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(SSN 700) Holds Inactivation Ceremony After 36 Years of Service

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Old 7th December 2017, 16:35
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(SSN 700) Holds Inactivation Ceremony After 36 Years of Service

This was the SUB that was featured in The Hunt For Red October.

BANGOR, Wash. (NNS) -- The crew of the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Dallas (SSN 700) held an inactivation ceremony, Dec. 5, at Naval Kitsap-Bangor, celebrating the boat's 36 years of service.

The occasion marked the crew's final public event before the submarine is officially decommissioned in the controlled industrial area (CIA) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) in Bremerton, Washington.

"Today we celebrate the numerous accomplishments of this fine ship and the crews who sailed her, the outstanding efforts of both the crew and the shipyard over the inactivation, as well as our close association with both the great city of Bremerton and the boat's namesake, Dallas, Texas," said Dallas' Executive Officer Lt. Cmdr. Todd Bowers.

Many supporters, Dallas Navy League members, and former crew members attended the ceremony to reunite with old shipmates and bid the submarine farewell. Also in attendance was Mr. John Hayes, who represented the City of Dallas, and Texas Congressman Kenny Marchant.

"The boat and her crew, through their years of dedicated service, have lived up to the USS Dallas' motto, 'First in Harm's Way,' and I know that the crew of USS Dallas will continue to hunt for excellence throughout their lives," said Hayes. "I am honored to recognize the USS Dallas and the incredible men and women who served as her crew."

When a commissioned U.S. Navy ship is decommissioned, it is taken out of active service and the crew is reassigned to another ship or command. Inactivation is the process in which the submarine will be de-fueled, with the hull retained in safe storage until decommissioning.

"We anticipate that sometime in early April 2018, behind the layered security of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard's Controlled Industrial Area and with little fanfare, a small fraction of the crew and a handful of shipyard personnel shall observe the final striking of the commissioning pennant and hauling down of the ensign, following which Dallas will be officially decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Registry," said Cmdr. David Kaiser, Dallas' final commanding officer. "Today's ceremony is our opportunity to bring together current and former crew members and families, our adoptive families from Dallas, Texas, members of our project team, and a number of our brothers and sisters in our profession of arms to remember and to truly appreciate the sacrifices of the crew and their families. This is a chance to finally say goodbye to Dallas."

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Just read "The Secrets of the Conqueror" by Stuart Prebble. Politics aside, the skill, dedication and heroism of submariners is extrordinary.
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Just read "The Secrets of the Conqueror" by Stuart Prebble. Politics aside, the skill, dedication and heroism of submariners is extrordinary.
Will do - Thanks for the tip nav.
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