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 on Aug. 28. During the ship’s life, Albuquerque deployed 19 times, visited over 20 countries and steamed over 500,000 miles.
Albuquerque completed its final six-month deployment Aug. 21, which was followed by a change of command where Tenney relieved Cmdr. Trent Hesslink.
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.
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