Submarine of Hollywood fame returns sailors home to Groton naval base in time for holidays

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GROTON — A U.S. Navy attack submarine that appeared in "The Hunt for Red October" has returned to its Connecticut homeport from its last scheduled deployment after 35 years in the fleet.

The USS Dallas had a brush with Hollywood fame in the 1990 Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin thriller.

The Los Angeles-class submarine arrived back at the Navy submarine base in Groton on Tuesday. On its final deployment it traveled 42,000 miles and made port stops in Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Scotland and France.

The submarine was commissioned in 1981, and was one of the oldest in the fleet. It was scheduled to be inactivated sooner but the Navy in 2014 decided to extend its service life to help meet demands on attack subs. It will be decommissioned within the following year.

Sailors' relatives drove from as far as Texas to be reunited with their loved ones upon in time for the holidays.