The US Navy has decommissioned its Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) during a ceremony held at Keyport Undersea Museum, Washington.
The Los Angeles-class submarine was commissioned on 21 May 1983, and has served the navy for 33 years. It was the second ship of the US Navy to be named for Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Albuquerque has been deployed 21 times across the world and accumulated nearly 1.1 million nautical miles, which is equivalent to 52 global circumnavigations.
The submarine has performed 1,075 successful dives, participated in more than 18 major international naval exercises and made port calls in over 35 different foreign ports worldwide.
Submarine Group 9 commander rear admiral John Tammen said: “Having been homeported on both coasts, she is one of the few warships in history to have deployed to every ocean in support of every operational command worldwide.
“Most importantly however, she has forever earned a place in the hearts of those who have called the Albuquerque 'home' the last 34 years.”
The US Navy vessel arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) in Bremerton, Washington for inactivation and decommissioning on 28 October 2015.
Tammen added: “As we decommission the aging Los Angeles-class boats, we make room for newer, more advanced submarines.
“We strive to continue the tradition of undersea dominance, a tradition the Albuquerque has for so long been a part of, by continuing to push the envelope and equipping our sailors with the very best technology and equipment.”
The keel for the USS Albuquerque was laid by the Electric Boat division of General Dynamics in 27 December 1979, and the vessel was first launched on 13 March 1982.
Image: Rear admiral John Tammen during decommissioning ceremony of USS Albuquerque (SSN 706). Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda R. Gray / Released.