Albuquerque Decommissioned After 33 Years of Service
KEYPORT, Wash. — The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) was decommissioned after 33 years of service during a ceremony held at Keyport Undersea Museum, Feb. 27, the Navy said in a Feb. 28 release.
Rear Adm. John Tammen, commander, Submarine Group 9, the guest speaker for the event, delivered remarks highlighting the boat’s many accomplishments.
“Albuquerque was commissioned on May 21, 1983, at Naval Base New London in Groton, Conn.,” Tammen said . “She has deployed 21 times to every corner of the globe, accumulating approximately 1.1 million nautical miles steamed, the equivalent of 52 global circumnavigations. She has performed 1,075 successful dives in her lifetime, made port calls in over 35 different foreign ports around the world, participated in over 18 major international naval exercises and seen 14 commanding officers.
“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. So we are here today to celebrate the Sailors who have made this boat run,” he said.
Albuquerque arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) for inactivation and decommissioning, Oct. 28, 2015, following an inactivation ceremony in San Diego.
“Today’s crew has made significant sacrifices,” said Cmdr. Donald Tenney, Albuquerque’s final commanding officer. “Decommissioning is not particularly arduous, but it is tedious. They cooperated flawlessly with the PSNS inactivation project team to overcome a multitude of obstacles and avoid any significant work delays. I am incredibly proud of their performance and everything they accomplished both at work and off duty.”
Albuquerque was the second ship of the U.S. Navy to be named for Albuquerque, N.M. The boat earned three Navy Unit Commendations, four Meritorious Unit Commendations and four Battle Efficiency “E” Awards throughout her service.
“As we decommission the aging Los Angeles-class boats, we make room for newer, more advanced submarines,” Tammen said. “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. As we close this chapter on the USS Albuquerque, we look forward to the opportunities in the future and the progress it signifies.”