After a short shakedown cruise in southern waters, the ship embarked on a series of deployments and cruises, including Prospective Commanding Officer operations and several anti-submarine warfare exercises. For the second consecutive year, GREENLING earned the Battle Efficiency "E" for fiscal year 1970 in Submarine Division ONE HUNDRED TWO. The ship also earned its third Navy Unit Commendation and first Meritorious Unit Commendation for exceptional meritorious service for operations during two separate periods in 1970. Commander Scott was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and a gold star in lieu of a second meritorious medal for these same two periods. In November and December 1970, GREENLING moored alongside USS FULTON (AS 11) for pre-overhaul upkeep.

GREENLING Wardroom, Circa 1970
GREENLING Wardroom, Circa 1970

GREENLING arrived in February 1971 at Ingalls Nuclear Shipbuilding Division, Pascagoula, Mississippi, for its first overhaul. This period lasted 13 months and involved major modifications and upgrades to the ship's sonar and combat systems as well as major repairs.

At completion of overhaul, Commander William T. Johnson, USN, relieved Commander Scott as Commanding Officer on March 11, 1972. GREENLING then conducted a shakedown cruise and several small exercises and deployed to the Mediterranean. Throughout 1973, the ship performed a variety of operations: Anti-submarine warfare exercises, U. S. Naval Academy midshipmen summer training cruises and acoustic communications system tests. In 1974, GREENLING executed a highly successful deployment with the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea, for which GREENLING was presented its second Meritorious Unit Commendation for operations conducted there.

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