GREENEVILLE, TN (WJHL) — This weekend, Greeneville will celebrate the 20th anniversary of big achievement – the naming of a nuclear submarine for the Northeast Tennessee town.
In February 1996, the United States Navy commissioned the USS Greeneville (SSN-772), a Los Angeles-class submarine.
People in Greeneville worked for years to secure the naming, and parts of the sub were constructed in the city.
The USS Greeneville made world headlines in 2001 when it surfaced rapidly off the coast of Oauhu striking a Japanese fishing boat called the Ehime Maru killing nine people. Greeneville residents were part of the US delegation to Japan for funeral services.
This weekend, past and present crew members will be in Greeneville for a reunion and celebration of the 20th anniversary of the sub’s commissioning.
A reception will be held Friday night at 6 p.m. at the General Morgan Inn.
On Sunday, a 20th Anniversary Banquet will be held featuring Scott Waddle as the guest speaker. He was the Commander of the USS Greeneville during the Ehime Maru incident.
USS Greeneville crew members also will be honored guests in other events including the American Downtown Fourth of July Parade.
In 2010, News Channel 11’s Josh Smith and Phillip Murrell were granted exclusive access to the submarine. They embedded with the USS Greeneville crew for three days in training exercises around the Hawaiian Islands.
WJHL produced an hour-long documentary called “The USS Greeneville Rising.” Watch the full documentary below:
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