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    Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Quebec - Golf USS BOISE (SSN 764), Submarine Squadron EIGHT, Submarine Group SEVEN, Atlantic Fleet Homeported in Norfolk
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      Radio Call Sign: November - Alpha - Quebec - Golf

      USS BOISE (SSN-764), Submarine Squadron EIGHT, Submarine Group SEVEN, Atlantic Fleet

      Homeported in Norfolk Virginia

      Patrols the Atlantic

      Motto: A One Ship Fleet

      USS BOISE is one of the LOS ANGELES class attack submarines and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name of Idaho’s capital.

      General Characteristics:Awarded: February 6, 1987
      Keel Laid: August 25, 1988
      Launched: March 23, 1991
      Commissioned: November 7, 1992
      (Modernized July 2009)
      Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding Co., Newport News, Va.
      Propulsion system: one nuclear reactor
      Propellers: one
      Length: 360 feet (109.73 meters)
      Beam: 33 feet (10 meters)
      Draft: 32,15 feet (9.8 meters)
      Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 6,000 tons
      Submerged: approx. 6,900 tons
      Speed: Surfaced: approx. 15 knots
      Submerged: approx. 32 knots
      Armament: Harpoon and Tomahawk missiles from VLS-tubes, four 533 mm torpedo tubes for Mk-48 torpedoes, ability to lay mines
      Cost: approx. $900 million
      Homeport: Norfolk, VA
      Crew: 13 Officers, 116 Enlisted

      Commander, Submarine Group Seven Public Affairs Announcements

      USS Boise Welcomes New Commanding Officer
      By Kevin Copeland, Commander, Submarine Force Public Affairs
      Released: January 22, 2010

      NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764) held a change of command ceremony Jan. 22 at Naval Station Norfolk.

      Cmdr. Brian L. Sittlow relieved Cmdr. Paul S. Snodgrass as commanding officer

      Capt. Frank Cattani, commander, Submarine Squadron 8, was the principal speaker at the ceremony.

      "Cmdr. Snodgrass, under your leadership the crew of Boise has excelled in all mission areas," said Cattani. "I congratulate you and your crew on Boise's many significant accomplishments and Boise's outstanding reputation. Not many crews have had to work as hard and overcome as many obstacles. Your men have performed superbly while conducting forward-deployed operations in several theaters, and have expertly maintained their ship during complex shipyard maintenance.

      "Paul, few submarine commanders have faced and overcome the many challenges as well as you during his command of Boise. You have proven yourself to be an expert submariner with impeccable standards and exceptional competence. Also, you are one of those rare leaders who are able to take his team to the highest levels, while keeping their well-being a high priority."

      Cattani presented Snodgrass with his second Meritorious Service Medal citing his "superior leadership, demanding standards, keen prioritization, planning and persistence in directing the outstanding performance of his crew."

      "During the past 24-months our ship was away from Norfolk 319 days," said Snodgrass, who reported aboard Boise in February 2008 as the submarine's eighth commanding officer. "Boise crew, you have always made me proud. You have performed every task assigned to our ship. It was the persistent day-to-day performances by you, working together as a team with a common goal, which allowed Boise to achieve its mission.

      "Each of you performed your individual roles to the best of your ability. The sum of your individual efforts exceeded my expectations. You were always on watch, displaying a diverse set of skills, all with great enthusiasm and total dedication. You make Boise a submarine. To each of you, I thank you and your families for your sacrifice."

      In attendance were Dirk Kempthorne, former secretary of the Interior, governor of Idaho governor U.S. senator; Boise, Idaho Mayor David Bieter; and Tom Killingsworth, chairman of the USS Boise commissioning committee.

      "I would like to recognize some special guests today attending from our namesake city of Boise," said Snodgrass. "Governor Kempthorne, Mayor Bieter, and Tom, the crew and I thank you, the city of Boise, and the committee for your continued support of our ship, crew, and families."

