Sailors, submarine veterans, and friends and families of the USS Houston crew bid farewell to the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine Monday after more than 30 years of Navy service.
"It is a celebration of our time in Pearl Harbor," Cmdr. Scott McGinnis, Houston’s commander, said during a ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. "You can see the energy and amount of people here who are just happy to be a part of the Houston family and celebrate the success."
Houston — the fourth Navy ship to be christened after the Texas city — is on its way to Bremerton, Washington, where it is scheduled for decommission on Aug. 26, a Navy statement said.
The 362-foot-long sub, which can be fitted with Mark-48 torpedoes and Tomahawk cruise missiles, was commissioned Sept. 25, 1982. The vessel recently served as a training platform for 46 submariners across five boats and hosted command courses for prospective commanding officers, the statement said.
"The Houston is going to be sending off some outstanding sailors," Paul R. McCrory, chief of the boat, said in the statement. "Everybody has put their best foot forward. We’ve come through so much with the age of this ship, it’s really hard to maintain after 33 years of…