Nuclear-Powered Sub 'Houston' Launched At Newport News Yard

Vice President George Bush (shown above) and his wife Barbara were the featured guests at the recent launching of the nuclear- powered submarine Houston (SSN-713) at Newport News Shipbuilding. Vice President Bush was the principal speaker, and Mrs. Bush christened the Houston by breaking the traditional bottle of champagne against the ship's bow. The Bushes are Houstonians.

Secretary of the Navy John F.

Lehman Jr. also spoke. Mrs. Mary Ann Bertles Stewart, wife of Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, was the matron of honor.

The keel for the Houston was laid on January 29, 1979, and the submarine is scheduled for delivery in mid-1982. The ship is the 82nd nuclear-powered submarine launched by Newport News.

The Houston is the eighth Los Angeles class submarine built by Newport News. She has an overall length of 360 feet, a beam of 33 feet, a submerged displacement of 6,900 tons, and accommodations for 12 officers and 115 enlisted men. A total of 37 Los Angeles class ships are currently authorized by Congress; 33 contracts have been awarded, and 11 ships have been delivered.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 39,  May 15, 1981

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