View Full Version : Departing Los Angeles class

04-17-2007, 03:22 PM
Caught a departing Los Angeles class submarine this morning. My guess is it's either the USS Alexandria or Toledo. Stupid me should have asked the guy standing next to me - he was the father of the CO. :doh


04-17-2007, 03:25 PM
50 men dive, 25 couples surface. :D

Cool photo Tom!

04-17-2007, 03:56 PM
50 men dive, 25 couples surface. :D

Cool photo Tom!

ROFLMAO!!! I gotta remember that one, My Father in Law was a Submariner!!!

04-17-2007, 03:57 PM
Oh yeah, great capture Tom, how'd ya get so close with a camera?

04-17-2007, 04:17 PM
great find, is that the only shot?

04-17-2007, 04:24 PM
Thanks everyone!

Oh yeah, great capture Tom, how'd ya get so close with a camera?
200mm :D Seriously, I was in a restaurant parking lot just south of the drawbridge as they were going by. The Thames is only about 300 yards wide at that point, so it was within reach of the 70-200mm

great find, is that the only shot?
They're kinda commonplace around here, with the sub base to the north, and the Electric Boat shipyard, where they build 'em, to the south. I'd guess they're coming and going about 2-3 times a month.

A few more shots are here:



04-17-2007, 05:08 PM
Very cool... surprised they arent more sensitive to pictures being taken... I know they have a fit (speculative rumors I have heard) when you shoot a military train...

04-17-2007, 05:19 PM
Wow, that is pretty awesome. So this isn't a ballistic missile sub, but more of a tactical killing machine? From the wiki I did on it, looks like its got 4 torpedo tubes and 12 vertical launch tubes for tomahawk missiles, that can't be reloaded easily at sea. Subs are so "spooky" to look at.

04-17-2007, 05:30 PM
More info on LA class subs...


They were actually designed to be carrier escorts with strong anti-sub warfare capabilities.

04-17-2007, 06:56 PM
Yeah LA class subs are a fast attack sub...my Dad spent many a year aboard those things.

Great capture Tom! I am was little when I lived there but these bring back memories of watching my Dad go out and come home.

04-17-2007, 09:15 PM
Very cool, Tom. It looks to me like one of the guys is looking at you with binoculars?

04-17-2007, 09:16 PM
Thanks Guys!

I've never had a problem shooting subs in the Thames (now that I've said that, I can hear the phone ringing... :rolleyes:). The only thing I make sure of is I don't aim the camera towards either the Sub Base or Electric Boat - both of which have huuuuge "NO PHOTOGRAPHY" signs. If I remember correctly, the lower base, where the docks are - and coincidentially where the P&W main runs, have the "USE OF DEADLY FORCE AUTHORIZED" signs hanging, but it's been a while since I've been on base (my dad was in the Army, so we used to go to the NEX and Commisary quite often). I just stick to publicly accessable property, and shoot away. And I've shot military trains, including extras to EB, before without issue either. Some folks get a little bent when you post details of the movements right away, but it's not like it's a secret midnight move either. It's pretty much announced over the scanner "DOD-X is cleared through New London station" or some such wording...


Only attack subs are based in Groton. I know of Los Angeles, Virginia and Seawolf class subs that are based here, and I think there's a couple older Sturgeon class subs, and one research sub based here also. In fact, here's the Navy's site listing the subs stationed in Groton:


Publicially available info, BTW.

If you look at the picture carefully - and you really can't see it that clearly in the web version, maybe I'll do a crop of it - the sailor on the top of the sail, right next to the periscope is looking in my direction with binoculars. I don't think it was because of my camera, but rather the CO's parents standing next to me. But I could be wrong... ;) :D

04-17-2007, 09:18 PM
Very cool, Tom. It looks to me like one of the guys is looking at you with binoculars?

Heh...I guess we posted at about the same time. See above... :D