Michigan returns to duty

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Conversion breathes new life into old sub

http://www.navytimes.com/news/2007/06/ap_michigan_070613/

The USS Michigan was welcomed back to duty Tuesday during a ceremony at Naval Base Kitsap that celebrated its conversion to a guided-missile submarine.

The afternoon fanfare marked the end of a $1 billion, nearly three-year modification process at neighboring Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on the Kitsap Peninsula west of Seattle. The Bangor-based Michigan was transformed from a Trident missile sub, equipped to carry nuclear missiles, to one capable of using conventional Tomahawk cruise missiles and supporting special operations forces....


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Sailors race to board the USS Michigan on June 12 during a return-to-service ceremony to celebrate its conversion to a guided-missile submarine. The Bangor, Wash.-based Michigan was transformed from a Trident missile sub, equipped to carry nuclear missiles, to one capable of using conventional Tomahawk cruise missiles and supporting special operations forces.

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Sailor Michael Heffner smiles June 12 as he tugs on a line in an attempt to break free the admiral's flag during a return-to-service ceremony for the submarine Michigan. The afternoon fanfare marked the end of a $1 billion, three-year modification process.
 
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