USS NORFOLK was the 27th submarine in the LOS ANGELES class and the 9th ship in that class built by Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va. USS NORFOLK held a decommissioning ceremony at Norfolk, Va., on December 11, 2014, before she departed for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine, where she arrived in early January 2015 to commence a year-long inactivation process. On April 19, 2016, the NORFOLK left the shipyard under tow for the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., where she will be scrapped.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: February 20, 1976|
|Keel laid: August 1, 1979|
|Launched: October 31, 1981|
|Commissioned: May 21, 1983|
|Decommissioned: December 11, 2014|
|Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va.|
|Propulsion system: one nuclear reactor|
|Length: 360 feet (109.73 meters)|
|Beam: 33 feet (10 meters)|
|Draft: 32,15 feet (9.8 meters)|
|Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 6,100 tons Submerged: approx. 6,900 tons|
|Speed: Surfaced: approx. 15 knots Submerged: approx. 32 knots|
|Armament: four 533 mm torpedo tubes for Mk-48 torpedoes, Harpoon and Tomahawk missiles|
|Cost: approx. $900 million|
|Crew: 12 Officers, 115 Enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS NORFOLK. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USS NORFOLK:
|January 17, 1989||near the Chesapeak Bay Bridge-Tunnel near Norfolk, Va.|
USS NORFOLK collides with USS SAN DIEGO (AFS 6) on the surface as both ships are heading out to sea, causing minor damage and no injuries.
USS NORFOLK Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the NORFOLK passing the Chesapeak Bay Bridge-Tunnel on a windy morning on her way to Naval Base Norfolk, Va. The last photo shows the submarine berthed at the Naval Base a few hours later. All photos were taken on October 29, 2010.
The photos below were taken by John Rebus (Michael) and show the decommissioned NORFOLK at Naval Submarine Base Point Loma, Calif., on June 2, 2016. The submarine recently completed a year-long inactivation process at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine. From there, she was towed by the USNS APACHE (T-ATF 172) via the Panama Canal to Point Loma, arriving there on May 18, 2016. From Point Loma, the NORFOLK will be towed to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., for scrapping.