Our Adopted Vessel
USS Dallas (SSN-700) is a Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered attack submarine built by the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut on October 31, 1973. Her keel was laid down on October 9, 1976 and she was launched on April 28, 1979, sponsored by Mrs. William P. Clements, Jr. Dallas was the first submarine of the SSN 688 class to be originally built with an all-digital fire control (tracking and weapon) system and sonar system.
After commissioning on July 18, 1981, Dallas was attached to Submarine Development Squadron TWELVE, New London, Connecticut, with Captain Donald R. Ferrier in command, where she was involved in many research and development projects. Since September 1988, Dallas has been a member of Submarine Squadron TWO, New London, Connecticut.
Dallas has completed deployments to the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Persian Gulf and the North Atlantic.
Dallas received two Meritorious Unit Commendations, two Navy Unit Commendations and was awarded the Battle Efficiency E for FY 1986, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1999 and 2000. Further recognition includes nomination for the 1993 Battenberg Cup as the best all-around ship in the fleet and the 1999 Engineering "E" and Medical "M". She also carries a bit of celebrity status, having played a very prominent part in Tom Clancy's "Hunt for Red October".
The USS Dallas is 360' long with a 33' beam and a draft of 32,215 feet. On the surface, she displaces approximately 6,000 tons of water and submerged, approximately 6,900 tons. Her surfaced speed can reach 15 knots, while her submerged speed is 32 knots. She can carry a crew of 12 officers and 115 enlisted and cost almost $900 million.