San Juan Makes Historic Visit to South Africa

Story Number: NNS091105-02Release Date: 11/5/2009 7:33:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Holmes,

Commander, US Naval Forces Europe-Commander, US Naval Forces Africa/Commander, US 6th Fleet Public Affairs

NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS San Juan (SSN 751) pulled into Simon's Town, South Africa, Nov. 4, setting the stage for a series of first-ever, at-sea engagements with the South African Navy submarine force.

"This historic visit is a sign of our continued friendship with South Africa and another important step in our efforts to work together in addressing maritime issues," said Cmdr. Oliver Lewis, commanding officer of San Juan. "We appreciate the opportunity to work with a peer navy and submarine force, and believe both our Navy and [South Africa's] will benefit from this exchange."

During the visit, San Juan will be working with and learning from the South African Navy in various maritime pursuits including regional security cooperation activities, military-to-military exchanges and community relations activities. The boat's commanding officer and senior staff will also conduct office calls with South African military leaders who have a vested interest in maritime safety and security.

San Juan, a fast-attack submarine homeported in Groton, Conn., is on a regularly scheduled deployment to the 6th Fleet area of responsibility.

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Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS San Juan (SSN 751) arrives for a routine port visit.
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
May 29, 2007
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