Submarine USS Topeka Departs for Six-month Deployment


Story Number: NNS120306-22Release Date: 3/6/2012 10:38:00 PM
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From Commander, Submarine Squadron 11 Public Affairs

NAVAL BASE POINT LOMA, Calif. (NNS) -- USS Topeka (SSN 754) deployed from Naval Base Point Loma for a scheduled six-month western Pacific deployment March 6.

The Los Angeles-class, fast-attack submarine's deployment is in support of the Chief of Naval Operations' Maritime Strategy. Topeka'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 ongoing 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, Topeka has conducted several training exercises off the coast of California and is fully prepared to deploy.

"The Topeka crew and families have been hard at work to ensure the ship is fully prepared to execute all tasking during the deployment," said Cmdr. Jim Belz, commanding officer of Topeka. "A successful deployment is a culmination of a team effort of dedicated personnel on and off the ship. Every crew member is looking forward to the challenges of the deployment and to safely returning in the fall and reuniting with our supportive families."

USS Topeka is home to approximately 140 crew members. Topeka was commissioned Oct. 21, 1989 and is named in honor of Topeka, Kansas.

For more information about U.S. Navy submarines, visit http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=4100&tid=100&ct=4.

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

 
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Line handlers take in lines cast ashore from the submarine USS Topeka (SSN 754) as Topeka departs San Diego for a scheduled six-month western Pacific deployment
120306-N-HG315-001 SAN DIEGO (March 6, 2012) Line handlers take in lines cast ashore from the submarine USS Topeka (SSN 754) as Topeka departs San Diego for a scheduled six-month western Pacific deployment in support of the Chief of Naval Operations' Maritime Strategy, which includes maritime security, forward presence, sea control, and power projection. Topeka was commissioned Oct. 21, 1989 and is named after Topeka, Kansas. Displacing more than 6,900 tons, Topeka 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 Shannon Warner/Released)
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