Great White Ghost Decommissions in Norfolk


Dec 2, 2000
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From the Navy Newstand:
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By Master Chief Journalist (SW) Kevin Copeland, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- USS La Salle (AGF 3) was formally “laid to rest”￾ during a pierside decommissioning ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, May 27.

Since 1994, La Salle had served as the flagship for Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, based in Gaeta, Italy.

“The USS La Salle has carried her message of democracy for 41 years, and she has done it masterfully,”￾ said Rear Adm. Mark R. Milliken, director, Navy International Programs Office, guest speaker and former commanding officer of USS La Salle. “Today, we are not just decommissioning the “Great White Ghost of the Arabian Coast,”￾ we are saying thank you. Thank you to those who have served, and to those who will go on to serve in another capacity in this great Navy. For you are now, and forever will be, a part of history.
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Comment: 41 years is not a bad run for any ship.
 

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