USS Los Angeles  SSN 688

USS Los Angeles (SSN-688)The USS Los Angeles was the lead ship in her class of submarines, was fourth ship of the United States Navy to be named for Los Angeles, California. The contract to build her was awarded to Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia on 8 January 1971 and her keel was laid down on 8 January 1972. She was launched on 6 April 1974 sponsored by Anne Armstrong and commissioned on 13 November 1976 with Commander John Christensen in command.

She hosted President Jimmy Carter and the First Lady on 27 May 1977 for an at sea demonstration of her capabilities. In 2007 she was the oldest submarine in active service with the US Navy. The Navy decommissioned the USS Los Angeles on 23 January 2010, in Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, her namesake city. The wardroom of the oldest submarine in the fleet carries Richard O'Kane's personal cribbage board, and upon the decommissioning the board was transferred to the next oldest boat, the USS Bremerton.

DeploymentsLos Angeles made her first operational deployment to the Mediterranean Sea in 1977 and was awarded a Meritorious Unit Citation. In 1978, she transferred to the Pacific Fleet and was assigned to Submarine Squadron 7, home ported in Pearl Harbor. She conducted 17 Pacific deployments over the next 32 years and earned eight Meritorious Unit Citations and a Navy Unit Citation. Los Angeles participated in four multinational "Rim of the Pacific" (RIMPAC) exercises, and visited numerous foreign ports in Italy, Republic of the Philippines, Diego Garcia, Hong Kong, Mauritius, Australia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Canada and Singapore.[2]

In 1999, while under the command of Mark D. Jenkins, Los Angeles was modified to carry a Dry Deck Shelter (DDS). Her capabilities included undersea warfare, surface warfare, strike warfare, mining operations, special forces delivery, reconnaissance, carrier battle group support and escort, and intelligence collection.

The USS Los Angeles' 34-year career was one of the longest for a US Navy submarine.

DecommissioningThe Los Angeles was inactivated on 1 February 2010 and decommissioned on 4 February 2011.