USS Jacksonville to begin decommissioning

The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) transits Puget Sound on its way to Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton to commence its inactivation process. Jacksonville departed its homeport of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for the last time, Dec. 4.
Photo by Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Taylor Ford

MC1 Amanda R. Gray

Commander, Submarine Group 9 Public Affairs

The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) arrived at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton to commence the inactivation and decommissioning process Dec. 11.

Jacksonville completed their most recent deployment Aug. 10. The boat and its crew spent 208 days at sea, steamed more than 48,000 nautical miles and conducted maritime security operations and joint exercises with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force and Indian navies. The crew also conducted various port calls to Bahrain, Guam, Oman and Singapore.

Under the command of Cmdr. Steven Faulk, Jacksonville departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a home-port change to Bremerton, Washington, Dec. 4. Jacksonville has been home-ported in Hawaii since 2009.

“I want to welcome USS Jacksonville to the beautiful Pacific Northwest,” said Capt. Michael Lewis, commander, Submarine Squadron 19. “We look forward to working with her over the next several months as they prepare to decommission.”

The submarine’s ability to support a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike warfare, surveil-lance and reconnaissance, made Jacksonville one of the most capable submarines in the world.

The submarine is scheduled to be retired from the fleet in 2018.

During the inactivation process, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility will de-fuel the submarine, with the hull retained in safe storage until decommissioning.

Commissioned May 16, 1981, Jacksonville is named after the largest and most populous city in Florida and is the first ship to bear the name. The boat’s mission is to seek out and destroy enemy ships and submarines and to protect U.S. national interests. At 360-feet-long and 6,900 tons, Jacksonville can be armed with sophisticated MK48 advanced capability torpedoes and Tomahawk cruise missiles.

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