Command History: 8 Jan 1972 - 13 Nov 1976
Senior Officer - Pre-commissioning Unit:
LCDR A. L. Hogg
Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Company; Norfolk, Virginia
Basic History:Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company in Norfolk, Virginia.
SSN 688 began its life on 8 January 1972 when its keel was laid at the
LOS ANGELES was the Navy's one hundred and ninth nuclear powered submarine and the sixty-seventh of the attack submarine fleet. She is the lead submarine for the new class of high speed nuclear attack submarines.
In January of 1973, CDR Tom R. Murray assumed duty as Prospective Executive Officer of LOS ANGELES (SSN 688) under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company.
In May of 1973, Commander John E. Christensen
assumed the duties of Prospective Commanding Officer, SSN 688 and Commanding Officer LOS ANGELES Precommissioning Unit.
The submarine received her name and insignia on 6 April 1974 when she was christened by the honorable Mrs. Anne Armstrong. On that day she began her distinguished waterborne carear when launched at the shipyard. Her launching
coincided with the keel laying of a sister ship the USS CINCINNATI (SSN 693). This dual ceremony was the first of its kind at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company.
Forty-six officers and men served as the Pre-Commissioning Crew
labored long and hard and made a significant contribution to the final excellence of the ship. Some became Plank Owners and others moved on to other projects or boats. They are all considered and remembered as true shipmates.