USS TUCSON is the 59th LOS ANGELES class attack submarines and the second ship in the United States Navy to bear the name of this Arizona city. Originally, the TUCSON was scheduled to be commissioned on August 18, 1995, however, Hurricane Felix sortied numerous ships - including TUCSON - out of Norfolk, Va., and so the TUCSON was commissioned three weeks later on September 9, 1995. That's also the reason why August 18, 1995, is sometimes indicated as commissioning date - even on official publications and the Navy's Naval Vessel Register.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: June 10, 1988|
|Keel laid: September 20, 1991|
|Launched: March 20, 1994|
|Commissioned: September 9, 1995|
|Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding Co., 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. 6,000 tons Submerged: approx. 6,900 tons|
|Speed: Surfaced: approx. 15 knots Submerged: approx. 32 knots|
|Armament: Harpoon and Tomahawk missiles from VLS-tubes, four 533 mm torpedo Tubes for Mk-48 torpedoes, ability to lay mines|
|Cost: approx. $900 million|
|Homeport: Pearl Harbor, HI.|
|Crew: 13 Officers, 116 Enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS TUCSON. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USS TUCSON:
|June 1996||Newport News Shipbuilding, Va.|
USS TUCSON was hit by USNS GILLILAND (T-AKR 298). GILLILAND was under conversion and broke loose in 40mph winds from a Newport News Shipbuilding Pier. No information about the damage aboard TUCSON.
General Information about USS TUCSON:
USS TUCSON is named after the city of Tucson in Arizona. This town is also the home of Raytheon, the manufacturers of the Tomahawk Cruise Missiles.
One of TUCSON’s first deployments was in early 1998 when she deployed to the Arabian Gulf in company with the USS INDEPENDENCE Battle Group.
USS TUCSON Image Gallery: