USS BOSTON was the 16th nuclear powered attack submarine in the
LOS ANGELES-class. She was last homeported in Groton, CT., and after being decommissioned she was berthed at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash. for the next two years until taken from its berth at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on October 31, 2001. BOSTON then went to the drydock where the scrapping commenced. Scrapping was completed in January 2002. The USS BOSTON Shipmates, Inc. was however, able to save the sail and rudder for display. These sections went to the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park in Buffalo, NY for display. BOSTON was the first LOS ANGELES-class submarine to be preserved in such a manner.
The BOSTON was the seventh ship in the Navy named after the city of Boston, Mass.
USS BOSTON finished her last successful deployment on November 16, 1998, when she returned home to Groton, CT., after she had participated in Exercise UNITAS 39 from July 8 to November 10. UNITAS is a yearly, multinational naval deployment exercise. Every year since 1960, several United States Navy vessels have circumnavigated the South American continent, participating in maneuvers with local navies. This circumnavigation alternates each year between clockwise and counterclockwise.
Other US Naval Forces participating in the exercise included USS DOYLE (FFG 39), USS MOOSBRUGGER (DD 980), USS LA MOURE COUNTY (LST 1194) and the USCGC MOHAWK.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: December 10, 1973|
|Keel Laid: August 11, 1978|
|Launched: April 19, 1980|
|Commissioned: January 30, 1982|
|Decommissioned: November 19, 1999|
|Builder: Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, CT|
|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: four 533 mm torpedo tubes for Mk-48 torpedoes, Harpoon missiles|
|Cost: approx. $900 million|
|Crew: 12 Officers, 115 Enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS BOSTON. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Awards of USS BOSTON:
|1983||CINCLANTFLT Golden Anchor Award|
|1983||Red "E" for Engineering Excellence|
|1983-1984||Meritorious Unit Commendation|
|1984||Battle Efficiency "E" Ribbon|
|1984||Arleigh Burke Award Nominee for Greatest Improvement in Battle Efficiency|
|1985||Battle Efficiency "E" Ribbon|
|1985||Red "E" for Engineering Excellence|
|1985||Green "C" for Communications Excellence|
|1985||Silver Anchor Award|
|1985||Meritorious Unit Commendation|
|1986||Green "C" for Communications Excellence|
|1986||Red "E" for Engineering Excellence|
|1987||Yellow "M" for Medical Excellence|
|1987||CINCLANTFLT Silver Anchor Award|
|1987||CINCLANTFLT Golden Anchor Award Runner Up|
|1988||CINCLANTFLT Golden Anchor Award|
|1989||CINCLANTFLT Silver Anchor Award|
|1990||Green "C" for Communications Excellence|
|1991||Supply Blue "E" for Supply Excellence|
|1991||Meritorious Unit Commendation|
|1993||White Tactical "T" for Tactical Proficiency|
|1995||Battle Efficiency "E" Ribbon|
|1995||Arleigh Burke Award for Greatest Improvement in Battle Efficiency|
|1996||Battle Efficiency "E" Ribbon|
|1995-1996||Meritorious Unit Commendation|
|1996||Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award for Most Battle-Ready Ship in Atlantic Fleet|
|1997||Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation|
|1997||Red "DC" for Damage Control Excellence|
|1998||Red and Green "N" for Navigation Excellence|
USS BOSTON today:
USS BOSTON was decommissioned on November 19, 1999. On October 31, 2001, BOSTON went to the drydock where the scrapping commenced. Scrapping was completed in January 2002. The USS BOSTON Shipmates, Inc. was however, able to save the sail and rudder for display. These sections went to the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park in Buffalo, NY for display. BOSTON was the first LOS ANGELES-class submarine to be preserved in such a manner.
On the first photo the rudder foundation still needs to be dug for the exhibit and the installed. Also, there is still much welding, installation of plate covers and painting needs to be done. The second photo was taken on April 24, 2004. The next step in the project is tackling the mounting of the rudder in the display. Both photos were taken by Bruce McCausland.
USS BOSTON Image Gallery:
The following two photos and the patch were sent to us by Bruce McCausland, plankowner of the USS BOSTON (SSN 703). The first photo (left) shows the BOSTON in Groton, CT., in 1982 or 1983. The second photo (right) shows the submarine during a port visit to Fremantle, Australia, in September 1983 during its maiden deployment.