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USS Philadelphia Logs 1,000th Dive

Navy Newsstand

Story Number: NNS040121-09

Release Date: 1/21/2004 6:07:00 PM

From Naval Submarine Base New London Public Affairs

GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- USS Philadelphia (SSN 690) became the first Los Angeles-class submarine to complete 1,000 dives, Dec. 4 at 5:39 p.m.

Philadelphia achieved the milestone during a seven-month deployment.

"Very few boats in the Submarine Force have completed this task," said Diving Officer Lt. John Adkisson.

Although Philadelphia is the first Los Angeles-class submarine to accomplish this feat, it is the fourth nuclear-powered submarine to do so.

Philadelphia Commanding Officer Cmdr. Steven M. Oxholm said the event was a significant milestone in not just Philadelphia, but the submarine force heritage.

"The ability of a submarine to withstand the demands of 1,000 dives is a tribute to the excellent design, exacting construction and careful maintenance inherent in the submarine force," said Oxholm. "The 1,000th dive is a tribute to all those who sail on her today and have sailed on her in the past. I am personally humbled to be a part of this historic event."

Senior Chief Machinist's Mate W. Michael Marion echoed Oxholm's comments about the craftsmanship of Philadelphia.

"Who would have thought that a submarine whose keel was laid 30 years ago would still be on the frontlines going strong," said Marion. "It certainly is a testament to her builders and the men who maintained her all these years.

"Having served on the Philly before during another chapter in her life, I realize her motto then as it is now seems to say it all - 'Philly Delivers Whatever It Takes.' That really sums up the ship and the crews that have served her. I was glad to be part of such a significant event in the ship's history."

Philadelphia returned to Naval Submarine Base New London Jan. 18.

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