US Navy decommissions USS Dallas submarine after 38 years of service

10 April 2018 (Last Updated April 10th, 2018 12:48)

The US Navy has decommissioned the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Dallas (SSN 700) during a ceremony held in the controlled industrial area (CIA) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) Bremerton.

US Navy decommissions USS Dallas submarine after 38 years of service
The final crew of the USS Dallas stands at parade rest as the ship is decommissioned. Credit: US Navy by lieutenant commander Michael L Smith.

The US Navy has decommissioned the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Dallas (SSN 700) during a ceremony held in the controlled industrial area (CIA) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) Bremerton.

The navy vessel’s decommissioning was carried out by a team led by the Puget shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance facility.

USS Dallas final commanding officer commander David Kaiser said: “Professional warfighters come together with a huge organisation of exceptional technical expertise and capabilities to shut down, dismantle and render safe all the systems and equipment, which gave that vessel its lethality.

"The approximately 360ft-long, Los Angeles-class submarine carried out several missions to ensure national security during its 38 years of naval service."

“We built a critical, questioning, proactive team that has met or exceeded all expectations.”

The approximately 360ft-long, Los Angeles-class submarine carried out several missions to ensure national security during its 38 years of naval service.

It was deployed a total of 14 times and steamed over one million miles, visiting more than 30 nations worldwide.

SSN 700 completed its most recent deployment on 22 November 2016.

It is the second US Navy vessel to be named after the city of Dallas in Texas.

The submarine’s final, extended, seven-month deployment to the US 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Operation saw the vessel sail 37,000 nautical miles (nm), while making port calls to Brest, France; Al Hidd, Bahrain; and Duqm, Oman.

General Dynamics Electric Boat division, based in Groton, Connecticut, originally laid the keel of the USS Dallas on 9 October 1976.

The submarine was launched on 28 April 1979 before being commissioned with the US Navy on 18 July 1981.

USS Dallas featured a displacement of more than 6,900t and an accommodation capacity of approximately 140 sailors.

The vessel was capable of supporting a wide range of missions such as anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike warfare, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).