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Boise Comes Home After Trip 'Round the World

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Story Number: NNS070531-17
Release Date: 5/31/2007 6:23:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christina M. Shaw, Commander, Submarine Force Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- The fast-attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764), homeported in Norfolk, returned home May 30 from a seven-month deployment around the world.

The crew demonstrated the submarine force's ability to make full use of every asset they have in the most productive way possible.

Boise deployed Oct. 30 and transited under the Arctic ice to the Pacific to begin what became an almost 37,000-mile voyage. Boise completed a wide range of joint requirements supporting national security in the U.S. Pacific and Central Command areas of responsibility before passing through the Suez Canal and returning home via the Mediterranean and Atlantic to complete a nuclear-powered circumnavigation of the globe.

Throughout the cruise, Boise also completed national security missions along with global war on terrorism and maritime security operations missions.

“The original plan was to do a Western Pacific cruise and return through the Panama Canal, but we were reassigned to the Indian Ocean. The crew responded well to the change and I’m proud of them,” said Boise Commanding Officer Cmdr. Rod Mills. “They did a great job and we had a lot of fun doing it with no problems.”

While deployed, Boise’s crew members served as ambassadors for the United States Navy during port visits to Yokosuka, Japan; Guam; Singapore; Limassol, Cyprus; and Toulon, France.

For several of the crew this deployment was new in many ways.

“The crew in general does not have a lot of deployment experience. Some have served on other subs but we have a lot of younger crew members,” said Mills.

“It’s not my first deployment and I’m sure it won’t be my last. I’m just happy to be home and to see my family,” said Yeoman 1st Class (SS) Buddy Shiltz, Boise’s leading yeoman.

With stealth, persistence, agility and firepower, fast-attack submarines like Boise are multimission capable to deploy and support special forces operations, disrupt and destroy an adversary’s military and economic operations at sea, provide early strike from close proximity and ensure undersea superiority. Boise is 360 feet long, displaces 6,900 tons of water and can travel in excess of 25 knots.

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