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USS Key West Returns From Western Pacific Deployment

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS051116-01
Release Date: 11/16/2005 9:52:00 AM

By Chief Journalist (SW/AW) David Rush, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Key West (SSN 722) returned from a six-month Western Pacific deployment to its homeport of Pearl Harbor Nov. 10.

According to Capt. Kenneth Sault, Key West’s commanding officer, the deployment was successful thanks to his crew.

“It was a long deployment, but we got a lot of good things done," he said. "We’re happy to be home.”

Sault said his crew worked hard and in return got a chance to visit a few excellent ports.

“We went to Australia and participated in Talisman Sabre for about a month," he said. "We visited Brisbane, which was just wonderful.”

In addition to Australia, the submariners also visited Japan and Guam.

According to Capt. Joseph Tofalo, commodore, Submarine Squadron 3, the submariners aboard Key West performed extremely well.

“They did a fantastic job. I’m really proud of these guys," he said. "They do a lot for our country, and they are the heroes today.”

As for coming home the day before Veterans Day, Tofalo said that it was perfect timing.

“It's extremely appropriate. The legacy of Pearl Harbor and the submarine force is renowned. What a great way to kick off a Veterans Day weekend, having our Sailors come back from deployment and all of the great things they have done,” Tofalo concluded.

Key West is the 35th Los Angeles-class submarine and was commissioned Sept. 12, 1987. The submarine combines the most desired attack qualities, including speed, silence, and powerful weaponry. Key West can be armed with MK-48 and ADCAP torpedoes and the Tomahawk cruise missile.


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