USS TOPEKA is the 43rd LOS ANGELES Attack Submarine and the third ship in the Navy to bear the name.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: November 28, 1983|
|Keel laid: May 13, 1986|
|Launched: January 23, 1988|
|Commissioned: October 21, 1989|
|Builder: Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, Conn.|
|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. 6,255 tons|
|Submerged: approx. 7,102 tons|
|Speed: Surfaced: approx. 15 knots|
|Submerged: approx. 32 knots|
|Armament: Tomahawk missiles from 12 VLS-tubes, four 533 mm torpedo tubes for Mk-48 torpedoes, Harpoon missiles|
|Cost: approx. $900 million|
|Homeport: San Diego, CA|
|Crew: 12 Officers, 115 Enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS TOPEKA. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
History of USS TOPEKA:
|August 1992 - February 1993||First WestPac cruise|
|November 1994 - May 1995||Second WestPac cruise in support of the USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64) CVBG|
|February 1996||Homeport change from San Diego, Calif., to Pearl Harbor, Hi.|
|October 1996 - May 1997||Third WestPac cruise|
|1999 - 2000||WestPac cruise|
|October 2002||Homeport change back to San Diego, Calif.|
|2005 - April 2006||WestPac cruise|
|October 2007 - April 2008||WestPac cruise|
|June - December 2009||WestPac cruise|
|May - July 2010||SouthPac cruise|
Accidents aboard USS TOPEKA:
|October 11, 2003||off Washington state||USS TOPEKA snagged and parted a cable stretched between the tug ERNEST CAMPBELL and an empty oil barge. The TOPEKA, which was submerged at the time, suffered only a scrape to a bow plane and no crew injuries. No one was injured, and no damage was reported on the ERNEST CAMPBELL. The barge drifted northward in high winds and seas off Cape Flattery for three hours until a tug was able to recover the towline and reattach it. The barge was towed into Port Angeles in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the entrance to Puget Sound.|
USS TOPEKA was conducting routine training exercises off Washington and was headed to the Bangor Submarine Base when the incident occurred.
Awards of USS TOPEKA:
|Battle Efficiency "E"||Engineering "E"||Battle Efficiency "E"|
|Tactical "T"||Supply "E"||Supply "E"|
|Administration "A"||COMSUBPAC Silver Anchor||Medical "M"|
|Damage Control "DC"|
USS TOPEKA Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the TOPEKA at Submarine Base Point Loma, Calif., on September 29 and October 2, 2011.
The photos below were taken by me and show the TOPEKA at Submarine Base Point Loma, Calif., on October 4 (the first photo) and October 11, 2012.