USS Albuquerque Arrives in Bremerton for Inactivation
USS Albuquerque Arrives in Bremerton for
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda R.
Gray, Commander, Submarine Group Nine Public Affairs.
Bremerton, Washington — (NNS)
— October 29, 2015 — The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) arrived
at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility to
commence the inactivation and decommissioning process, Oct. 28.
An inactivation ceremony was held in San Diego to honor the boat's 32 years of
service, Oct. 16. During the ship's life, Albuquerque deployed 19 times, visited
more than 20 countries, and steamed more than 500,000 miles.
After an inactivation ceremony, the USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) departs San Diego for the final
"The ship's success is directly attributable to a cohesive crew that, through
the years, has maintained a 'can-do' attitude," said Cmdr. Don Tenney,
Albuquerque's commanding officer. "I am exceptionally proud of the crew who just
completed a six month WESTPAC deployment and immediately turned to the business
of moving the ship and their families to Bremerton, and started preparing the
ship for decommissioning."
Albuquerque completed its final six-month deployment, Aug. 21, which was
followed by a change of command where Tenney relieved Cmdr. Trent Hesslink.
"USS Albuquerque has a rich history that includes highly successful missions in
both war and peace," Tenney added. "She is known as the 'Sure Shooter' of the
fleet because of her 100% success rate on Tomahawk missions during the Kosovo
conflict in 1999."
During the inactivation process, the submarine will be de-fueled, with the hull
retained in safe storage until decommissioning. Albuquerque is scheduled to
decommission in 2016.
"We view the decommissioning as our next mission, and are determined to execute
it with the precision and thoroughness that are the hallmarks of the submarine
force," the commander said. "We understand that our success here is critical, so
we can make our highly-trained Sailors available to newer ships in the fleet."
Albuquerque was second ship of the United States Navy to be named for
Albuquerque, N.M. The keel was laid by the Electric Boat Division of General
Dynamics in Groton, Conn., December 27, 1979. The boat was launched March 13,
1982, and commissioned May 21, 1983.
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