      Snodgrass will report to the Tactical, Readiness, and Evaluation Team at Commander, Submarine Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet.

      Sittlow reports to Boise from Naval War College in Newport, R.I., where he received his Masters of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies in 2009.

      "For the crew of Boise, I am humbled and honored to be your new commanding officer," said Sittlow. "I look forward to serving and sailing with you. As I assume command today, I am forever grateful for many members of the submarine fraternity that have guided me throughout my career, providing leadership, counseling and occasional nudges along the way.

      "I want to personally thank Cmdr. Snodgrass for a great turnover and for his cherished advice. He has provided inspirational leadership and unrelenting service to Boise. I also want to thank Governor Kempthorne and Mayor Bieter for attending today, and once again for infusing the spirit of the west into this wonderful ship and crew."

      Snodgrass was grateful for his opportunity to command at sea.

      "It is a humbling experience that the U.S. Navy entrusted me to care not only for a multi-million dollar submarine, but more importantly for the well-being of some of the nation's most dedicated and hardworking Sailors," said Snodgrass. "Working with the Navy's best trained, most talented, and highly motivated Sailors is what makes the U.S. Submarine Force such a rewarding profession."

      Under Snodgrass' tenure as commanding officer, Boise was presented their third Meritorious Unit Commendation during a formal ceremony Jan. 8. The crew was recognized for exceeding operational requirements during a 2008 deployment in the European Command Area of Operations, conducting four highly successful allied naval exercises with the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Spain.

      Boise is the second U.S. Navy ship to bear the name of Idaho's capital city. Built by Newport News Shipbuilding and General Dynamics Electric Boat Division, Boise was commissioned Nov. 7, 1992. The 360-foot ship has a crew compliment of 13 officers and 121 enlisted Sailors. 
      Cmdr. Brian L. Sittlow, USN, Commanding Officer

      Cmdr Sittlow, orginally from Roberts, WI, granuated from the United States Naval Academy in 1993, earning a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering. His first sea assignment was on USS Archerfish (SSN 678), home ported in Groton, Ct., where he served in various division officer positions and completed two Mediterranean deployments and an Arctic Ocean deployment. He was then assigned to Submarine NR-1 from 1997 to 1999, serving as Operations Officer for several military and civilian sponsered missions, including a North Atlantic deployment. His department head tour was on USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) Blue, home ported in Bangor, Wa., where he completed five strategic deterrent patrols as Navigator.

      Cmdr Sittlow was the first American to complete the Norweigian Submarine Command "Perisher" Course in 2004, prior to being assigned to COMSUBDEVROM Twelve as the Squadron Operations Officer.

      In 2007, Cmdr Sittlow became the Executive Officer onboard USS Virginia (SSN 774) completing first-of-class operational and technical evaluations during his tour. He was then assigned to the Naval Was College in Newport, RI., earning a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies in 2009.

      Cmdr Sittlow has been awarded a variety of decorations, but is most proud of the unit awards that the submarines he has served on have earned during deployed operations.


      USS Boise Awarded Meritorious Unit Commendation
      By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Danna M. Morris, Commander, Submarine Force Public affairs
      Released: January 15, 2010

      NORFOLK, Va (NNS) -- The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764) was presented the Meritorious Unit Commendation for the boat's continued operational success.

      The award highlighted Boise's success in exceeding operational requirements during a 2008 deployment in the European Command area of operations, conducting four highly successful allied naval exercises with the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Spain.

      During the deployment, Boise was a key contributor to the Global Maritime Awareness Force that maintained a common operational picture in support of efforts against illegal fishing, human smuggling and narcotics activities.

      Commander, Submarine Squadron 8 Capt. Frank Cattani presented the award to Boise Commanding Officer Cmdr. Paul Snodgrass and the boat's crew.

