NORTHWEST TERRITORIAL MINT
USN USS Hampton SSN-767 Coin
The USS Hampton (SSN-767), a Los Angeles-class submarine, was the fourth ship of the United States Navy to bear this name. The earlier Hamptons were given their names for varying reasons, but SSN-767 was specificially named for four cities: Hampton, Virginia; Hampton, Iowa; Hampton, South Carolina; and Hampton, New Hampshire. There are 14 more "Hampton" towns in the United States.
The Hampton was built by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia beginning in 1990. She was launched on 3 April 1992, with Commander David Antanitus in command. In late April 2004 Hampton along with HMS Tireless (S88) surfaced through the ice together at the North Pole.
In February 2007, Hampton left Norfolk, Virginina for a seven month Western Pacific (WESTPAC) deployment. She traveled through the Panama Canal and arrived in Yokosuka, Japan. She completed two missions of national importance, and participated in two major, multinational naval exercises. She made port visits in Apra Harbor, Guam, White Beach, Okinawa, and Brisbane, Australia, as well as a brief stop in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, before arriving in San Diego, CA, earning the Navy Expeditionary Medal during this time.
On September 17 2007, the Hampton's homeport was changed from Norfolk to San Diego, in a change from the Atlantic Fleet to the Pacific Fleet.
This coin honors and salutes the USS Hampton, and is dedicated to all who have served aboard her. This coin is minted in a brass alloy and given an antique finish, then embued in the bold colors of the seal of USS Hampton. The reverse has an engraving plate suitable for engraving a personal message.