The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Scranton (SSN 756) is the second U.S. Navy ship to be named for Scranton, Pennsylvania. She was laid down on Aug. 29, 1986, launched on July 3, 1989, and was commissioned January 26, 1991.
Scranton is assigned to Submarine Squadron 11 and is homeported at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego.
General Characteristics, Los Angeles Class Fast Attack Submarines
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding Co.; General Dynamics Electric Boat Division
Date Deployed: Nov. 13, 1976 (USS Los Angeles)
Propulsion: One nuclear reactor, one shaft
Length: 360 feet (109.73 meters)
Beam: 33 feet (10.06 meters)
Displacement: Approximately 6,900 tons (7011 metric tons) submerged
Speed: 25+ knots (28+ miles per hour, 46.3 +kph)
Crew: 16 Officers; 127 Enlisted
Armament: Tomahawk missiles, VLS tubes (SSN 719 and later), MK48 torpedoes, four torpedo tubes
Commander Aaron C. Peterson
United States Navy
Commanding Officer, USS Scranton (SSN 756)
Cmdr. Aaron C. Peterson was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky, and was raised in Scotland, South Dakota. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University in 2000 and commissioned via Navy ROTC.
Peterson reported to Los Angeles-class submarine USS Springfield (SSN 761) for his first at-sea assignment. During his four-year tour, he completed two deployments to the Arabian Gulf and Mediterranean Sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Springfield earned her first Battle “E” in 2002 and was awarded the Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy the same year.
Peterson’s next tour was at Tulane University Navy ROTC in New Orleans, where he served as the submarine warfare advisor and junior class advisor. While there, he helped the unit recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He also earned a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering while at Tulane and published an article in the academic journal “Applied Surface Science.”
He reported to Ohio-class submarine USS Georgia (SSGN 729) as the Blue Crew engineer. As officer of the deck, he deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet for Georgia’s maiden SSGN deployment and a follow-on deployment, as well as the first nationally tasked SSGN mission in U.S. 5th Fleet. Georgia earned the Battle “E” in 2009 as well as the Engineering Red “E” for 2009 and 2010.
In 2010 Peterson reported to Naples, Italy, for duty as the Submarine Group 8 engineer and Task Force 69 strike liaison officer. While in Italy, he oversaw the first tended SSGN upkeep in Diego Garcia and directly supported submarine strike operations for Operation Odyssey Dawn in Libya.
Peterson joined Los Angeles-class submarine USS La Jolla as executive officer in 2012. He completed two Western Pacific deployments on La Jolla and prepared the ship for a change of homeport to Norfolk for conversion to a moored training ship. He then served as the Navy Special Programs officer for the Joint Staff intelligence directorate. Peterson worked across the intelligence community to prioritize, plan, and execute sensitive reconnaissance worldwide.
He currently serves as commanding officer of Los Angeles-class submarine USS Scranton (SSN 756) at Naval Base Point Loma, California. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards).