COMSUBPAC AND UH Use Drone to Deliver Supplies to Submarine

October 28, 2019 – Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC) in partnership with the University of Hawaii, tested their unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capabilities by delivering supplies onto a submarine off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, Oct. 10. The UAV took a five-pound payload consisting of circuit cards, medical supplies, and food to the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776) while underway. “What started as an innovative idea has come to fruition as a potentially radical new submarine logistics delivery capability,” said Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Keithley, assigned to…

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USS Bremerton Returns to Pearl Harbor for Final Time

Friends and families of the crew gathered on the pier at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to welcome back the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Bremerton (SSN 698) as she returned from deployment, April 6. Bremerton successfully completed a six-month deployment while conducting operations in support of national security. “The entire crew performed with excellence,” said Master Chief Fire Control Technician (SS) Wade Jacobson, Bremerton’s chief of the boat. “In six months we took the nation’s longest-serving submarine more than 42,000 nautical miles, executing multiple missions in some of the toughest…

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USS Topeka visits Yokosuka during Indo-Pacific patrol

USS Topeka (SSN 754) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, March 2 for a visit as part of its Indo-Pacific region deployment. The visit strengthens the already positive alliance between the U.S. and Japan through the crew’s interaction with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). It also demonstrates the U.S. Navy’s commitment to regional stability and maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region. “We are honored to have the opportunity to visit Japan again and engage with our host ship JS Zuiryu (SS 505),” said Cmdr. Steven Tarr III, commanding officer. “I…

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USS Missouri Arrives in Pearl Harbor

The Pearl Harbor submarine community welcomed the crew of 160 Sailors and officers, along with their families, of the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Missouri (SSN 780) to Pearl Harbor following a successful homeport change from Groton, Connecticut, Jan. 26. Missouri is now assigned to Submarine Squadron One, and will be the 6th Virginia-class submarine stationed in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. “I can’t thank enough the staff of Submarine Squadron One and COMSUBPAC for facilitating this transfer,” said Cmdr. George Howell, commanding officer of Missouri. “There are so many logistical arrangements…

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USS Missouri set to arrive at Pearl Harbor homeport

USS Missouri (SSN 780) will arrive at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam this week for a permanent change of homeport. The submarine has a crew of 140 Sailors and officers. Missouri will be the 6th Virginia-class submarine homeported at Pearl Harbor and the fifth Navy ship to be named in honor of the state of Missouri. The last USS Missouri, the legendary battleship, saw action in World War II, the Korean War and the Persian Gulf War, and the battleship was also the site where Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz, Gen. Douglas…

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Pearl Harbor welcomes USS Chicago to new homeport

The Pearl Harbor submarine community welcomed the crew and families of the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Chicago (SSN 721) to Hawaii following a homeport change from Guam, Sept. 28. “The crew and I were sad to leave Guam, but at the same time we’re excited to see our new home and start the next chapter for Chicago,” said Cmdr. Brian Turney, commanding officer of the submarine. “We are very happy to finally be in Hawaii and reunited with our families.” Shifting a boat from one port to another can…

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