NAVY WIRE SERVICE (NWS) - 21 January 1999 - NWS21jan-6. USS Atlanta scheduled for inactivation, decommissioning by SUBLANT Public Affairs NORFOLK (NWS) -- USS Atlanta (SSN 712) will be honored Jan. 22 after nearly 17 years of service during an inactivation ceremony at Norfolk Naval Station. Commissioned March 6, 1982, USS Atlanta is the fifth naval vessel to carry the name. During her career, the nuclear-powered attack submarine completed six deployments to the Mediterranean Sea and three deployments to the western Atlantic. She was the first submarine certified to employ the MK-48 torpedo and both Harpoon and Tomahawk missiles. She was also the first nuclear-powered submarine assigned to directly support an amphibious ready group. Atlanta will depart Norfolk Naval Station for the last time and transit to Norfolk Naval Shipyard Jan. 25 for decommissioning. -USN-