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USS Newport News Returns From Deployment

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Story Number: NNS091016-14
Release Date: 10/16/2009 5:49:00 AM

By Kevin Copeland, Commander, Submarine Force Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Newport News (SSN 750) returned Oct. 15 from a regularly scheduled six-month deployment.

Commanded by Cmdr. David W. Allridge, Newport News conducted operations in support of national security interests and maritime security operations. In executing the nation's maritime strategy, Newport News further demonstrated the submarine force's great capability in providing global presence.

"It was the highlight of my career to lead such a disciplined, dedicated, and talented crew of professionals," said Allridge. "The crew developed, tested, and succeeded in exploiting new submarine tactics in an old game, producing one of the most successful deployments in this particular area of operations in the history of the submarine force. They met or exceeded all objectives in a broad spectrum of challenging missions in support of national security tasking."

The crew participated in the historic 50th UNITAS exercise with South American allies, celebrated the ship's 20th commissioning anniversary, and conducted port visits in Balboa; Panama City, Panama; Curacao, Netherland Antilles; and San Diego.

"The crew is extremely excited about reuniting with their loved ones, and very proud of their deployment accomplishments," said Allridge. "I think the most excited crewmembers are those that have had sons and daughters born while they were away. They can't wait to see what they have missing while selflessly sacrificing in the service of their country."

Fast-attack submarines like Newport News have multifaceted missions. They use their stealth, persistence, agility and firepower to deploy and support special force operations, disrupt and destroy an adversary's military and economic operations at sea, provide early strike from close proximity, and ensure undersea superiority.

Newport News has a crew complement of 13 officers and 121 enlisted. The submarine, the eighth ship to bear the name of the Virginia shipbuilding city, is 360 feet long, displaces 6,900 tons of water, and can travel in excess of 20 knots.

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