NORTHWEST TERRITORIAL MINT
USN USS Norfolk SSN-714 Coin
USS Norfolk (SSN-714), a Los Angeles-class submarine, was the third ship of the United States Navy to be named for Norfolk, Virginia. Her keel was laid down on 1 August 1979 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company. She was launched on 31 October 1981 and commissioned on 21 May 1983, with Commander Kenneth R. Karr in command (Commander Karr was promoted to the Pentagon later that year and retired from the NPEB as a Captain in 1988).
The ship made an active deployment during one of the final spurts of activity from the declining Soviet navy. Commander Ponessa was succeeded by Commander Harrop in 1989. On January 17th, 1989, Norfolk was involved in a collision with USS San Diego (T-AFS-6) off Cape Charles Light, VA as both vessels were headed to sea. There were no injuries, and neither ship suffered significant structural damage. As a result of this collision, COMSUBLANT issued orders limiting submarine speed and passing activities while in the restricted waters of the Hampton Roads channels.
The Norfolk was at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine between 2001 and 2003. This shipyard period was known as a Depot Modernization Period (DMP).
The Norfolk had nearly 300 captain's masts in a single year with a crew of only 150 men, while most ships of this size have only 7 or 8 per year.
This coin salutes the USS Norfolk (SSN-714) and all who have served onboard. Minted in a brass alloy, this coin is given an antique finish and embued with enamel in the bold colors of the USS Norfolk insignia. The reverse has space available for engraving a name and rank or other personal message. It comes packaged in a polybag with a detailed header card.