Thursday, October 27, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The USS Salt Lake City, a fast-attack nuclear submarine, has been deactivated by the Navy.
The deactivation ceremony was held on Wednesday at Naval Base Point Loma, Calif., the home port for the sub that spent 21 years patrolling the globe.
About a dozen members of the 716 Club — a Salt Lake City group named for the boat’s number — and Salt Lake City Councilman Carlton Christensen made the trip to submarine base on Point Loma for the ceremony.
They joined dignitaries, guests and the 140 all-male crew in watching the Salt Lake City’s commissioning pennant, ensign and jack hauled down for the last time.
Later this fall, the submarine will make a final journey under the North Pole ice cap to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in New Hampshire, where it will have another formal decommissioning ceremony before being dismantled.