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USS Olympia Deploys with USS Carl Vinson

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Story Number: NNS050209-10
Release Date: 2/9/2005 1:21:00 PM

By Journalist 2nd Class Corwin Colbert, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- USS Olympia (SSN 717) departed for a six-month Western Pacific deployment from its homeport of Pearl Harbor Feb. 7.

The nuclear-powered attack submarine will join the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Strike Group heading into the Western Pacific.

According to Capt. David Marquet, commander, Submarine Squadron 3, Olympia spent more time at sea preparing for the deployment than normal.

"Olympia is associated with the Carl Vinson Strike Group," said Marquet. "So during the work-up, Olympia's crew was required to participate in exercises with the strike group in San Diego, including Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX)."

"The submarine force will continue to play an important role in defense of the nation and the global war on terrorism," he added.

Olympia was christened and commissioned Nov. 17, 1984. In February 1986, Olympia set sail for her new homeport in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group includes Carrier Air Wing 9, Destroyer Squadron 31, the guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54), the guided-missile destroyers USS O'Kane (DDG 77) and USS Mustin (DDG 89), and the fast combat support ship USS Camden (AOE 2).

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