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USS Houston leaves Pearl Harbor for decommissioning

  • COURTESY U.S. NAVY The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Houston.

The 33-year-old nuclear attack submarine USS Houston left Pearl Harbor this week for the state of Washington where it will be decommissioned in August.

The 362-foot Los Angeles-class Houston, the fourth U.S. Navy vessel named in honor of the city of Houston, was homeported at Pearl Harbor in January 2012.

The sub will be decommissioned on Aug. 26. and will spend the following year going through deactivation and disassembling of components for historical archiving, the Navy said in a news release.

At a June 6 aloha ceremony at Pearl Harbor, Cmdr. Scott McGinnis, Houston’s commanding officer, from Richmond, Va, said in the news release: “It is a celebration of our time in Pearl Harbor.

“You can see the energy and amount of people here who are just happy to be a part of the Houston family and celebrate the success.”

“The Houston is going to be sending off some outstanding Sailors,” said Senior Chief Sonar Technician Paul R. McCrory, from Pittsburgh, Pa., and Houston’s chief of the boat. “Everybody has put their best foot forward. We’ve come through so much with the age of this ship, it’s really hard to maintain after 33 years of active service. It’s been special to watch the guys take advantage of being a part of what’s going to be history.”

Houston was constructed at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Va., and was commissioned on Sept. 25, 1982.

The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine, displacing 6,900 tons, can be fitted with Mk-48 torpedoes and Tomahawk cruise missiles.

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