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LA Navy Days Kick Off with Arrival of USS Los Angeles

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS100121-07
Release Date: 1/21/2010 11:58:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David A. Brandenburg, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West

LOS ANGELES (NNS) -- The 14th annual Navy Days Los Angeles (LA) kicked off with the arrival of the fast attack submarine USS Los Angeles (SSN 688) at the Port of LA where the boat will be decommissioned Jan. 23.

Navy Days LA is designed to educate the public through tours, distinguished visitor ship embarks and media coverage of the festivities.

"Our goal is to keep their dance card full when they are not on duty," said Grant Ivey, Navy Days LA president and co-founder.

During the five-day Navy Days LA celebration, LA Sailors will have their choice of tours of the Ronald Reagan Library, trips to Universal Studios LA, and a LA Kings hockey game.

The 16 officers and 127 enlisted LA crew members also signed up for sports, fishing trips, a burger bash and concert at the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club and an evening at the Hermosa Beach Club.

The crew of the 360 foot fast attack submarine will celebrate the conclusion of the subs 33 years of Naval service at a decommissioning ceremony Jan. 23 in her namesake city. SSN 688 is the fourth Navy ship to be named for the city of Los Angeles. Her many capabilities include wartime functions of undersea warfare, surface warfare, strike warfare, mining operations, special forces delivery, reconnaissance, carrier battle group support and escort and intelligence collection.

"Los Angeles served the Navy for 33 years, and it is with some sadness that we are now making our final voyage," said Cmdr. Steven Harrison, LA commanding officer. "I am very proud of each and every Sailor onboard. We all have worked very hard to keep this warship at the forefront of submarine operations and the crew has done a fantastic job meeting every operational requirement."

LA Sailors will visit Children's Hospital LA for a "Caps for Kids" visit where they will visit with children and pass out Navy ballcaps and honorary crew member certificates. The Navy Days LA will wrap-up on Jan. 26 when the sub departs for Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Puget Sound, Washington, for inactivation.

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