The City of Dallas' namesake submarine has returned from sea for the last time. The U.S.S. Dallas docked in Connecticut on November 25, ending a deployment that began in 1981. If Mayor Mike Rawlings and the City Council get their way, the U.S.S. Dallas will be the centerpiece of the Dallas Maritime Museum.
The proposed 30,000-square-foot museum would be located at 1501 S. Riverfront Blvd., just off the Trinity River in the Cedars neighborhood with a view of downtown Dallas to the north. Of course, those plans depend on the city raising $80 million in donations. The dates for groundbreaking or opening of the museum have yet to be announced, but officials are aiming for sometime in 2016 or 2017.
If the U.S.S. Dallas sounds familiar, that's because it's had a role in several pop culture pieces, most notably as the American submarine used to search for Russians in Tom Clancy's The Hunt for Red October. The sub, which is 362 feet long and 33 feet wide, would occupy one of three maritime vessel berths at the museum.
U.S.S. Dallas was the seventh out of 61 total Los Angeles-class submarines built. It was commissioned in 1981 and has deployed to every operational theater around the world ever since.
The submarine circumnavigated the globe, transited the Panama Canal and participated in Operations Desert Shield/Storm in the ’90s. Crewmember William D. Williams said the 32-year-old vessel has a unique spirit that is hard to define. The crew called it "the Dallas difference."
"You have to be part of it to experience it," Williams said in a statement. "Our crew is certainly one of the finest I have ever served with."