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USS Pasadena Deploys to Western Pacific

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS050624-05
Release Date: 6/24/2005 11:25:00 AM

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

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- USS Pasadena (SSN 752) departed for a Western Pacific deployment from its homeport of Pearl Harbor June 22.

Commanding officer Cmdr. John Heatherington said the crew worked hard in preparing for the deployment.

“We are fully certified and looking forward for this deployment,” said Heatherington. “Morale is extremely high,” he said. “We will miss our family and friends; however, this is the most important part of our job.”

Heatherington said the command has been preparing the family members for the deployment, as well.

“We have held pre-deployment meetings and also a family picnic to give information to the families,” he said. “We have a very strong ombudsman who is more than capable to make sure the deployment goes well for the families.”

Family members said the briefs and other events helped.

“We got an idea of what to expect from the briefings,” said Khristy, wife of Lt. Peter Bugler. “Even though we know he is leaving, it still is hard to see him leave.”

Pasadena is the third vessel and first submarine so named in the U.S. Navy. Her missions include anti-submarine warfare and strike warfare. It provides the Fleet Commander or Task Force Commander a multimission platform and has virtually unlimited endurance due to its nuclear propulsion plant. The boat also features advanced sonar capabilities, torpedo, cruise missile and mine delivery systems.

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