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Albuquerque Visits Thailand During Western Pacific Deployment

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS130312-07

By Lt. Cmdr. Lara Bollinger, Submarine Group 7 Public Affairs

SATTAHIP, Thailand (NNS) -- The Los Angeles class fast attack submarine USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) moored alongside USS Frank Cable (AS 40) in Sattahip Bay, Thailand, March 10 for a visit as part of its Western Pacific deployment.

With a crew of approximately 140 Sailors, Albuquerque will conduct a multitude of missions and showcase the latest capabilities of the U.S. submarine fleet.

"We're looking forward both to developing our working relationship with our partners in the Royal Thai Navy and to exploring the charming culture and natural beauty of Thailand." said Cmdr. Chris Cavanaugh, Albuquerque's commanding officer.

Measuring more than 360 feet long and weighing more than 6,900 tons when submerged, Albuquerque is one of the most technologically advanced submarines in the world. The ship is capable of supporting a variety of missions including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, intelligence collection, and mine warfare.

"We have worked hard over the past several months in both preparation for and execution of this deployment," said Command Master Chief Richard Penny, chief of the boat. "This port visit will be a great opportunity for our crew to get some much needed rest and relaxation, and take the time to enjoy everything that Thailand has to offer."

For most of the crew members, this is their first time visiting Thailand.

"I've always dreamed of visiting Thailand," said Yeoman Seaman Garcia. "I'm looking forward to indulging in Thailand's unique heritage."

Albuquerque is the second U.S. warship to be named after the namesake town in New Mexico. She is homeported in San Diego.

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