USS Los Angeles (SSN-688)
The USS Los Angeles (SSN-688) was the lead ship of her class, and the fourth US Navy ship named for the city in California. Laid down in 1972, Los Angeles commissioned in 1976, with her first deployment taking her to the Mediterranean. In 1977, Los Angeles hosted President Jimmy Carter, his wife, Rosalynn, and Admiral Hyman Rickover for a short demonstration. The following year, she was transferred to Pearl Harbor, and Los Angeles spent the rest of her career in the Pacific. Los Angeles was modifies to operate a Dry Deck Shelter for divers in 1999, expanding her capabilities. In 2007, she became the oldest commissioned submarine in the fleet, and retained that distinction until her inactivation in 2010. Decommissioned in February, 2011, she was disposed of through the Ship and Submarine Recycling Program.