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USS Los Angeles Returns From Six-month Deployment

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS050510-07
Release Date: 5/10/2005 2:41:00 PM

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

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- USS Los Angeles (SSN 688) returned to Pearl Harbor from a Western Pacific deployment May 6.

According to Cmdr. Tom Stanley, Los Angeles' commanding officer, the crew worked hard to prepare for the deployment.

“The morale was high. The crew did an outstanding job prior to and during this deployment,” said Stanley. “I credit them for our deployment success.”

Stanley said the submarine was modernized, in that both the fire control and communications systems were upgraded with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology.

“We had a lot of new equipment on board, and our operators did an excellent job integrating them into the way we conduct business every day,” said Stanley.

For some Los Angeles Sailors, the highlight of the deployment was visiting various countries.

“Liberty ports were definitely the best part of the deployment,” said Electronics Technician Seaman Timothy Bosch. “Singapore was a good port visit. It is very beautiful, the people are nice and the night life is great,” he said. “However, the best port is returning home.”

Los Angeles is the fourth naval ship to be named after the city of Los Angeles and is the lead ship of the 688 class. Los Angeles was launched April 6, 1974, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Va., and commissioned Nov. 13, 1976.

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