USS Boise SSN-764 Submarine
Dive with the USS Boise again in this handcrafted 20-inch submarine. Each piece is carved from wood and handpainted to provide a piece you’ll love.
USS Boise (SSN-764), a Los Angeles-class submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for Boise, Idaho. The contract to build her was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia on 6 February 1987 and her keel was laid down on 25 August 1988. She was launched on 23 March 1991 sponsored by Mrs. Louise McClure, and commissioned on 7 November 1992 with Commander D. Mericle in command.
During a Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) carried out in 1999, Boise was reported “sunk” by Dutch diesel-electric powered submarine HNLMS Walrus. In the same exercise Walrus reportedly also took down 8 other allied vessels, including the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and flagship of the United States Sixth Fleet USS Mount Whitney.
In 2002 Boise was assigned to the John F. Kennedy carrier battle group when the group took part in Operation Enduring Freedom.
In March 2003, Boise delivered some of the opening shots of Operation Iraqi Freedom when she launched a full load of Tomahawk missiles in support of the initial invasion. The ship and crew were later awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for their distinguished service in action.
As of February 2017 Boise is not dive certified as it awaits scheduled maintenance at Norfolk. Due to congestion and delays in Navy shipyards, it is planned that Boise will receive maintenance at a private shipyard during Fiscal Year 2019.