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Albuquerque Visits Australia During Final Deployment

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS150224-04
Release Date: 2/24/2015 8:35:00 AM

By Lt. j.g. Justin Lemon, USS Albuquerque Public Affairs

STIRLING, Australia (NNS) -- The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) arrived at Stirling, Australia, Feb. 24, for a scheduled visit as part of Albuquerque's final deployment before being decommissioned.

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.

'Our presence in the region signifies the continued strong relationship between the United States and Australia,' said Cmdr. Trent Hesslink, Albuquerque's commanding officer. 'U.S. submariners dream of visiting Western Australia for its great people, weather, and hospitality.'

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, reconnaissance, and mine warfare.

While discussing all the opportunities and sights in Stirling, Albuquerque's Chief of the Boat, Senior Chief Fire Control Technician Brian Doyle said, 'The crew has been working hard in preparations for deployment. This port visit to Australia will allow some much deserved rest and relaxation for the crew.'

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

'Australia has been fascinating to me since I was a child,' said Fire Control Technician 2nd Class Joseph Milani. 'Having common founding roots, along with a plethora of amazing wildlife, it's exciting and new to someone who grew up in a rural area of the Midwest.'

Albuquerque is the second United States warship to be named after the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was launched on March 13, 1982, and commissioned on May 21, 1983. Albuquerque is the nineteenth ship in its class and is homeported in San Diego, California.

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