GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- Virginia-class attack submarine USS Missouri (SSN 780) returned home to Groton, Conn., June 8, after completing an 11-week surge deployment overseas.
Missouri's crew of more than 140 officers and enlisted personnel departed March 24 to conduct assigned theater security missions in the U.S. European Command region.
Cmdr. Michael Luckett, Missouri's commanding officer, said his team excelled.
"I am proud and they should be proud of what they accomplished," he said.
Luckett challenged his team to "sustain the standard of excellence" when Missouri completed an inaugural six-month deployment last December. Today he said the crew met that challenge thoughout the ship's second overseas stint.
Submarine force leaders sent congratulatory messages to the crew days before Missouri arrived home.
"Our citizens are frequently unaware of the sacrifices that our submarine force makes to support our nation," wrote Vice Adm. Michael Connor, commander, Submarine Forces. "As your force commander, I am grateful and humbled by the sacrifices made by the crew and families of Missouri."
Rear Adm. Ken Perry, commander of Submarine Group 2, said Missouri demonstrated "readiness and responsiveness" when it answered the nation's call to go back out and conduct forward operations only three months after returning from the 2013 deployment.
Missouri is equipped to conduct covert surveillance, attack land targets with Tomahawk cruise missiles, support special forces, and hunt other ships and submarines.
It is the Navy's seventh Virginia-class submarine and fifth vessel named for the nation's 24th state.
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