USS Indianapolis (SSN-697) Submarine Model
Dive with the USS Indianapolis (SSN-697) Submarine again in this handcrafted 20-inch submarine. Each piece is carved from wood and handpainted to provide a piece you’ll love.
The third USS Indianapolis (SSN-697), a Los Angeles-class submarine, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for Indianapolis, Indiana. The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut, on 24 January 1972 and her keel was laid down on 19 October 1974. She was launched on 30 July 1977 sponsored by Esther Debra Bray (née Taylor), wife of former Congressman William G. Bray, and commissioned on 5 January 1980.
When Indianapolis was commissioned, many survivors of the cruiser Indianapolis were present for the official ceremony. The submarine’s home port was shifted to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in 1981, operating out of Pearl Harbor for the remainder of her active service. After the boat’s final deployment from April to October 1997, she was awarded the Battle Efficiency E and a Navy Unit Commendation. Both were the first time the submarine had received such awards in her 18-year history.
As a result of the ending of the Cold War and the so-called “Peace Dividend,” the boat was inactivated in 1998 only 18 years into her 30-year life.