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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

LA in L.A.

The USS Los Angeles (SSN 688) is having an unusual pre-deployment workup. After completing the first-ever open ocean ESCAPEX from a nuclear submarine off the coast of Alaska, the Pearl Harbor-based sub sailed down the West Coast for her first-ever visit to her namesake city. She's seen here passing what looks like Angel's Gate Light in San Pedro Harbor:

More photos from the visit can be seen here. From the looks of it, they had must have had a quiet visit -- I checked out the websites of all the usual suspects, and didn't notice any calls for protest, so hopefully the crew had a good time.

Bell-ringer 0017 14 Dec: Commenters here, as well as "Sailor 777" at Rontini's new BBS say that the LA has visited Los Angeles before, particularly in 1978. It looks like it's the Navy that's putting out the bad information, and I was guilty of white-ratting it. I should have known better, based on the Navy NewsStand's previous track record when it comes to certain aspects of submarine history.


Blogger Dale Courtney said...

I can think of *warmer* locations to do the ESCAPEX!


12/13/2006 5:13 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

NOT true, BH: "the" 688 was in the city of Los Angeles for the first time way back in 1978, a couple of years after she was commissioned.

12/13/2006 7:07 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also happended to be in L.A. at the time; additionally, here is one citation for the 1978 L.A. port visit.

12/13/2006 9:31 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

San Pedro--"Where the hood meets the harbor". Not the top of my list for port visits.

12/17/2006 11:54 AM


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