USS Memphis to Decommission

Story Number: NNS110211-12Release Date: 2/11/2011 4:11:00 PM
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From Commander Submarine Group 2 Public Affairs

GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- The Navy will hold a decommissioning ceremony for Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Memphis (SSN 691) aboard Naval Submarine Base (NSB) New London, Conn., April 1.

All current and former crew members, their families, and friends are invited to attend activities connected to this historic event.

USS Memphis was commissioned Dec. 17, 1977, and became an Atlantic Fleet operational asset as part of Submarine Squadron 8 in Norfolk, Va., in 1978. Four years later, Memphis completed a "round-the-world" cruise via the Panama Canal, including operations with both the 6th and 7th fleets.

In January 1994, Memphis entered Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for refueling overhaul and equipment modifications, providing the world's most-advanced sonar, signal processing and fire control technology.

Several modifications were performed to enhance the ship's ability to accommodate major and multiple research and development projects. Upon completion of the overhaul in July 1996, Memphis was attached to Submarine Development Squadron 12 aboard NSB New London.

Fast-attack submarines like Memphis have multi-faceted missions. They use their stealth, persistence, agility and firepower to deploy and support special force operations, disrupt and destroy an adversary's military and economic operations at sea, provide early strike from close proximity, and ensure undersea superiority.

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2/25/2011 4:56:00 PM
Served on her in the 90's got there when she was in shipyard getting her upgrades. Great Ship and Great Crew. Miss the old days

2/23/2011 4:59:00 PM
This attack submarine has always been USS Memphis. There is a ballistic missile submarine USS Tennessee. USS Memphis had a silver service provided by the sponsor city. If memory serves, the submarine was provided a part of a larger service that was originally made for an earlier surface warship (cruiser)that bore the name. I expect that the balance of the service remained in a museum in the Memphis area.

2/21/2011 1:18:00 PM
I am a freelance journalist in Memphis investigating this for a possible story. Was this ship ever originally named the USS Tennessee? I am seeking information on a silver tea service cast for the USS Memphis at the National Ornamental Metal Museum here in town. If anyone can provide any info on any aspect of this ship that relates to Memphis, I'd be very grateful and good story for The Commercial Appeal could come of it!

2/15/2011 3:51:00 PM
When she has been into Faslane HMNB Clyde Scotland, the crew have been most welcome, they seemed like a first class crew, and wish them well when they all go there own ways to next postings. Calm seas and fair winds.

2/15/2011 3:10:00 AM
She was a good boat. Actually surprised to see her go.

2/12/2011 1:38:00 PM
After almost 35 years in commision she deserves a break. Hope she enjoys retirement.

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The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Memphis (SSN 691) Naval Submarine Base New London to begin her final deployment. Memphis will be decommissioned later this year.
110110-N-3090M-019 GROTON, Conn. (Jan. 10, 2011) The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Memphis (SSN 691) Naval Submarine Base New London to begin her final deployment. Memphis will be decommissioned later this year. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers/Released)
January 11, 2011
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