U.S. Navy’s Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Scranton (SSN 757) arrived at Naval Base Point Loma (NBPL) in her new homeport of San Diego, November 21.
Scranton arrived after completing extensive maintenance at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNS) in Kittery, Maine, and three months of operations at sea.
Scranton arrived in Kittery in 2014 to conduct a two-year engineering overhaul after leaving her previous homeport of Norfolk. During this period, Scranton received upgrades to major systems, including its fire control and sonar systems.
In August, following the maintenance period, Scranton conducted sea trials to verify all maintenance completed was safe for use and conducted acoustic trials to assess the quality of her sonar systems. After certifying all the systems, Scranton transited through the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, and along the west coast to her new home in San Diego.
“The amount my sailors accomplished in the last three months is pretty incredible,” said Cmdr. Ronald Warner, commanding officer of Scranton. “We went from a crew that hadn’t been to sea in over two years to a well operating team. We have at least three dozen Sailors that are wearing the submarine warfare insignia, or ‘dolphins,’ that weren’t wearing dolphins before.”
Named after the city of Scranton, Pennsylvania, located in the Lackawanna River Valley, Scranton was commissioned Jan. 26, 1991, and was built by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company.