USS PROVIDENCE was the 32nd LOS ANGELES - class Attack Submarine. Starting with USS PROVIDENCE and beyond the last 31 hulls of the LOS ANGELES - class had 12 vertical launch tubes for the Tomahawk cruise missile, along with an upgraded reactor core.
Homeported at Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Conn., throughout her entire service life, PROVIDENCE departed her homeport for the last time in late August 2021, enroute to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., for the year-long inactivation process. The submarine arrived in Bremerton on September 23, 2021, and was inactivated on December 2, 2021. On August 22, 2022, PROVIDENCE was officially decommissioned and stricken from the Navy list.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: April 16, 1979|
|Keel Laid: October 14, 1982|
|Launched: August 4, 1984|
|Commissioned: July 27, 1985|
|Decommissioned: August 22, 2022|
|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. 6,000 tons Submerged: approx. 6,900 tons|
|Speed: Surfaced: approx. 15 knots Submerged: approx. 32 knots|
|Cost: approx. $900 million|
|Crew: 12 Officers, 115 Enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS PROVIDENCE. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS PROVIDENCE Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the PROVIDENCE at Naval Base Toulon, France, in late September 2015. At the time, the PROVIDENCE was in the final days of a six-month Middle East deployment. On September 12, 2015, the submarine transited the Suez Canal re-entering the Mediterranean. After participating in Exercise Dynamic Manta in the Ionian Sea, the PROVIDENCE arrived at Toulon. The first photos below show the pretty worn PROVIDENCE on September 23. Note the missing coating on the rudder. The last three photos were taken three days later on September 26 and show the repainted submarine. USS PROVIDENCE returned home to Groton on October 9, 2015.
The photo below was taken by Michael Jenning and shows the PROVIDENCE at Submarine Base Groton, Conn., on October 15, 2015. She is still wearing her homecoming lei on the sail.