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USS Pasadena (SSN-752)
USS Pasadena (SSN-752)
USS Pasadena (SSN-752)
Career (US)
Name: USS Pasadena
Namesake: City of Pasadena, California
Awarded: 30 November 1982
Builder: General Dynamics Electric Boat
Laid down: 20 December 1985
Launched: 12 September 1987
Commissioned: 11 February 1989
Homeport: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
Status: in active service, as of 2022
Badge: Pasedena's Insignia
General characteristics
Class & type: Los Angeles-class submarine
Displacement: 5,802 tons light, 6,204 tons full, 402 tons dead
Length: 110.3 m (362 ft)
Beam: 10 m (33 ft)
Draft: 9.4 m (31 ft)
Propulsion: one S6G reactor

Surfaced:20 knots (23 mph; 37 km/h)

Submerged: +20 knots (23 mph; 37 km/h) (official)
Complement: 12 officers, 98 men
Sensors and
processing systems:
BQQ-5 passive SONAR, BQS-15 detecting and ranging SONAR, WLR-8 fire control RADAR receiver, WLR-9 acoustic receiver for detection of active search SONAR and acoustic homing torpedoes, BRD-7 radio direction finder
Armament: 4 × 21 in (533 mm) bow tubes, 10 Mk48 ADCAP torpedo reloads, Tomahawk land attack missile block 3 SLCM range 1,700 nautical miles (3,100 km), Harpoon anti–surface ship missile range 70 nautical miles (130 km), mine laying Mk67 mobile Mk60 captor mines

USS Pasadena (SSN-752), a Los Angeles-class submarine, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for Pasadena, California. Pasadena provides the Fleet Commander or Task Force Commander a multi-mission platform. This vessel has unlimited endurance due to the nuclear propulsion plant, advanced sonar, torpedo, cruise missile, and mine delivery systems, a combination of speed and stealth due to quieting and the capacity to fulfill numerous missions.


The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut on 30 November 1982 and her keel was laid down on 20 December 1985. She was launched on 12 September 1987 sponsored by Mrs. Pauline Trost, and commissioned on 11 February 1989 with Commander W. Fritchman in command.

Originally assigned to Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Pasadena conducted an inter-fleet transfer in October 1990 to the Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and was homeported in San Diego, California.

In July 1991, Pasadena became the first Improved 688 Class submarine to deploy, commencing a six-month Western Pacific deployment. In June 1993, she commenced a six-month Western Pacific deployment to the Persian Gulf. While deployed, Pasadena participated in several exercises with the Royal Saudi, Omani and Australian Navies, and was the first United States SSN to conduct exercises with the Indian Navy in MALABAR Naval Exercise.[1] She also became the first nuclear-powered submarine to visit the port of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea.

In March 1995, Pasadena again deployed on a six-month Western Pacific Deployment. While deployed to the Persian Gulf she became the first nuclear-powered submarine to visit the port of Muscat, Oman; the first to operate continuously inside the Persian Gulf; and the first SSN to be assigned to Commander, U.S. Fifth Fleet. In April 1996, Pasadena changed homeports to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii where she is now assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron Seven. From June 1996 to September 1996, Pasadena underwent a Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) where she was outfitted with improved offensive and defensive weapon systems. In April 1997, Pasadena deployed to the Eastern Pacific for a four-month deployment in support of UNITAS.

In September 2011, the sub entered Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for systems upgrades and maintenance work.[2]

On Wednesday, Sept. 21 2011 Pasadena and her crew of 18 officers and 126 enlisted personnel arrived at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine. While at the Shipyard, Pasadena will complete various maintenance work and several system upgrades.


Pasadena was awarded the Submarine Squadron Seven Battle "E" Efficiency award for 1998, which recognizes commands that have attained the highest overall or departmental readiness to carry out their wartime tasks. She was awarded the Morale and Welfare Recreation (MWR) Fleet Recreation award for the entire Navy in 2001.


Pasadena’s insignia is surrounded by a mooring line border with blue background, emphasizing the nautical character of the seal. The surrounding banner carries the ship's hull number and name and bracketed by the motto. The motto, in addition to enhancing the central combative caricature, states in clear terms the readiness of today’s force to fight anywhere in the world on short notice in the national interest. The red rose ties the ship to the City of Pasadena, home of the New Year’s Day Tournament of Roses Parade, which dates back more than 100 years. The turtle pugilist ties SSN-752 to Pasadena (CL-65), a World War II light cruiser that earned six battle stars. The emblem for CL-65 was created for the cruiser by Walt Disney. Interestingly, during the sub's construction at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics in Groton, CT, the crew adopted a North American Snapping Turtle as a mascot. The creature actually road the boat into the Thames river during its launching. By the time construction was over, the turtle, named Frumpy, which originally fit into the palm of a hand, was over 18 inches long, forcing the crew to find a new home. Cal Poly in Pasadena proved a willing host. To get him to his new abode, two crew members: ET1(SS) Del Laughery, and ET1(SS) Don Hilliker, both pilots, flew the turtle in a private aircraft from Groton to Pasadena.

Popular culture

  • Pasadena is featured in the anime, Full Metal Panic!.
  • Pasadena is the center of the 1990 novel Boomer
  • Pasadena is featured in the Tom Clancy novel Executive Orders as one of several fast-attack submarines tasked to keep an eye on the hostilities growing between The People's Republic of China and The Republic of China (Taiwan); The ROC has been called Taiwan since the 1970s but is referred to as the ROC many times in the novel. Pasadena is also featured in Tom Clancy's novel Debt of Honor.


This article includes information collected from the public domain sources Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships and Naval Vessel Register.

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