- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

KITTERY, Maine (AP) - The USS Providence has arrived at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for maintenance, repair and modernization.

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine with a crew of 16 officers and 122 enlisted personnel was accompanied by tugboats as it arrived Friday. Shipyard spokesman Gary Hildreth said the nuclear-powered submarine will be spending about 16 months at the shipyard.

The submarine, which is homeported in Groton, Connecticut, is the fifth ship to be named for Providence, Rhode Island. Commissioned in 1985, it’s the first Los Angeles-class submarine to be equipped with the Tomahawk missile vertical launch system.

The sub returned in October from its latest deployment in which it covered more than 32,000 nautical miles while supporting national security.

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