USS Albuquerque arrives at Puget Sound for decommissioning
The USS Albuquerque completed its final trip Wednesday when it pulled into Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, where all decommissioned nuclear vessels go to die.
During the fast attack submarine’s 32-year career, it deployed 19 times, cruised more than 500,000 miles and visited nearly 20 countries. In 1999 it fired 10 Tomahawk missiles at targets in Serb-controlled Yugoslavia to earn the nickname “Sure Shooter.”
USS Albuquerque (SSN-706) has been in service since 1983. Looks like there are eight Flight I Los Angeles-class boats still in service. Flight I 688s do not have the vertical launch system (VLS) for Tomahawk missiles and must launch missiles via torpedo tubes.
Next to retire will be USS Buffalo (SSN-715) and USS Dallas (SSN-700) in FY 2017. The Dallas featured prominently in the book ‘The Hunt for Red October’ by Tom Clancy.