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Navy to inactivate 11 ships

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 22, 2010

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Eleven Navy vessels face inactivation in the upcoming months, according to an administrative message released Wednesday.

The Los Angeles-class USS Memphis fast-attack submarine will be inactivated in March , which will lead to its decommissioning, according to the message signed by Vice Adm. J.T. Blake, deputy chief of naval operations.

The frigate USS Hawes will be inactivated later this year and will be used as a logistic support asset for remaining Perry class frigates. Two other frigates, the USS Doyle and USS Jarrett, will be sold to foreign militaries after inactivation next year.

The amphibious assault ship USS Nassau’s fate will be determined following a service life extension review, according to the message. If decommissioned, the ship will remain in reserve.

The amphibious transport docks USS Dubuque and USS Cleveland will be decommissioned and enter reserve status, while the transport tankers USNS Samuel L. Cobb and USNS Richard G. Matthiesen will be inactivated and transferred to the U.S. Maritime Administration.

The Military Sealift Command’s USNS Shasta and USNS Kiska will be dismantled next year, according to the message.

From staff reports

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