Friday, February 11, 2011

Navy Set to Celebrate Three-Decades of Service for USS Memphis (SSN 691)

The Navy will hold a decommissioning ceremony for Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Memphis (SSN 691) at Naval Submarine Base New London on Friday, April 1, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.
All current and former crew members, their families, and friends are invited to attend activities connected to this historic event. They can find out additional information and register for the event online at
Commissioned Dec. 17, 1977, Memphis became an Atlantic Fleet operational asset as part of Submarine Squadron 8 in Norfolk, Va. in 1978. Four years later, Memphis completed a “round-the-world” cruise via the Panama Canal, including operations with both the Sixth and Seventh fleets.

In January 1994, Memphis entered Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for refueling overhaul and equipment modifications providing the world’s most-advanced sonar, signal processing and fire control technology. Several modifications were performed to enhance the ship’s ability to accommodate major and multiple research and development projects. Upon completion of overhaul in July 1996, Memphis was attached to Submarine Development Squadron 12 at Naval Submarine Base New London.
Fast-attack submarines like Memphis have multi-faceted missions. They use their stealth, persistence, agility and firepower to deploy and support special force operations, disrupt and destroy an adversary’s military and economic operations at sea, provide early strike from close proximity, and ensure undersea superiority.
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