|USNS Apache (T-ATF 172) arrived San Diego July 13 towing tex-USS Miami|
Washington July 14, 2015- Apache departed Portsmouth, Maine, Naval Ship Yard June 12 with ex-USS Miami. San Diego is a short stop for the submarine that will be towed to the Puget Sound Naval Ship Yard, Wash., later this month by USNS Sioux (T-ATF 171).
The mission to Puget Sound brings to a close, the nearly 24 year career of ex-Miami. As the Navy’s 44th Los Angeles-class submarine, Miami conducted more than a dozen deployments, Miami employing its capabilities while operating in maritime regions near North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In 1994, the submarine became the first American nuclear-powered submarine to transit the Suez Canal. In the late 1990s, Miami launched Tomahawk cruise missile strikes during Operation Desert Fox in Iraq and Operation Allied Force in Kosovo.
The decision to deactivate ex-Miami was made following a May 23, 2012 fire, onboard the submarine that caused extensive damage. Ex-Miami formally decommissioned March 28, 2014.