Submarine USS Albuquerque Departs for Six-Month Deployment


Story Number: NNS130130-04Release Date: 1/30/2013 7:49:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Anthony Walker, USS Albuquerque Public Affairs

POINT LOMA, Calif. (NNS) -- USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) deployed today from Naval Base Point Loma for a scheduled six-month Western Pacific deployment.

The Los Angeles-class, fast-attack submarine's deployment is in support of the nation's maritime strategy.

Albuquerque's missions will focus on maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts, which help establish conditions for regional stability.

The deployment is part of an on-going rotation of deployed forces to support maritime security operations and operations in international waters around the globe, working with other coalition maritime forces. During the past few months, Albuquerque has conducted several training exercises off the coast of California and is fully prepared to deploy.

"I'm extremely proud of the crew's accomplishments in preparation for this deployment," said Cmdr. Chris Cavanaugh, commanding officer of USS Albuquerque. "We are ready for the most challenging submarine missions in the Western Pacific."

Albuquerque was commissioned May 21, 1983. Measuring more than 360 feet long and displacing more than 6,900 tons, Albuquerque has a crew of approximately 140 Sailors.

Albuquerque is capable of supporting various missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, surveillance, and reconnaissance. She is one of six Los Angeles-class submarines homeported in San Diego.

For more news from Commander, Submarine Squadron 11, visit www.navy.mil/local/css11/.

 
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The attack submarine USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) departs San Diego for a six-month deployment of the western Pacific.
130129-N-QC706-005 SAN DIEGO (Jan. 29, 2013) The attack submarine USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) departs San Diego for a six-month deployment of the western Pacific. Albuquerque was commissioned May 21, 1983 and is named after Albuquerque, New Mexico. Displacing more than 6,900 tons, Albuquerque has a crew of nearly 140 Sailors and is one of six Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarines homeported in San Diego. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Anthony Walker/Released)
January 30, 2013
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