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After 33 years, submarine Los Angeles heads for retirement

January 24, 2010 |  8:07 am


It was a day of remembrances and farewells as the submarine Los Angeles was sent into retirement Saturday after 33 years of active service.

Hundreds of former submariners and guests attended the decommissioning ceremony in San Pedro, where the sub arrived late last week from its home port at Pearl Harbor. The vessel is on its way to the naval shipyard at Puget Sound  in Washington.

Keynote speaker John F. "Dugan" Shipway, 67, who retired as a Navy rear admiral and later became president of the Bath Iron Works shipbuilding unit of General Dynamics, called his time as captain of the Los Angeles "the best 52 months of my life."

The Los Angeles set a standard for other submarines and other crews. "The spirit of the Los Angeles will live long after this ceremony," Shipway said.

Once the Los Angeles was the most innovative submarine in the fleet, the first in a new class of submarines. It retired as the oldest sub in the Navy.

For the story of the Los Angeles decommissioning, go here.

-- Tony Perry in San Pedro

Photo: Sailors man the rails of the Los Angeles. Credit: U.S. Navy