Commander, Submarine Force
U.S. Atlantic Fleet
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        15 JANUARY 1999


    After nearly 17 years of dedicated service to the nation, the navy and the submarine force, the nuclear-powered attack Submarine USS BOSTON (SSN 703) will be honored 18 January 1999 during inactivation ceremonies at Naval Submarine Base New London, CT.

    Built by Electric Boat, BOSTON was commissioned in Groton 30 January 1982 as the 16th Los Angeles class attack submarine and the seventh naval ship to bear the name.

    During her career, BOSTON completed nine deployments to all corners of the globe.  Her first deployment, in fact, was a seven-month-long voyage around the world.  Fittingly, her last deployment was in support of UNITAS and took the submarine around the point of South America.

    The exploits, dedication and hard work of the ship BOSTON and her crew have been recognized and fittingly rewarded.  She has earned a Joint meritorious unit commendation, four meritorious unit commendations, three battle efficiency "E" awards, three golden anchor awards, three silver anchor awards and the Arleigh Burke Trophy.

    After being a mainstay on the New London water front, BOSTON will slip her moors 5 February 1999 and head west to Pearl Harbor for decommissioning.

    To all who have served in USS BOSTON, and on behalf of a grateful Nation, I extend my deepest appreciation and respect to you and your families for the many sacrifices you have made.  You directly contributed to victory in the cold war and have defended the nation with distinction.  Many thanks for a job well done.   VADM Giambastiani