      "Today means that you were ready and willing to meet the challenges of your missions, and that you executed them very well," said Cattani. "The significance of this award presentation is that senior Navy leadership recognizes those sacrifices and achievements. You proved that of all the successful deployers, you were among the most successful. And while I am very proud of the men of Boise, I am also envious of the enormous challenges in your future. Congratulations!"

      In addition to participation in the multinational exercises, Boise Sailors sustained reconnaissance efforts, enabling decision makers to carry out effective foreign policies and conducted independent operations in the North Atlantic.

      "Without a doubt, I am most pleased that our crew was able to demonstrate a full spectrum of capabilities and versatility in several different environments," said Snodgrass. "This is a testament to the their ability to adapt to change, and my department heads' and chief's quarter's ability to communicate the mission and translate guidance into action. The award also reflects the crew's enduring positive attitude, and their willingness to do that one extra thing necessary to achieve success."

      Boise has been awarded three Meritorious Unit Commendations since the submarine's commissioning in 1992, receiving the honor in 1995 and 1998.
      USS Boise Modernized and Delivered Back to the Fleet in August 2009  

      From Norfolk Naval Shipyard Public Affairs

      PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- USS Boise (SSN 764) undocked five days earlier than scheduled on July 16, 2009 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) during the largest modernization package to date on a Los Angeles-class submarine.

      Boise is currently undergoing a five-month drydocking selected restricted availability (DSRA) at NNSY, a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).

      "Undocking Boise five days early is a big step towards improving our performance on Los Angeles-class submarines, and validates our efforts in this area of our business," said Buddy Bennett, NNSY submarine program manager. The project team's ability to plan and execute this size package is a tribute to the dedication and hard work of all involved."

      The Boise availability is the latest in a string of successful submarine projects at NNSY using the "Back to Basics" approach. "Back to Basics," one of the key focus areas of NAVSEA Commander Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy, is about eliminating bottlenecks and optimizing the workday to improve shipyard processes with the goal of completing quality availabilities, on time and on cost.

      Boise team leaders integrated Norfolk Naval Shipyard personnel, ship's force, alteration installation teams and a Portsmouth Naval Shipyard team brought in to replace the submarine battery.

      "While the high number of alterations and many different groups working together could have proved challenging, on this project it was flawless," said Bennett.

      "After undocking five days early, now we're working to a very aggressive end game to deliver the boat back to the fleet early in August," said Boise Project Superintendent, Billy Cox.

      NNSY is one of four public shipyards that play a major role in maintaining America's fleet and providing wartime surge capability to keep the nation's ships ready for combat.

      For more news from Naval Sea Systems Command, visit

      From: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NLUS-Idaho/links

      USS BOISE (SSN-764)
      Official Navy website for the submarine. Information on the commanding officer Cdr. Brian L. Sittlow and the boat. She serves on patrol in the Atlantic as a unit of Submarine Squadron EIGHT. Also information on the former cruiser USS BOISE (CL- 54).

      USS BOISE (SSN-764) (Unofficial Website)
      Archived photographs with captions. Technical information about the submarine.

      USS BOISE (SSN-764) (Unofficial Website)
      USS BOISE is one of the LOS ANGELES class attack submarines and the second ship in the Navy to bear the name of Idaho’s capital. This website has a photo, the characteristics, armaments, and other information on the submarine. Of note is the relatively short list of veteran crew members.

      USS BOISE (SSN-764) (Wikipedia)
      Wikipedia - concise but detailed information on the submarine.

      USS BOISE (SSN-764) 1998 Mediterranean Deployment
      On 1 June, USS BOISE (SSN-764) completed a six month multi-mission, multi-theater deployment that demonstrated how the nuclear attack submarine’s mobility, flexibility, and stealth will be vital to U.S. Navy forward presence and warfighting.. This is Commanding Officer Steve Ross's account of the mission along with photographs.

      USS BOISE (SSN-764) Facebook
      A Facebook page for former officers and crewmembers. Picture of the submarine on the surface. 194 members


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