Story and photo by MC2 Ronald Gutridge Commander Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs Office
The Los Angeles-class, fastattack nuclear-poweredsubmarine USS Columbia (SSN 771) returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on May 3, following a six-month deployment to the western Pacific region. “This was an incredibly successful deployment fromcompleting tasking important to national interests, to engaging our allies in a positive environment,” said Cmdr. Craig
Blakely, commanding officer of Columbia. “Columbia performed superbly,demonstrating the versatility of the U.S. fast-attack submarine,” noted Blakely.
“Almost 70 percent of the Columbia crew was on their first deployment, but you would never know from their performance,”said Blakely. “I am extremely proud of the conduct of the crew. Whether playing soccer against our fellow submariners in South Korea or keeping the ship safe during stressful deployed operations,everyone was professional.”
Columbia, commissioned in 1995, was the last 688-class submarine to be built at Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, Conn. The submarine is one of the most versatile ships inthe world, capable of numerous types of missions in a myriad of regions including long range Tomahawk strike operations, anti-submarine and surface ship tracking operations, surveillance andintelligence gathering.
La clase Los Angeles, fastattack submarino de propulsión nuclear USS Columbia(SSN
771) regresó a la Base Conjunta
Pearl Harbor-Hickam de mayo
3, tras un despliegue de seis meses ala Región del Pacífico Occidental.
"Este fue un despliegue increíble éxito de completar tareas importantes para
los intereses nacionales, a la participación de nuestros aliados en un ambientepositivo, "dijo el comandante. Craig
Blakely, comandante en jefe
de Columbia. "Columbia realizó magníficamente, lo que demuestra la versatilidad delos EE.UU.
submarinos de ataque rápido ", señaló...