USS SANTA FE Aboard sub, city’s influence extends to mid-Pacific

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Posted: Sunday, March 17, 2013 10:00 pm | Updated: 12:20 am, Mon Mar 18, 2013.

There is a piece of Santa Fe docked at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, whether Santa Feans know it or not.

It’s not exactly a small piece, either. It’s a 361-foot long behemoth of a Navy nuclear submarine, originally commissioned in 1942, that holds a 120-person crew and proudly boasts the name USS Santa Fe. This week, the ship’s commanding officer, Timothy Poe, and chief, Juan Gonzales, will make their first trip to Santa Fe to build a relationship between the city and its namesake vessel — a relationship that has been almost nonexistent until now.

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  • Honey posted at 3:28 pm on Sun, May 26, 2013.

    Honey Posts: 1

    My son Is one of the visiting crew members from The USS Santa Fe, and is having a great time. He grew up in Los Angeles, and thought we had great food here. He loves his spicy foods!!! :) He is 1/4 Native American and enjoying all of the culture Santa Fe has to offer.
    Thank you for treating him well during his visit. I know he is enjoying himself.
    Thank you from the bottom of a worried Military Mom's heart! Santa Fe is treating him well!!!

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:36 am on Tue, Mar 19, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1640

    I hope Captain Poe and Chief Gonzales enjoy their visit to Santa Fe.

    The Navy used to name submarines after species of fish, but then someone in congressional appropriations figured out that fish don't vote.

  • Khal Spencer posted at 5:26 pm on Mon, Mar 18, 2013.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 401

    The original USS Santa Fe has an amazing history in the Pacific Theatre. I hope folks who visit the current SSN also read up on its previous namesake.


  • CPJetski posted at 4:03 pm on Mon, Mar 18, 2013.

    CPJetski Posts: 1

    Let's not forget the USS New Mexico (SSN-779) and it would be nice if more Americans would recognize the difficult and often thankless job our submariners face and also that a great deal of the development of nuclear science happens here in New Mexico.

    Khal, thanks for pointing out that there was more then one USS SanteFe

    For the USS New Mexico:


    The enemies of the US should never forget that our silent service often lurk, nearby undetected and ready to strike if they attack unprovoked.

    A special message to our "friends" in North Korea. Just keep making threats. Our subs are ready to play when you are and it's doubtful that we will miss.

  • Larry Staeden posted at 2:46 pm on Mon, Mar 18, 2013.

    Larry Staeden Posts: 4

    Very interesting post Khal,
    No doubt the visiting crew members of this ship will always remember their visit to New Mexico. I made a visit to Lander, Wy during my days aboard the USS Ranger for their annual rodeo and have many fond memories of that visit.
    It would be nice to know that perhaps today it may be possible for a young
    native Santa Fean to volunteer to serve aboard this ship bearing our
    State Capitol's name.

  • henry griswold posted at 10:47 am on Mon, Mar 18, 2013.

    henry griswold Posts: 213

    there is also a bell & some other memorabilia (?) in the main lobby of city hall from the ship

  • Khal Spencer posted at 8:56 pm on Sun, Mar 17, 2013.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 401

    The WW II version of the USS Santa Fe was a completely different vessel, a Cleveland class light cruiser (CL-60). It was custom in the USN to name cruisers after cities during that period. That is a completely different ship, not to mention a surface warrior rather than a sub, than the Los Angeles class attack sub USS Santa Fe commissioned in 1994. SSN 763 was emphatically not originally commissioned in 1942. The first nuclear submarine in the US Navy was the USS Nautilus, SSN 571, which was commissioned in 1954. Thanks.
    light cruiser http://usssantafe.net/

    attack sub http://www.csp.navy.mil/subssquadrons/santafe/santafe_homepage.shtml


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