Submarine Decommissioning Schedule Changes
Back in June, I blogged about the (late-arriving) FY-07 Ship Decommissioning Message. Now, the Navy's put out an updated message. This Navy Times article discusses all of the changes; here's what effects the Submarine Force:
• Attack submarine H.G. Rickover will be deactivated March 1, 2007 instead of Sept. 30, 2007.The only big "surprise" I could see was moving HGR's decomm up seven months. Anyone else notice any surprises?
• Attack submarine Minneapolis-St. Paul’s deactivation date was fine-tuned from Sept. 30, 2007 to Sept. 27, 2007.
• Attack submarine Honolulu’s deactivation was moved up a year from Sept. 30, 2007, to Nov. 1 of this year. Her bow will be used to replaced the bow of San Francisco, which was destroyed in a collision with an underwater mountain in January 2005...
• The deep-diving research submarine Dolphin, the Navy’s last diesel-powered sub, will remain on the ledgers until Dec. 8, 2006, rather than Oct. 1, 2006. It will be sunk in a fleet training exercise. The Navy spent $60 million bringing Dolphin back to service after a fire in May 2002. Dolphin just recently rejoined the fleet.
Ships whose schedules did not change:
• Attack submarine Salt Lake City deactivates Nov. 3.