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USS La Jolla Returns from Deployment

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS110716-01
7/16/2011

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ronald Gutridge,

Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS La Jolla (SSN 701) returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam July 15, completing a six-month deployment in which they split their time between the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility and the western Pacific.

USS La Jolla's commanding officer, Cmdr. Jeff Bernard, commented that this was the first deployment for approximately two-thirds of the crew and that they performed extremely well.

"The crew was very excited to finally be out of the shipyard and at sea conducting operational tasking," he said. "The enthusiasm level remained high from the beginning of the deployment until we moored here, today."

The crew, according to Bernard, conducted many training exercises and qualifications as well as several port visits including Goa, India, and Singapore.

"The highlights of this deployment were the operations we conducted and the port visits that we experienced," said Bernard. "We are very proud to represent the Navy and the submarine force overseas throughout the Western Pacific."

USS La Jolla is named for La Jolla, Calif. Commissioned Oct. 24, 1981, La Jolla is the fourteenth ship of its class, is 360-feet long and displaces 6,900 tons. The submarine can be armed with sophisticated Mark-48 ADCAP anti-submarine torpedoes and Tomahawk guided cruise missiles.



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