USS COLUMBIA is the 60th submarine of the LOS ANGELES class and she is the 33rd ship of that class built by General Dynamics Electric Boat Division.
She is the seventh ship of the Navy that honors the capital of South Carolina, and cities in Missouri and Illinois.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: December 14, 1988|
|Keel laid: April 21, 1993|
|Launched and Christened: September 24, 1994|
|Commissioned: October 9, 1995|
|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|
|Homeport: Pearl Harbor, HI.|
|Crew: 13 Officers, 116 Enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS COLUMBIA. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Notes of Interest:
During the launching ceremony COLUMBIA sledded 1,300 feet down a wooden ramp into the Thames River. USS COLUMBIA was the last U.S. submarine to be launched in this dramatic fashion. Future submarines built in the United States will be launched by flooding the dry dock where they are built.
About the Christening Ceremony:
Hillary Rodham Clinton christened the U.S. Navy submarine, COLUMBIA, in a ceremony at noon, Saturday, September 24, 1994, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, Connecticut. Mrs. Clinton broke a bottle of champagne across the bow in the age old Navy tradition, and formally named the ship.
Mrs. Clinton also was the principal speaker at the ceremony. Secretary of the Navy John H. Dalton introduced the First Lady. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jeremy M. Boorda, and Senator Christopher J. Dodd also spoke.
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