Ceremony Marks Ship’s Completion
KITTERY, Maine - In a time-honored tradition, Ship’s Force and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard personnel gathered in Tirante Tavern to mark the completion of Los Angeles class attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) 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.