U.S.S. Birmingham SSN 695 Commissioned Dec. 16, 1978
Built by Northrop Grumman Newport News

The Birmingham was inactivated as of MARCH 27, 1997

This site was created on: February 1996. Site updated 7/10/2014


Facebook Group USS Birmingham:

Since Facebook is so popular I have created a Facebook Group site for our shipmates. You will need to join this group because it's restricted. Only members can see post and make post. I hope we generate interest like the Yahoo site did. Again we also have the forum listed below but no one is using it. So now we two choices. lets see what works.

New Forum Site of the USS Birmingham:

The link will take you to the new forum site since the Yahoo Group site is dead. Thanks to William Richardson for creating this for us.


USS BIRMINGHAM SSN-695

LENGTH : 362 FEET
BEAM : 33 FEET
DISPLACEMENT : 6,900 TONS (SUBMERGED)
SPEED (MAX) : 25+ KNOTS
DEPTH (MAX) : 800+ FEET
ARMAMENT : FOUR TORPEDO TUBES
Torpedo Room complement of:
  • ADCAP and MK 48 Torpedoes
  • Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles
  • Harpoon Anti-Ship Missles
  • BUILDER : , Virginia
    KEEL LAID : April 26, 1975
    LAUNCHED : October 29, 1977
    SPONSOR : Mrs. Maryon P. Allen
    COMMISSIONED : December 16, 1978
    COMPLEMENT : 14 Officers and 127 Enlisted
    INACTIVATED : March 27, 1997
    DECOMMISSIONED : December 22, 1997
    STRICKEN : December 23, 1997


    Birmingham had earned three Meritorious Unit Commendations, a Navy Unit Commendation, three Battle "E"s, an Engineering "E", two supply "E"s, a Communication "C", a Damage control "DC", and an Anti-Submarine Warfare "A"


    Let us remember in our prayers our departed shipmate DK Walters and Tom Pashko. If anyone knows of another shipmate who has passed and not listed please email me.


    New York Mini Reunion June 21 2003.


    What's New. THE FIRST MED CRUISEand The Commissioning book.


    I do not have the plankowner plaque that was hanging in crews mess. That was suppose to go with the last plankowner who left the Birmingham. I was told that Hap Clark was the last Plankowner to leave B'ham.

    I did get the Torpedomens Div. plankowner plaque since I wasthe last TM plankowner to leave. I understand that all divisions had a plaque made by the shipyard workers mine is brass and not real fancy, looks like it was engraved with a nail. It should have the names of the guys in that div.

    DIVEDIVE Sound file in WAV format!



    The Emergency Blow.

    The captains (Paul Callahan) explanation of the blow.


    Index of this web site!

    USS Birmingham Info/History. The Birmingham commissioning crew info and history from the commissioning book.
    USS Birmingham Crew News. News about the boat emailed to me over the years.
    Captains of the Birmingham. A list of the captains of the Birmingham and their pictures, if available. By the way I haven't kept up with any updates to this. So if you have them email me please.
    Birmingham Status News This is a page from the old web site Rick Penza created from information provided by crew-mates about the status of the Birmingham in the last couple of years or her life.
    Shipmate Stuff!! Various Pic's and info about the Birmingham's recent history.
    Sea stories. Sea stories, poems and memories of the crew members.
    JOKES!!. Jokes sent in by crew members.
    Inactivation Feedback. These are email reports back to me on the inactivation in Pearl Harbor.
    Inactivation Pictures. Pictures taken by Bill Rath of the inactivation.
    The inactivation and official pics. This is a reconfigured page of the one ComSubPac had up. I put it up here so we wont lose the photos and story when they take it off there site.

    Other Navy or Submarine Web Sites:

    USS Seadragon
    SSN 584
    The first Submarine I served on and earned my dolphins. It made the historic transit of the fabled Northwest Passage on 21 August 1960.
    Navy Submarine Base by Ron Martini's. The ultimate submarine web site, a must visit site. With a bulletin board.
    US Navy Online. The web site for the US Navy.
    U.S. SUBMARINES, INC. A company engaged in the design, engineering and construction of submarines and manned submersibles for commercial applications, marine science research, tourism and personal luxury use.
    Veterans Admin. Department of Veterans Affairs.
    Northrop Grumman Newport News It was known back in the day as Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. The place Birmingham was born. Good site by the way. Good info on the Yorktown also.
    The Submarine League. Members are those individuals who want to keep alive the submarine past, help with present submarine problems and be influential in guiding the future of submarines in the U.S. Navy.
    WWW I U-Boats. A web site about World War One U-Boats.
    SUBMARINESAILOR.COM Check this out, a listing of all Submarines and Crew.
    Veterans Center for Life Stories Preservation. A site that is collecting veterans stories to preserve them.

    The Birmingham domain web site name www.ssn695.org has been paid for by the generous donation of my ex boss Jon Herrell.

    Thank you so much for the funds you donated to maintain the domain name for the next 9 years.

    You will now always be able to find info about the USS Birmingham by looking on the internet for www.ssn695.org.

    I am Charlie Kutterer ex TM2(ss), and plankowner of the Birmingham, present web site manager.


    Please email me any updates. Chaz Email address: