USS Pasadena (SSN 752)

Submarine Squadron 11

San Diego, CA
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About USS Pasadena (SSN 752)

Ship's History

USS PASADENA (SSN 752) is the third naval vessel and first submarine so named in the United States Navy. Her missions include anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare and strike warfare.

The current PASADENA is the second Improved 688 Class submarine and was built by General Dynamics Corporation, Electric Boat Division, Groton, Connecticut, and was commissioned February 11, 1989.

Originally assigned to Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, PASADENA conducted an interfleet transfer in October 1990 to the Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and was homeported in San Diego, California.

In July 1991, PASADENA became the first Improved 688 Class submarine to deploy, commencing a six month Western Pacific deployment. In June 1993, PASADENA commenced a six month Western Pacific deployment to the Persian Gulf. While deployed, PASADENA participated in several exercises with the Royal Saudi, Omani and Australian Navies.

In March 1995, PASADENA again deployed on a six month Western Pacific deployment. While deployed to the Arabian Gulf PASADENA became the first United States SSN to conduct exercises with the Indian Navy, the first nuclear powered submarine to visit the port of Muskat Oman, the first to operate continuously inside the Arabian Gulf, and the first SSN to be assigned to Commander, U.S. Fifth Fleet. From June 1996 to September 1996, PASADENA underwent a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) where she was outfitted with improved offensive and defensive weapons systems.

PASADENA provides the Fleet Commander or Task Force Commander a multi-mission platform. This vessel has unlimited endurance due to the nuclear propulsion plant , the most advanced sonar, torpedo, cruise missile and mine delivery systems, the best combination of speed and stealth due to quieting and the capacity to fulfill numerous missions because of the versatility of the ship with its highly trained and dedicated crew.


Other Ships Named PASADENA

The first PASADENA, a cargo ship originally named the War Beacon, was commissioned on May 13, 1918. She plied the treacherous waters between the United States and Europe making several transatlantic crossings supplying critical material to the allies in the closing year of World War I.

The second PASADENA (CL-65) was launched December 28, 1943 by the Bethlehem Steel Company in Quincy, Massachusetts and was commissioned June 8, 1944. During World War II, she participated in several important naval campaigns in the Pacific theater. In her most significant engagement, PASADENA provided naval bombardment to cover the landings on the beaches of Iwo Jima.

As flagship for CRUDIV 17, PASADENA participated in continuous strikes against Japanese positions on Okinawa and Kyushu. On September 2, 1945, she anchored in Tokyo Bay to witness the official surrender ceremony. PASADENA was awarded five battle stars for her service during World War II.


Meaning of the Insignia

USS Pasadena (SSN 752) insigniaThe ship's insignia is surrounded by a mooring line border with blue background emphasizing the nautical character of the seal. The surrounding banner carries the ship's hull number and name and is bracketed by the motto. The motto, in addition to enhancing the central combative caricature, states in clear terms the readiness of today's force to fight anywhere in the world on short notice in the national interest. The red rose ties the ship to Pasadena, California, the City of Roses, home of the New Year's Day Rose Parade which dates back more than 50 years. The rose is also now our national flower. The turtle pugilist ties SSN 752 to the USS PASADENA (CL-65), a World War II Light Cruiser which earned five battle stars.