GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine, USS Albuquerque (SSN 706), returned to Naval Submarine Base New London May 8, following a 22-month extended modernization period, which included refueling, at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine.
The submarine began shipyard maintenance July 1, 2001, and received upgrades and repairs to communicatiaons, sonar, engineering and several other systems. The crew also received training to operate the new equipment from the installers and experts associated with the systems.
The ship and crew are in the final stages of sea trials. If the trials are completed on current schedule, Albuquerque will have established a new benchmark for this type of overhaul. The previous record was set in 2002 by USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705) at one week less than two years.
Albuquerque is commanded by Cmdr. Stuart B. Munsch, and has a crew of nearly 140 Sailors.
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