U.S. Navy oldest serving Los Angeles-class submarine arrives in Bremerton for decommissioning

November 1, 2019 by No Comments

The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Olympia (SSN 717) arriving in Bremerton, Washington, and is scheduled to start the inactivation and decommissioning course of at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, in accordance with a Navy information launch.

The vessel arrived in Bremerton after finishing its seven-month, around-the-world deployment in help of maritime safety operations.

“Olympia has accomplished her ultimate deployment after 35 years of service, circumnavigating the globe in seven months ranging from Oahu, Hawaii, transiting by the Panama Canal, Strait of Gibraltar and Suez Canal,” stated Cmdr. Benjamin Selph, Olympia’s commanding officer. “Crusing world wide in our nation’s oldest serving nuclear-powered Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine is a testomony to the sturdiness and design of the submarine, but in addition the tenacity and ‘battle on’ spirit of the crew.”

Throughout the deployment, 35 Sailors earned their submarine warfare qualification, and 29 Sailors achieved superior supervisory {qualifications}.

“We’re very completely satisfied to deliver Olympia again to Washington, in order that we will proceed to construct and foster the relationships which have been round since her commissioning,” Cmdr. Benjamin Selph stated. “The town loves the ship and the ship loves town, I’m glad we’ve such superb help as we bid this unbelievable submarine farewell.”

The submarine’s means to help a mess of missions, together with anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike warfare, surveillance, and reconnaissance, made it one of the crucial succesful submarines on this planet, in accordance with a Navy press launch.

The 35-year-old Olympia is the second ship of the Navy to be named after Olympia, Washington. She is the 29th ship of the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarines. Her keel was laid by Newport Information Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Firm on March 31, 1981. She was commissioned on November 17, 1984.

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