Newport News Shipbuilding Delivers Attack Submarine Buffalo (SSN-715)
The country's newest attack submarine, the Buffalo (SSN-715), was delivered to the U.S. Navy recently by Newport News Shipbuilding. Her keel was laid January 25, 1980 and she was launched May 8, 1982. She was christened by Mrs. Joanne Kemp, wife of New York Congressman Jack Kemp, who was principal speaker at the launching.
The Buffalo is the 34th submarine and the 10th of the Los Angeles- class attack sub built by Newport News. She has an overall length of 360 feet, beam of 33 feet, submerged displacement of 6,900 tons, and accommodations for 12 officers and 115 enlisted men. The ship was commissioned during recent ceremonies at the Norfolk Naval Station in Virginia.
Newport News Shipbuilding delivered the lead ship of the class, USS Los Angeles, in 1976. The shipyard is currently building seven other ships of the class and three Nimitz class aircraft carriers for the Navy.
The new submarine is the third Navy vessel to bear the name Buffalo. During the War of 1812, the first Buffalo was a three-gun sloop that served as the flagship for the Delaware flotilla. The second Buffalo was built as a cargo carrier at Newport News Shipbuilding in 1892. She was converted to an auxiliary cruiser when acquired and renamed by the Navy in 1898. In 1944 the keel was laid in New York for the cruiser Buffalo, but construction was canceled at the end of World War II.
A subsidiary of Tenneco Inc., Newport News Shipbuilding is the country's largest privately owned shipyard, with about 25,000 employees. In 1982 the yard's sales totaled $1.3 billion.