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USS California heads back to base

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The tugs John Paul, left, and John P. Wronowski guide the Virginia-class attack submarine USS California (SSN 781) under the Gold Star Memorial Bridge and up the Thames River on Tuesday, January 29, 2013. The sub was headed from Electric Boat to the Naval Submarine Base at the conclusion of the vessel’s 11-month “post-shakedown availability.” The post-shakedown availability comprises a series of maintenance, repairs, alterations and testing.

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The tug John Paul guides the U.S. Navy Virginia Class attack submarine USS California (SSN 781) up the Thames River past the Fort Griswold monument from the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Conn., to the navy submarine base upriver at the conclusion of the vessel's 11-month "post-shakedown availability" Tuesday, January 29, 2013. The California, 8th boat in the Virginia class, was commissioned in October of 2011 in Newport News, Virginia. The post-shakedown availability comprises a series of maintenance, repairs, alterations and testing.

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Sean D. Elliot/The Day | Buy Photo

The tug John Paul guides the U.S. Navy Virginia Class attack submarine USS California (SSN 781) up the Thames River from the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Conn., to the navy submarine base upriver at the conclusion of the vessel's 11-month "post-shakedown availability" Tuesday, January 29, 2013. The California, 8th boat in the Virginia class, was commissioned in October of 2011 in Newport News, Virginia. The post-shakedown availability comprises a series of maintenance, repairs, alterations and testing.

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Venting a plume of steam from its diesel generators, the U.S. Navy Virginia Class attack submarine USS California (SSN 781) is moved into position by tugboats to transit the Thames River from the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Conn., to the navy submarine base upriver at the conclusion of the vessel's 11-month "post-shakedown availability" Tuesday, January 29, 2013. The California, 8th boat in the Virginia class, was commissioned in October of 2011 in Newport News, Virginia. The post-shakedown availability comprises a series of maintenance, repairs, alterations and testing.

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Sean D. Elliot/The Day | Buy Photo

The crew of the U.S. Navy Virginia Class attack submarine USS California (SSN 781) stands on deck under a plume of steam from the boat's diesel generator as the tugs John Paul, left, and John P. Wronowski, guide the sub north of the Gold Star Memorial Bridge up the Thames River from the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Conn., to the navy submarine base upriver at the conclusion of the vessel's 11-month "post-shakedown availability" Tuesday, January 29, 2013. The California, 8th boat in the Virginia class, was commissioned in October of 2011 in Newport News, Virginia. The post-shakedown availability comprises a series of maintenance, repairs, alterations and testing.

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