics Electric Boat Division in Groton, Connecticut. She was then commissioned on January 8, 1994 at Naval Submarine Base, Groton, Connecticut.
The SANTA FE is the second ship to be named in honor of the capital city of New Mexico. An improved LOS ANGELES CLASS (or 688I), she features the BSY-1 combat system, retractable bow planes, and twelve vertical launch tubes for cruise missile strikes.
USS SANTA FE combines stealth, endurance, and agility to provide a highly cost effective and capable ship, ready on a moment's notice to carry out a multitude of missions. A versatile platform, SANTA FE is equally at home in the roles of tactical intelligence gathering and surveillance, regional sea denial and task group support. Should conflict arise, her inherent covertness, near invulnerability to attack, and cruise missile capability provide SANTA FE a unique ability to be in place and undetected offshore for precision strike or ground warfare support.
Incorporated in SANTA FE's normal arsenal are MK-48 and Advanced Capability (ADCAP) torpedoes, as well as TOMAHAWK cruise missiles like the ones fired during DESERT STORM and in Bosnia. She carries 12 TOMAHAWK cruise missiles in vertical launch tubes located external to the pressure hull forward of the sail. The preparation and launching of each weapon is accomplished by highly sophisticated, computer-controlled sonar and fire control systems. Additionally, SANTA FE has the ability to deliver underwater mines in coastal areas and carry teams of Special Forces for covert deployment.
SANTA FE is 362 feet long and displaces 6900 tons submerged. Being nuclear powered, she can remain submerged for long periods of time. Since she can produce her own water and oxygen, SANTA FE's endurace is limited mainly to how much food she can carry. SANTA FE can dive deeper than 800 feet and run at speeds in excess of 25 knots.
After completing builders trials and follow-on outfitting, SANTA FE transited to the Pacific Ocean in March 1995 to be based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Operating in Submarine Squadron Seven, she prepared for her first deployment. In April 1997, she finished her first six-month Western Pacific Deployment with the USS KITTY HAWK Carrier Battle Group. In September 1998 she completed a very successful dry-dock availability at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard, and has just recently returned from a three month trip to the Eastern Pacific and West Coast of the United States.
USS Santa Fe returned home to Pearl Harbor on Mar. 9, 2004 following a six-month deployment in the Western Pacific.
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