Friday, March 26, 2010

Cover of American Submariner

On January 23, 2010 the USS Los Angeles (SSN 688) was decommissioned in the Port of Los Angeles. It is a very special occassion when any ship is decommissioned but especially so when it is the lead ship of the class.

In an interesting note the USS Los Angeles was carrying the famous Cribbage board used by Duddly Morton and Dick O'Kane when they were aboard the Wahoo. The story is the Wahoo had especially good hunting after a high scoring Cribbage game. By tradition, the board is passed to the oldest active boat in the fleet. The hallowed board will now have a new home. (I'm not sure what is the current oldest boat in the fleet at present.)

I am extremely grateful and honored I was invited to display a commemorative edition of my USS Los Angeles print during the weekend activities. (My representative was actually invited to attend the invitation only cerimony in person but was unable to go because of family obligations.) Of course I was hoping to get a few orders (I did) but the highlight was when the print on display was signed by the first and last Chiefs of the Boat. That print will be placed on display at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. They are hoping to get the actual sub or at least her conning tower for permanent display as well.
See our previous blog entry here:

Another great honor is the print has been featured on the latest edition of "American Submariner" magazine.

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