Build a monument in Steele Indian School Park in downtown Phoenix which commemorates the role of the nuclear-powered, attack submarine USS Phoenix (SSN-702) in helping win the Cold War.
What We’re Going to Create
Using the salvaged parts of the USS Phoenix as the centerpiece, create an inspirational, educational, functional monument which highlights the relationship between the U.S. Navy’s attack submarine force and the ending of the Cold War.
Why We’re Doing it
To recognize, memorialize and express appreciation to those submarine sailors, Cold War veterans and submarine builders for their great military service and sacrifices during the period 1946-1991.
The USS Phoenix (SSN-702) was built by the General Dynamics Electric Boat Division and launched in December, 1979 in Groton, CT. It was the 15th of 62 nuclear-powered Los Angeles class fast attack submarines built between 1976 and 1996, all of them specifically designed to counter the very large Soviet Union submarine fleet developed during the Cold War. Following its sea trials, the USS Phoenix remained on active duty from 1981 to 1997, patrolling the North Atlantic areas and conducting operations on the U.S. East Coast and in the Mediterranean.
The USS Phoenix was decommissioned early in 1997, and in 1998 it was placed in waterborne storage at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, where it sat for 18 years, one year longer than its active duty period. During that time, some dedicated, volunteer Phoenix citizens commenced planning to salvage some of its parts and place them in a downtown Phoenix park as the centerpiece of a Cold War monument.
The Monument Plan
From 1998 to 2008 these volunteer citizens lobbied the City of Phoenix for a suitable spot to place the submarine’s parts, and in 2008 the City granted a site in Steele Indian School Park for the monument. Over the next ten years, a design was created and approved by the City, the Navy cut the boat up, and 65 tons of parts were trucked from WA to AZ where they sit in temp storage awaiting final placement in the park. In 2019 an official fund-raising effort was commenced for planning, building and operating the monument, a process that is currently ongoing. It is hoped that construction can start no later than 2021.
Please Support Our Monument!
Please help us raise the large amount of money needed to start construction. We’re counting on donors like you to help make this monument happen!