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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 682-94
December 08, 1994

NAVY TO COMMISSION SUBMARINE

HARTFORD (SSN 768)

The Los Angeles class attack submarine Hartford (SSN 768), will be commissioned at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, 1994, at the Naval Submarine Base, New London, Connecticut.

Senator Christopher Dodd will be the ceremony's principal speaker. Also attending the ceremony will be the ship's Sponsor, Mrs. Laura O'Keefe, wife of former Secretary of the Navy Sean O'Keefe.

Hartford honors the capital city of Connecticut. One previous U.S. Navy ship, a steam sloop which was Rear Admiral David Farragut's flagship during the Civil War battles of New Orleans, Vicksburg and Mobile Bay, was named Hartford.

Hartford is the 57th of 62 Los Angeles class submarines authorized for construction by Congress. Attack submarines are a vital part of the Navy's "Forward ...From the Sea" doctrine, bringing to bear proven shallow water operational capabilities including mine warfare, covert coastal surveillance and intelligence gathering, operations with special forces and combat search and rescue. Further, the submarine's ability to strike targets at, below and beyond the water's surface make it a potent asset in the nation's arsenal.

Hartford is equipped with the Tomahawk cruise missile system for a significant land attack and strike capability, and is an improved version of the Los Angeles Class, with a hardened sail and retractable bow planes for surfacing through the ice during Arctic missions. The ship is 360 feet long, has a beam of 33 feet and displaces approximately 6,900 tons submerged. Hartford will carry a crew of 127 enlisted personnel and 14 officers. Commander George Kasten, a native of Gales Ferry, Connecticut, will be the ship's commanding officer.