USS San Francisco (SSN 711)

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS San Francisco prepares to depart for its six-month western Pacific Ocean and Southwest Asia deployment. San Francisco is assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron 11 and homeported in San Diego, Calif.

USS San Francisco (SSN 711) prepares to depart for its six-month Western Pacific and Southwest Asia deployment. USS San Francisco is a Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron 11 and homeported in San Diego, Calif. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shannon Warner / Released)

The San Francisco, you may recall, is the sub that hit an undersea mount south of Guam in 2005 and suffered pretty severe damage. One crewman was killed in the accident. A temporary bow was fitted to allow her to be sailed back to the US for permanent repairs. Due to the fact that San Francisco had recently had her reactor refueled, the Navy decided to replace the damaged forward section (see pics below) with the forward section of the recently-retired USS Honolulu (SSN 718). Honolulu was slightly newer but had not undergone refueling and was going to be decommissioned anyway.

San Francisco rejoined the fleet in the spring of 2009, but I’m not sure if this is her first post-repair deployment or not. Does anyone know for sure?

Pics of collision damage below:

uss san francisco collision damage

uss san francisco collision damage

Comments

  1. Thanks for that great shot of the USS San Francisco pulling out of her home port in San Diego, CA. Yes, this is her first run since the extreme make-over from the accident. My son is on the sub and I wish him and all his crew mates a safe and productive deployment.

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