#USNavy bids farewell to #USSHouston after 33 years of service
BANGOR, Wash. (NNS) -- Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Houston (SSN 713) was decommissioned during a ceremony held at Deterrent Park at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Aug. 26. Houston Sailors, past and present, along with friends and families celebrated her 33 years of honorable service to the U.S. submarine force. Originally homeported at Pearl Harbor, Houston arrived at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, Washington, for inactivation and decommissioning July 14. Houston will spend the next year going through deactivation and the disassembling of components for historical archiving. Houston's 13th Commanding Officer Capt. Michael Lewis, from Bend, Oregon, was the keynote speaker for the event. "Today we are here to say farewell to USS Houston and allow her to pass the torch to the next generation of submarines," Lewis said...