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SSN 768 Harford

The christening ceremony for the USS Hartford (SSN 768), was held at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut, on Saturday, December 4, 1993 commencing at 11:30 a.m. Mrs. Laura O'Keefe, wife of former Secretary of the Navy Sean O'Keefe, broke a bottle of champagne over the bow and formally named the ship.

The Navy's 57th of 62 Los Angeles class attack submarines, SSN 768 was commissioned on Dec. 10 at Naval Submarine Base, New London, Conn.

Hartford honors the capital city of Connecticut. One previous U.S. Navy ship, a steam sloop which was Rear Admiral David Farragut's flagship during the Civil War battles of New Orleans, Vicksburg and Mobile Bay, has been named Hartford.

Hartford deployed to the Mediterranean Sea in October 2003.

USS Hartford ran aground on October 25, 2003 according to the New London Day on October 28, 2003. The was leaving La Maddalena, Italy on the Island of Sardinia around 12:40 PM when it scraped the bottom of the port. Initial damage reports indicated that the there was limited damage to the rudder and that there were scrapes on the hull. The submarine was able to return to port under its own power. There were no casualties.

The fast-attack submarine USS Hartford arrived at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va., Dec. 16, 2003 to repair exterior damage caused by an accidental grounding off the coast of Italy in October.



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