Posted by: arbeam | August 7, 2018

Jul 13: USS Buffalo (SSN-715) Inactivation Ceremony

KEYPORT, Wash. (July 13, 2018) Sailors assigned to Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Buffalo (SSN 715), fold the boat’s national ensign during an inactivation ceremony at Keyport Undersea Museum. Buffalo was commissioned November 5, 1983, and is the third United States Ship to bear the proud name of Buffalo. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda R. Gray/Released)

It was a real privilege to be invited to attend this ceremony, by Captain Paul J Lee at the Keyport Naval Undersea Museum on the morning of 16 July 2018.  We learned the history of the USS Buffalo and this ceremony today went through the motions of decommissioning.  The ship’s colors and commissioning pennant are hauled down, the watches are secured, and the bell is rung for the last time.  This solemn ceremony of final customs and courtesies is a dedication to the successes of the ship and the crew.  Many past Commanding Officers  attended the ceremony. Rear Admiral (Ret) Robert Hennigan, Commodore Michael Lewis, Captain Richard Seif and the current Commanding Officer Commander Paul J  Lee spoke. The reception was held in the lobby of the Keyport museum. Captain Lee gave me a surprise, a wonderful remembrance of his USS Buffalo. real treasures, a small bottle of oil with shavings from the SSN-715 hull, a challenge coin, a key chain and a card. Sincere thanks and appreciation to the captain and crew for their many years of service to god and country. Respectfully Helen Miller

KEYPORT, Wash. (July 13, 2018) Retired Rear Adm. Robert Hennegan, Buffalo’s 7th commanding officer, delivers remarks during the inactivation ceremony for the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Buffalo (SSN 715) held at the Keyport Undersea Museum. Buffalo was commissioned November 5, 1983, and is the third United States Ship to bear the proud name of Buffalo. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda R. Gray/Released)

 

 

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