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USS Texas Visits Subic Bay During Indo-Asia-Pacific Deployment

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS160108-02
Release Date: 1/8/2016 8:47:00 AM

By Lt. j.g. Eric Wooten, USS Texas Public Affairs

MANILA, Republic of the Philippines (NNS) -- Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Texas (SSN 775) arrived in Subic Bay Jan. 5 for a visit as part of its Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment.

With a crew of approximately 135, Texas conducts a multitude of missions to enhance proficiency of the submarine fleet.

Texas is the second submarine of its class commissioned by the United States and is operated by some of the Navy's finest and most well-trained officers and enlisted personnel.

'Texas Sailors are hardworking and downright dedicated,' said Master Chief Machinist's Mate Daniel Kloepfer, Texas's chief of the boat. 'Maintaining a forward-deployed nuclear submarine is not an easy task and Subic Bay will allow for some much deserved rest for the crew.'

For many crew members, this is their first visit to the Philippines.

'I can't wait to get to the Philippines for the first time,' said Electronics Technician 2nd Class Keagan Garber. 'I'm looking forward to exploring the great outdoors.'

Measuring more than 377 feet long and weighing more than 7,800 tons when submerged, Texas is one of the most technologically advanced submarines in the world. This submarine is capable of executing a multitude of missions including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, surveillance and reconnaissance, irregular warfare, mine warfare and shallow water operations.

Built in Newport News, Virginia, from 2002-2004, Texas established its home in Groton, Connecticut, before transferring to Pearl Harbor in 2009. The boat is sponsored by former first lady Laura Bush.

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