SUBIC BAY, Republic of the Philippines (NNS) -- Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Ohio (SSGN-726) arrived at Subic Bay, for the conclusion of its Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment.
"Our presence in the region provides a stabilizing force and through engagements with our partners, such as this port visit to Subic Bay, we aid in maintaining that stability," said Capt. Michael Lewis, commanding officer. "Our mission was to support the 7th Fleet commander in a multitude of operations and the crew of 165 came to the region fully ready to accomplish any and all missions. To be blunt, they performed admirably in all aspects. I could not be prouder of all they have accomplished."
The USS Ohio underwent an extensive conversion beginning in 2002 and became the nation's first guided-missile and special warfare submarine in 2006. It is capable of launching tomahawk missiles as well as inserting special operations forces into clandestine environments.
"This visit to Subic Bay provides our crew the opportunity to represent the best that America has to offer to the community and the Republic of the Philippines," said Master Chief Machinist's Mate William Catron, chief of the boat. "Many have never been to the Philippines and are looking forward to experiencing the local culture. As a crew we are happy to be here. Ohio crew members have worked very hard during deployment and it's time to enjoy some well-deserved liberty."
"I can't wait for this port visit," said Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Daniel Nagle. "I'm excited for the shopping opportunities and the food. I'm looking forward to eating balut."
Measuring more than 560 feet long and weighing more than 16,000 tons when submerged, Ohio is one of the largest submarines in the world. This submarine is capable of supporting a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, naval special warfare involving special operations forces, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, irregular warfare and mine warfare.
Ohio is the first Trident-class nuclear powered fleet ballistic submarine and the fourth United States vessel to bear the name of Ohio. The ship was converted to a guided-missile submarine in 2006 and is forward-deployed to Guam with the crews based in Bangor, Washington. Due to its sheer size, Ohio is capable of berthing more than 250 personnel and loading out for an extended period of time makes it a good choice as a special forces operations platform. With a payload of more than 100 Tomahawk missiles Ohio is also ideal for strike operations.
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