USS Olympia Arrives in Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton for Namesake Visit

The U.S. Navy’s Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Olympia (SSN 717) arrives at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton for a namesake visit on March 16,2018.

The crew is visiting Olympia to perform community relations projects and tour the capital.

USS Olympia (SSN-717)

USS Olympia (SSN-717) is the 29th Los Angeles-class submarine of the United States Navy. It is the 104th nuclear powered submarine and the 95th attack submarine of the Navy.

The contract to build her was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia on 15 September 1977 and her keel was laid down on 31 March 1981. She was launched on 30 April 1983 sponsored by Mrs. Dorothy Williams, and commissioned on 17 November 1984, with Captain William Hughes in command.

Olympia is the second ship of the U.S. Navy to be named for Olympia, Washington. The original USS OLYMPIA was commissioned February 5, 1895. Her first assignment was that of Flagship for the Asiatic Fleet. This led to the historical day at Manila Bay when Commodore Dewey turned to Captain Gridley and ordered “Fire when ready.” OLYMPIA’s guns were the first to cry out, leading to the destruction of Spain’s Asian Fleet.

In 1998, Olympia became the first Pacific-based submarine to pass through the Suez Canal in over 35 years.

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