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USS Santa Fe Deploys

COMSUBPAC Press Release

Release Date: 9/09/2003

By JO3 Corwin Colbert, COMSUBPAC Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, HI--USS Santa Fe (SSN 763) cast off its mooring lines from the pier on Sept. 9th. The 52nd Los Angeles class attack submarine and its crew are deploying on a routine Western Pacific deployment.

Cmdr. Andrew Hale, Jr., USS Santa Fe commanding officer, said his crew has worked very hard to prepare for this deployment.

"I think this deployment is going to be great for the crew. The crew has done a fantastic job getting ready, overcoming obstacles to get where we are today. We have a lot of missions to complete and expectations to meet," said Hale.

According to Hale, the crew's morale is soaring and they are ready for their tasks and operational commitments.

"The crew has trained very hard and are ready to go. There is nothing this crew can't do if they put their minds to it. The morale is unbelievable and the crew is hyped about this deployment," he said, "After September 11th and everything else that has happened over the last two years, it is a different world out there and we are ready to go."

Santa Fe was commissioned on January 8, 1994 at Naval Submarine Base, Groton, Connecticut and is the second ship to be named in honor of the capital city of New Mexico. Santa Fe belongs to Commander Submarine Squadron Seven (CSS 7). Other CSS-7 attack submarines include USS Pasadena (SSN 752), USS Columbus (SSN 762), USS Tucson (SSN 770) and USS Cheyenne (SSN 773).

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