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Navy Assigns Three Ships To Bremerton

The guided-missile cruiser USS Arkansas is to arrive here Friday to make the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard its home port.

The 585-foot Arkansas previously was based at the Naval Air Station in Alameda, Calif., which is being closed.

Two other Navy ships, the secret research submarine USS Parche and the fast combat support ship USS Rainier, also have been transferred to Kitsap County within the past six weeks.

Altogether, the three ships are bringing about 1,800 crew members and support personnel, along with about 2,400 family members to the county, which is home to the Navy’s submarine base at Bangor in addition to the naval shipyard.

The Arkansas, which entered the fleet in 1980, is the last of nine nuclear-powered cruisers built by the Navy, starting in the 1960s. The ship will undergo an overhaul soon after arriving at the shipyard, just as an overhaul of the supercarrier USS Nimitz is winding down here.

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