USS La Jolla SSN-701 Flt I Submarine Model
Sail again with the crew of the USS La Jolla SSN-701 Flt I in this handcrafted wooden Submarine Model. Each piece is carved from wood and handpainted to provide a piece you’ll love.
Length – 20 inches
USS La Jolla (SSN-701), a Los Angeles-class submarine, is named for La Jolla, California. The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut on 10 December 1973 and her keel was laid down on 16 October 1976. She was launched on 11 August 1979 sponsored by Mrs. Jean Bryant Wilson, wife of Congressman Bob Wilson, and commissioned on 24 October 1981, with Captain James R. Lang in command. The USS La Jolla was converted to a Moored Training Ship and is currently stationed at NPTU Charleston in Goose Creek, SC.
During the sea trials for La Jolla, an incident occurred where there was a loss of ship control and subsequent depth excursion at the hands of Admiral Hyman G. Rickover.
In late 1982, about 30 miles out of San Francisco, La Jolla, while at periscope depth, collided with the submarine USS Permit, operating on the surface. La Jolla suffered minor rudder damage, while putting a 10-by-3-foot (3.05 m × 0.91 m) scrape in the paint on Permit’s keel.
La Jolla was the first to successfully test fire a Tomahawk cruise missile while submerged at the Pacific Missile Test Center on 29 April 1983. Her commanding officer at the time was Cdr. Garnet C. “Skip” Beard, who was later promoted to Navy Captain (O6). Capt. Beard appeared in the movie Crimson Tide, and was listed in the credits as a consultant to that film.
The first West Pacific (West-Pac) cruise was between August 1984 and February 1985, in which La Jolla visited ports in Olongapo Philippines, Hong Kong, Chinhae Korea, and Yokosuka, Japan. All crew members participating in the second half of the 1984–85 West-Pac cruise received the Navy Expeditionary Medal for operations in the Sea of Japan.
On 11 February 1998, about 9 miles out of Chinhae, South Korea, La Jolla accidentally ran into and sank a 27-ton fishing trawler. The five crewmembers of the trawler were rescued by the crew of La Jolla.
In 2000, La Jolla was modified to carry a Dry Deck Shelter (DDS).
On 23 August 2004, La Jolla returned to Pearl Harbor after a six-month deployment in the Pacific Ocean. She conducted port visits in Korea, Japan, Singapore, Saipan, and Guam, and participated in five international exercises, including Pacific Reach 2004.
On 30 October 2009 while the sub was undergoing repair at Pearl Harbor, the ship’s skipper, Commander Doug Sampson, was relieved of duty by Submarine Squadron 1 Commodore Captain Stanley Robertson. Robertson cited a “loss of confidence in his [Sampson’s] ability to command” and that “La Jolla’s in-port planning, operations and administrations, which fell short of high Navy standards” as reasons for the relief. Sampson was replaced by Commander Erik Burian, former commanding officer of USS Los Angeles (SSN-688).
La Jolla was converted to a Moored Training Ship (MTS) in August 2017 and decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 15 November 2019. The submarine began the conversion to MTS in February 2015 and completed in late 2019. After a period of “Fast Cruise” in the spring of 2020, the MTS-701 was certified and cleared for student training. The conversion to MTS was expected to take 32 months according to the commanding officer, however it took much longer. During its time in shipyard, the submarine was cut into three pieces, and a portion of the hull taken out. Three new hull sections from General Dynamics Electric Boat was added to accommodate the sub’s new mission. A newly fabricated hull section was welded in place, and the new compartment (OPS, or Operations) contains training spaces, office spaces, and an emergency safeguard system. La Jolla is permanently moored at Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU) at Naval Support Activity Charleston in South Carolina.