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SSN 699 Jacksonville

USS JACKSONVILLE is the 12th LOS ANGELES-class nuclear powered attack submarine and the first ship in the Navy to bear the name of the city in northern Florida. The contract to build the Jacksonville was awarded on January 24, 1972, her keel was laid over four years later on February 21, 1976 and she was launched on November 18, 1978. SSN 699 was commissioned on May 16, 1981 and was built by Electric Boat.

The Jacksonville IDD began on Dec. 9, 2002, in the floating drydock Resolute (AFDM-10) at Naval Station Norfolk. The Jacksonville project was a 40,000 manday (35,000 NNSY and 5,000 contractor) undertaking. The list of critical path work items included preservation of 20 internal tanks, Special Hull Treatment (SHT) replacement, restoration of main seawater hull and backup valves, preservation of all main ballast tanks, steering and diving system inspection and repair, including removal and restoration of the Fairwater planes, restoration of some ventilation valves and the use of four hull cuts.

Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) completed its second consecutive Interim Drydocking (IDD) availability early and under budget, when it returned the submarine USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) to the Fleet in 2003.

The boat's status as of 08 August 2019 was "In Commission, in Reserve (Stand Down), commencement of inactivation availability". It had been in this status since 01 May 2018. Jacksonville completed their last deployment August 10, 2017. During her final 9-month deployment to the Western Pacific region, she was extended to conduct critical operations for which she was awarded the Submarine Squadron One Battle E. The fast-attack's third Battle E.

The crew of the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) held an inactivation ceremony June 26, at the U.S. Naval Undersea Museum, Keyport, Washington, celebrating the boat's 38 years of service. The occasion marked the crew's final public event before the submarine is officially decommissioned in the controlled industrial area (CIA) at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) in Bremerton, Washington. "Saying a final goodbye to the Jacksonville is truly a bittersweet experience," said retired Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Terry D. Scott, former chief of the boat aboard Jacksonville. "I would suggest that rather than feel sad, let us celebrate all that she accomplished and what she meant to each of us, to our nation and to our national defense. She met every mission objective and served her sailors well. Suffice it to say she was tested again, and again, and again, but she continued to show her mettle in peace and in war, both hot and cold." Supporters, Navy League members, and crew members, past and present, were on hand to bid the boat farewell. Former commanding officer of the Jacksonville, retired Capt. Michael Brown, served as a guest speaker during the ceremony.

When a commissioned U.S. Navy ship is decommissioned, it is taken out of active service and the crew is reassigned to another ship or command. Inactivation is the process in which the submarine will be de-fueled, with the hull retained in safe storage until decommissioning. "Though the ship is decommissioning, the crew is not," said Cmdr. David C. Vehon, commanding officer of USS Jacksonville. "We will still stand the watch and keep her safe until it's her turn to defuel and we secure the final watch. We will continue to hone our skills as warfighters as we prepare ourselves to return to the operational fleet and do our nation's bidding. The legacy of the Jacksonville will be carried forward to future submariners and their crews through our standards of operations and dedication to our shipmates." The ceremony concluded with the lowering of the national ensign along with a symbolic securing of the watch.

Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) held a decommissioning ceremony at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, Nov. 16, 2021. The ceremony highlighted the ship’s 40 years of service, its many crews, and their legacy. Jacksonville was the only boat to bear the name of the Florida city, and it represented its namesake with honor. The ship and her crew completed Alternate Inactivation Construct, a first-in-kind process that enabled an entire crew’s worth of personnel to return to the fleet and pioneered procedures, policies, and metrics appropriate to the plant and ship conditions of a unit in an inactivation schedule. The crew accomplished defueling in six days and had the shortest time from docking to decommissioning of any submarine, 127 days total.




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