NAVAL BASE POINT LOMA, Calif. (NNS) -- Friends and family of Sailors aboard the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Topeka (SSN 754) welcomed home Topeka's crew, Sept. 5, at Naval Base Point Loma, Calif., following a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific.
During the deployment, Topeka covered more than 35,000 nautical miles and executed missions vital to national security. Topeka also participated in U.S. and multinational naval exercises. The ship's port visits included Yokosuka, Japan; Republic of Singapore; and Guam.
Topeka Commanding Officer Cmdr. Jim Belz, said he is very proud of his crew and their accomplishments.
"I am extremely proud of the crew for their professionalism, motivation, and positive attitude throughout our deployment. Thanks to their hard work and the outstanding support we received from back home, we had a successful deployment and accomplished a great deal for the Navy and our nation," he said.
Topeka was commissioned Oct. 21, 1989. Measuring more than 360 feet long and displacing more than 6,900 tons, Topeka has a crew of nearly 140 Sailors. Topeka 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.
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