My guess is the repairs we see at Guam are temporary. Like the huge salvage job of the battleships (and other vessels) at Pearl Harbor after December 41, made seaworthy to either be towed.... or sail under their own power back to the west coast of the United States for complete reconstruction. SSN-711 would likely sail back to the west coast on the surface only with a safety escort.
There are plenty of decommissioned flight one Los Angeles class SSN's hanging around at Bremerton in storage or being scrapped. My guess is SSN-711 will head back (or towed) to Washington (Bremerton NSY), placed in dry dock, and a new bow (likely everything forward of the sail) from another decommissioned Flt. 1 688 will be used. Here is another way series production pays off.
So why not just discard SSN-711 instead? Because it maybe more expensive to refuel SSN-711's replacement, than to just remove and graft on a bow section from another de fueled 688 class boat instead. Gosh, what a wiring job this is going to be. Any guesses as to which decommissioned LA will contribute her bow as the new SSN-711 bow section? Atlanta? Submarines in the USN operationally are as busy as ever (and none to spare) in the world wide war on terrorism. My theory any way. If true....think what a diorama this dry dock scene might make. Hey you static modelers.
Atlanta's bow is likely in Washington state. The steel bow seen here is perhaps an old spare from one baking in the sun and rain in a back navy yard lot at Guam.
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