USS HOUSTON was the 26th submarine in the LOS ANGELES class and the 8th ship in that class built by Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va. In December 2004, the HOUSTON changed her homeport from San Diego, Calif., to Apra Harbor, Guam. In January 2012, her homeport again changed from Guam to Pearl Harbor, Hi. On June 6, 2016, the HOUSTON departed her homeport Pearl Harbor, Hi., enroute to Bremerton, Wash., to commence her year-long inactivation process. A decommissioning ceremony was held on August 26, 2017. However, the submarine was officially decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list on August 24, 2017.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: August 1, 1975|
|Keel laid: January 29, 1979|
|Launched: March 21, 1981|
|Commissioned: September 25, 1982|
|Decommissioned: August 24, 2017|
|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 |
|Cost: approx. $900 million|
|Crew: 12 Officers, 115 Enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS HOUSTON. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USS HOUSTON:
A broken valve causes USS HOUSTON to plunge nose down.
|June 14, 1989||San Pedro Channel Near Santa Catalina Island, Ca.|
USS HOUSTON snagged a tow cable attached to the tug BARCONA, pulling it under and killing one of its sailors. The tug sank in 2,400 feet of water 10 miles southwest of Long Beach.
|June 16, 1989||off San Pedro, Ca|
After participating in the filming of the "Hunt for Red October", USS HOUSTON shreds net of fishing boat FORTUNA. Damage to the net is estimated at $2,000.
A flooding incident aboard USS HOUSTON results in eight crew members being reassigned for psychological reasons.
A small fire is reported aboard USS HOUSTON.
An incident with a torpedo is reported aboard USS HOUSTON.
A navigation error aboard USS HOUSTON results in the loss of a sonar device.
USS HOUSTON Image Gallery:
The photo below was taken by Ian Johnson and shows the HOUSTON at Fremantle, Australia, on September 4, 2005.
The photos below were taken by me and show the HOUSTON at Submarine Base Point Loma, Calif., on October 4, 2012.
The photo below was taken by Michael Jenning and shows the ex-HOUSTON laid up at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., on June 12, 2022, awaiting recycling.