USS SANTA FE (SSN 763)
USS SANTA FE (SSN763) is the Navy's 52nd LOS ANGELES class fast attack nuclear powered submarine. She was christened by Mrs. Joy Johnson and launched on December 12, 1992 at General Dynamics Electric Boat Division in Groton, Connecticut. She was then commissioned on January 8, 1994 at Naval Submarine Base, Groton, Connecticut.
The SANTA FE is the second ship to be named in honor of the capital city of New Mexico. An improved LOS ANGELES CLASS (or 688I), she features the BSY-1 combat system, retractable bow planes, and twelve vertical launch tubes for cruise missile strikes.
USS SANTA FE combines stealth, endurance, and agility to provide a highly cost effective and capable ship, ready on a moments notice to carry out a multitude of missisons. A verstile platform, SANTA FE is equally at home in the roles of tactical intelligence gathering and surveillance, regional sea denial and task group support. Should conflict arise, her inherent covertness, near vulnerability to attack, and cruise missile capability provide SANTA FE a unique ability to be in place and undetected offshore for precision strike or ground warfare support.
After completing builders trials and follow-on outfitting, SANTA FE transited to the Pacific Ocean in March 1995 to be based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
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