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Commander, Submarine Group Two


 
 
GROTON, Conn. (July 9, 2010) - A tug boat escorts Los Angeles class attack submarine
USS Philadelphia (SSN 690) down the Thames River as she departs from her homeport
at Naval Submarine Base New London for a final time. Philadelphia, which held a
decommissioning ceremony June 25, heads to Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth,
Va, where she will be dismantled and officially taken out of service.
USS Philadelphia Departs Homeport for Final Time
Submarine Sails to Shipyard to Complete Decommissioning Process

GROTON, Conn. Los Angeles class attack submarine USS Philadelphia (SSN 690) left her homeport at Naval Submarine Base New London for a final time today to complete the process of being retired from the U.S. Navy fleet.

Philadelphia next heads to Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Va, where she will be dismantled. Once Philadelphia’s power plant is defueled, the submarine is officially decommissioned and remaining crew is released for other assignments.

A decommissioning ceremony was held aboard the submarine in Groton June 25, the 33rd anniversary of its commissioning.

The sixth ship to bear the name, Philadelphia completed her final deployment Feb. 3, after a mission to the U.S. European (EUCOM) and U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) areas of responsibility (AOR).

Philadelphia’s final Commanding Officer is Cmdr. Dave Soldow, who relieved Cmdr. John Spencer in a change of command ceremony on April 23.

The contract to build Philadelphia, the third submarine in the Los Angeles class, was awarded Jan. 8, 1971 and her keel was laid on Aug. 12, 1972. She was later commissioned on June 25, 1977 with Cmdr. Robert B. Osborne in command.

Norfolk Naval Shipyard is one of the largest shipyards in the world, specializing in repairing, overhauling and modernizing ships and submarines. It is the oldest and largest industrial facility that belongs to the U.S. Navy, and it is also the most multifaceted.

- USN -

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