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Attack Boat USS Jacksonville Arrives at Final Homeport before 2018 Retirement

USS Jacksonville (SSN-669) arriving in Bremerton, Wash., Monday. The boat is scheduled for retirement in early 2018. (U.S. Navy Photo)

A previous version of this post has the incorrect hull number for the nuclear attack submarine USS Jacksonville. The hull number is SSN-699, not SSN-669.

Nuclear attack submarine USS Jacksonville (SSN-699) reached its final homeport of Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton on Monday.

The 36-year-old Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine is set to be retired in 2018 as the decommissioning and inactivation process is started, according to a statement released by the Navy.

In August, Jacksonville completed its most recent deployment, having spent 208 days at sea and steamed more than 48,000 nautical miles, according to a statement released by the Navy. Before moving to Bremerton, Jacksonville had been homeported in Hawaii since 2009.

When a U.S. Navy submarine is decommissioned, it is taken out of active service and the crew is reassigned to another boat or command. Inactivation is the process in which the submarine is de-fueled, with the hull retained in safe storage until decommissioning. Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility will de-fuel the submarine, according to a statement released by the Navy.

  • Karl Bourgeois

    error: USS Seahorse (SSN-669); USS Jacksonville (SSN-699)

  • Stephen

    She was built on the same platform as the Tridents; paving the way for technology & methods still in use.

    • Rocco

      Seriously!! I thought attack boats only had torpedo tubes!!

      • Stephen

        Land-level-facility construction methods. Later 688 models did receive vertical launch tubes.

        • Rocco

          You have prof!!

  • donny1040

    I was the Lead Builders Sea Trials Coordinator for GD-EB subs during this time. These boats were a joy to test. Horizontal tube-launch cruise were replaced with vertical launch on later ships (tks Stephen). It is sad for me to see these boats retiring.

    • Ed L

      Nice tid bit. Even us Deck Apes in the Gator Navy knew that. guess people don’t read Janes weekly

  • Kenneth Millstein

    Thank you to the USS Jacksonville for 36 years of active service in defense of our country.

  • Chesapeakeguy

    36 years. Well done to all who ever served and/or worked on her.

  • Bruce Fuller

    As a plank owner, I have awesome memories of serving alongside some of the best men in uniform! Proud to be a bubble head!