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USS Topeka (SSN 754)

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
Propellers: one
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


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Crew List:

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.


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History of USS TOPEKA:

August 1992 - February 1993First WestPac cruise
November 1994 - May 1995Second WestPac cruise in support of the USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64) CVBG
February 1996Homeport change from San Diego, Calif., to Pearl Harbor, Hi.
October 1996 - May 1997Third WestPac cruise
1999 - 2000WestPac cruise
October 2002Homeport change back to San Diego, Calif.
2005 - April 2006WestPac cruise
October 2007 - April 2008WestPac cruise
June - December 2009WestPac cruise
May - July 2010SouthPac cruise


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Accidents aboard USS TOPEKA:

DateWhereEvents
October 11, 2003off Washington stateUSS 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.


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Awards of USS TOPEKA:

199319941995
Battle Efficiency "E"Engineering "E"Battle Efficiency "E"
Tactical "T"Supply "E"Supply "E"
Administration "A"COMSUBPAC Silver AnchorMedical "M"
Damage Control "DC"

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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.



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