USS Cheyenne SSN-773 is
the last Los Angeles-class submarine. Her keel was
laid down on 6 July 1992 in Newport News, Virginia.
She was launched in April 1995 and commissioned in
USS Cheyenne was the first ship to launch Tomahawk
missiles in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Cheyenne would go
on to successfully launch her entire complement of
Tomahawks, earning a "clean sweep" for combat actions in
the final three months of a nine-month deployment. She
was thus dubbed "First To Strike".
USS Cheyenne was the final Los Angeles–class submarine
built by Newport News Shipyards. Following the
construction of the USS Cheyenne, Newport News began
preparation for construction of the Virginia-class
USS Cheyenne is the primary subject of the book SSN
by Tom Clancy, battling the People's Liberation Army
Navy in a fictional war over the Spratly Islands.
She is also featured in the video game by Tom Clancy
called SSN. In the technothriller novel
Quicksilver by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens,
USS Cheyenne was ordered to fire a Tomahawk TLAM Block
Four cruise missile, under manual control of Weapons
Officer Lt. Miken Marano, at the River Entrance of the
Pentagon. In To the Death by Patrick
Robinson, the Cheyenne is tasked with shadowing an
Iranian Kilo on a path through the Mediterranean Sea.