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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Attack Boat La Jolla Arrives at Norfolk Naval Shipyard for Moored Training Ship Conversion

USS La Jolla (SSN 701)The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS La Jolla (SSN-701) recently arrived at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia for conversion to a Moored Training Ship (MTS), according to Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).

La Jolla will spend 32 months in the yard before heading to the Nuclear Power Training Unit in Charleston, S.C., where new submarine and aircraft carrier nuclear operators are trained and qualified.

During that time, the submarine will be cut into three pieces, and a portion of the hull and the missile compartments will be taken out. Three new hull sections from General Dynamics Electric Boat will be added to accommodate the sub’s new mission.

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