Command History: 13 Nov 1976 - 31 Dec 1977
CDR J. E. Christensen, Jr., USN: 13 Nov 1976 - 21 Oct 1977
CDR R. E. Beedle, USN: 21 Oct 1977 - 21 Feb 1981
Type Commander: CDR Submarine Force, U. S. Atlantic Fleet
Squadron Commander: CDR
Submarine Squadron SIX
Basic History:Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Newport News, Virginia.
USS LOS ANGELES (SSN 688) was commissioned on 13 November 1976 following a construction period of nearly five years at the
The USS LOS
ANGELES, (SSN 688) is 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.
The USS LOS ANGELES was christened by Mrs. Anne Armstrong, then counsellor to the President of the United States. USS LOS ANGELES' launching
on 6 April 1974 coincided with the keel laying ceremony of a sister ship the USS CINCINATTI (SSN 693), the first of its kind ceremony at Newport News Shipbuilding.
Nearly thirty-nine months after launch USS LOS ANGELES set out on her initial sea trials to test operation of the nuclear propulsion plan under the direction of Admiral H. G. Rickover, the Deputy Commander for Nuclear Propulsion of the Naval Sea Systems Command and head of the Naval Reactors branch of
the Energy Research and Development Administration. Immediately after completion of the first sea trials, further trials were commenced to test the complex sonar and weapons systems installed in LOS ANGELES.
USS LOS ANGELES brings to the fleet the unlimited endurance of nuclear power, the most advanced submarine detecting system and an impressive underwater weapons launch capability. The USS LOS ANGELES is capable of high speed support operations complementing the carrier
task forces of the United States Navy.