USS Key West (SSN-722)

Key West at periscope depth during exercise RIMPAC 2004. US Navy photo.

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Laid Down

One of the Los Angeles-class, USS Key West (SSN-722) was laid down 6 July, 1983, and commissioned 12 September, 1987. Key West was based out of Norfolk, Virginia, until 1995, when she was transferred to Pearl Harbor. Key West operated in support of carrier battle groups through most of her career, but has been off on her own several times. In October, 2001, she launched Tomahawk strikes against Afghanistan. She has also participated in the 1998 and 2004 RIMPAC exercises. In 2012 Key West again shifted her homeport, this time to Guam. Key West has won an impressive roster of awards, including three "Battle E"s (for highest unit combat efficiency), the Arleigh Burke trophy, two Navy Unit Commendations, Armed Forces Service medal, NATO Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation Award, and won the 1992 Torpedo Shooting Competition.

Bonus Information

Fun Fact: Key West was the fourth Los Angeles-class sub to be fitted with a vertical launch system for Tomahawk cruise missiles.