Commander, Submarine Group Two


USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) Sails Out of the Shipyard

KITTERY, Maine - Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) departed from Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) Nov. 14 after completing an Engineered Overhaul.

Oklahoma City arrived at PNSY for the maintenance in September 2008. PNSY, a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command, provides the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet with quality overhaul work in a safe, timely and affordable manner. This includes a full spectrum of in-house support-from engineering services and production shops, to unique capabilities and facilities, to off-site support-all of which serves the multifaceted assortment of fleet requirements.

Last month, Ship's Force and PNSY personnel gathered in Tirante Tavern to mark the completion overhaul with a deplaquing ceremony sponsored by the Naval Civilian Managers Association.

At the ceremony, Shipyard Commander Capt. Bryant Fuller thanked Project Superintendent Mark Evans and Oklahoma City's Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Aaron Thieme, and his crew for their outstanding working relationship.

Evans commended the project team and Oklahoma City for their ability to adapt to the challenge of the forward alterations that were added late in the ship's availability.  Cmdr. Thieme also thanked the shipyard and presented ship mementos to members of the project team.

The ceremony concluded with Scott Myers, Mayor of Oklahoma City's host community of Dover, NH, Capt. Fuller, Cmdr. Thieme and Mark Evans removing the ship's plaque, symbolically completing Oklahoma City's availability.

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** Note: Click the thumbnail images to view and download hi-resolution photos of Oklahoma City's departure from PNSY on Nov. 14. Photos are courtesy of Jennifer Tubman**