USS Los Angeles Decommissions at Port of Los Angeles

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USS Los Angeles Decommissions at Port of Los Angeles


Schnepf, Ed, Sea Classics


After 33-yrs of patrolling the oceans, USS Los Angeles (SSN-688) was decommissioned in its namesake city, Los Angeles, 23 January. The ceremony was held as a part of the five-day-long Los Angeles Navy Days.

Los Angeles is the fourth Naval ship to be named after the City of Los Angeles. The submarine's crest is recognizant ofthat, bearing four dolphins representing the four ships.

President and co-founder of Navy Days Los Angeles Grant W. Ivey said, "It is sad to see the Las Angeles go, but we are looking forward continuing our ties with the Navy with the commissioning of the USS California"

During his remarks, USS Los Angeles Commanding Officer Cmdr. Steve Harrison said, "The Los Angeles is the 'first and the finest,' but her crew is her metal that makes her great."

The oldest attack sub of the 45 remaining submarines of the 62-boat class, Los Angeles received many honors, including eight Battle T awards, eight Meritorious Unit Citations, and one Navy Unit Citation.

Los Angeles was launched on 6 April 1974 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company in Newport News, Virginia, and was commissioned on 13 November 1976, as the 67th attack submarine and the 109th nuclear-powered submarine in the US. …

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