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Release No: 524-96
September 11, 1996


The last Los Angeles Class Attack submarine, Cheyenne (SSN 773), will be commissioned during a 10 a.m. ceremony Friday, September 13, 1996, at Pier 12, Naval Station, Norfolk, Virginia.

Named to honor Wyoming's capital city, Cheyenne is the third ship to bear the name. A converted tugboat was the first, operating in 1885 during the Spanish-American War. The second was Monitor No.10 in 1902, originally named Wyoming but later renamed to clear that name for a new battleship.

Virginia Senator John Warner will be the ceremony's principal speaker. Mrs. Ann Simpson, wife of Wyoming Senator Alan K. Simpson, is the ship's sponsor and will give the first order to man our ship and bring her to life.

Distinguished guests attending the ceremony will include Wyoming Senator Alan K. Simpson and Representative Barbara Cubin, Wyoming (at large); Vice Admiral Richard W. Mies, Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet/Commander Submarine Allied Command Atlantic; Rear Admiral John F. Shipway, Deputy Commander for Submarines, Naval Sea Systems Command; the Honorable Leo A. Pando, Mayor of Cheyenne, Wyoming; and Mr. W. P. Fricks, President and Chief Executive Officer, Newport News Shipbuilding.

Cheyenne is fully capable of performing any missions assigned to the submarine force today, including anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering, insertion of special forces, strike missions, mining and search and rescue. The Navy's AN/BSY-1 combat control and sonar system, plus retractable bow planes and a hardened sail for breaking through ice during Arctic operations, are also installed in Cheyenne. Weaponry will include MK-48 and MK-48 advanced capability torpedoes, Harpoon and Tomahawk missiles, and submarine-launched mobile mines.

Following its commissioning, Cheyenne will join the Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet with Commander Peter H. Ozimek, a native of Westfield, New Jersey, as the commanding officer. The submarine will be homeported in Norfolk, Virginia, with a crew of 14 Officers, and 126 Sailors. The Cheyenne is 360 feet in length, has a beam of 33 feet, displaces approximately 6,900 tons submerged and is capable of reaching speeds in excess of 25 knots.

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