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USS Tucson departs on Western Pacific deployment

SUBPAC Release

Release Date: 5/20/2004

By JO3 Corwin Colbert COMSUBPAC Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, HI --USS Tucson (SSN 770) departed for a Western Pacific deployment from its homeport of Pearl Harbor May 19.

According to Cmdr. James Pitts, commanding officer USS Tucson, during the last several months the crew prepared for deployment by updating equipment and getting certified.

"We completed all the maintenance actions needed. We spent the last two weeks getting certified so we can go out forward deployed. We are looking forward to heading out and conducting extended operations," said Pitts.

"Our submarine has one of the most advance fire control systems the Navy has in its inventory. It is very user friendly making the operator's job a lot easier. It can handle more stress than the previous system. We have Consumer Off-the-Shelf Technology (COTS) based equipment with incredible processing power, more than some small cities. It is five years ahead of the other system and maintenance is significantly easier. We will be the second submarine to deploy with this system aboard. We are looking forward to testing it out, " he said.

According to Pitts, his crew is ready and contributes their high morale to family support.

"The crew is very excited about going on this Western Pacific deployment. They are also looking forward to some foreign ports," said Pitts. "However, having the support of families is critical. Knowing you have the support back home makes the job easier," he concluded.

Christened on March 19, 1994, USS Tucson is the 59th Los Angeles class attack submarine and the 20th of the Improved-Los Angeles class attack submarine to be built. Armed with 12 vertical launch missile tubes for Tomahawk cruise missiles, Tucson has great offensive capabilities and strategic value. Retractable bow planes give the ship increased maneuverability and under-ice surfacing potential. Able to operate in all ocean areas of the world, Tucson's stealth, endurance, mobility and responsiveness make her a formidable force in multiple mission roles.

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