USS Scranton Commanders Celebrate City, Submarine

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Scranton (SSN 756). Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Cameron Bramha

Current and former commanders of the USS Scranton, a Navy Los Angeles-class submarine named after the Electric City, marked the 25th anniversary of the boat's commissioning and its ties to the city during events Monday.

Most of the sub's 11 commanders, including its current commander, Ronald Stowe, took part in events Sunday and Monday.

The USS Scranton was commissioned Jan. 26, 1991, in Norfolk, Virginia.

Monday's events including a meeting with local eighth-graders at the Scranton Public Library and visits to the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center and the Commonwealth Medical College.

Since August 2014, the Scranton has been undergoing a two-year engineered overhaul at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. Once the overhaul is complete, the sub will head to San Diego, where it likely will serve out the last 10 or so years of its active-duty life in the Pacific as part of the Navy's West Coast-based Submarine Squadron 11.

The USS Scranton's commanders are:

John Gregory Meyer, 1989-1991

Thomas O'Connor, 1991-1994

John M. Bird, 1994-1996

Kenneth Dale Walker, 1996-1999

Clarence Earl Carter, 1999-2001

Charles Melcher, 2001-2004

Michael James Quinn Sr., 2004-2006 (not attending reunion)

Wesley Guinn, 2006-2009

Paul Whitescarver, 2009-2012

Matthew Seth Burton, 2012-2014

Ronald Stowe, 2014-present

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