Sailors return to Tennessee for USS Greeneville’s 25th anniversary


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WVLT) – More than 100 Sailors were expected in Greeneville, Tennessee for the July 4 weekend for a meeting, banquet, reception and service projects. Dale Long and other members of the USS Greeneville Inc. help organize meetings and celebrations to maintain the ties between the ship and the city.

“Why not represent all of the small towns in America, we pushed for that, that’s what we got,” Long said.

Current and past sailors are in Greeneville to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the vessel’s commissioning.

The USS Greeneville was commissioned in 1996. It was one of the only submarines built by the inhabitants of the town from which it bears the name. Robert Lane is the commander of the submarine. He is in Greeneville with his crew.

“Part of our celebration is not just celebrating our independence, but it helps us refocus and refocus on what is important. The fact that we live in our great country and it reminds us of what we do and why we do it, ”Lane said.

Sonar Technician Tyler Hailey lives in Tennessee. He says it’s great to see the appreciation from the people of the city.

“July 4th is a very important celebration for our country,” said Hailey. “I think it’s important to remember the luxury we have of being able to do this and what it took to have that luxury.”

Sailors joined in the celebration of the independence of the town of Greeneville on July 3 at 5 p.m. They were the great marshals.

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