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Sail of USS Lapon (SSN-661)

USS Lapon (SSN-661), a Sturgeon-class submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the lapon, a scorpionfish of the Pacific coast of North America.

Deactivated while still in commission on 1 October 1991, Lapon was decommissioned on 25 June 1992 at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington, and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register the following 8 August. Ex-Lapon entered the Nuclear Powered Ship and Submarine Recycling Program on 1 March 2003 and ceased to exist 31 August 2004. Lapon’s sail was memorialized at American Legion Post 639, in Springfield, Missouri.

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