Pre-commissioning Era: Launching
6 April 1974
USS Los Angeles (SSN-688), first of a new class of nuclear powered, fast attack submarines was launched on April 6, 1974 in a dual ceremony
with the keel laying of the USS CINCINATTI (SSN-693) at Newport News Shipbuilding.
The crew's family & friends were joined by over 1500 Newport News Shipbuilding design, engineering, manufacturing and administrative employees who were directly involved in building the lead submarine.
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Keel of CINCINNATI and hull of LOS ANGELES ready for the twin ceremony of launch and keel laying.
Invitation to launch festivities.
USS LOS ANGELES, SSN-688 on the ways, ready for launching.
Family, friends and other well wishers gather to watch the christening and launching of USS LOS ANGELES, SSN-688.
In the ring: The USS LOS ANGELES, SSN-688 viewed within the great circular hull section ("keel") of the USS CINCINATTI, SSN-691.
Keel laying ceremony included the welding of the USS CINCINATTI keel.