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The USS Pittsburgh Completes Its Final Mission With A Pittsburgher At The Helm

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The USS Pittsburgh at its commissioning ceremony at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Conn., Nov. 23, 1985.

The USS Pittsburgh, a Los Angeles-class, fast-attack submarine, returned to its homeport in Groton, Conn. in February, marking the successful completion of its final deployment—and with a Pittsburgher at the helm. 

Credit Courtesy of Cmdr. Jason Deichler
Courtesy of Cmdr. Jason Deichler
Cmdr. Jason Deichler, a Scott Township native, was the final commander of the USS Pittsburgh. The fast-attack submarine returned to its homeport at Naval Submarine Base New London in Connecticut in February.

Cmdr. Jason Deichler says that the relationship between a ship and its namesake city often varies, but that the city of Pittsburgh "has been very special in the efforts that they make to support our ship,” including regular contact between the crew and organizations like the Pittsburgh Navy League, the Submarine Veterans Association of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Relief Crew

The sub was the fourth vessel named for the city, and Deichler says he hopes it won't be the last. He tells The Confluence, “I truly believe that the city of Pittsburgh needs to continue to be represented on a global front with our proud warships, so I will be an advocate.”

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90.5 WESA's Alex Lenigan, Mick Stinelli and Julia Zenkevich contributed to this program.

The Confluence, where the news comes together, is 90.5 WESA’s daily news program. Tune in weekdays at 9 a.m. to hear newsmakers and innovators take an in-depth look at stories important to the Pittsburgh region. Find more episodes of The Confluence here or wherever you get your podcasts.

Kiley Koscinski covers city government, policy and how Pittsburghers engage with city services. She also works as a fill-in host for All Things Considered. Kiley has previously served as a producer on The Confluence and Morning Edition.
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