USS San Francisco (SSN 711) transits San Diego Harbor while returning to Naval Base Point Loma, Feb. 9. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Kyle Carlstrom)

NAVAL BASE POINT LOMA, Calif. - The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS San Francisco (SSN 711) returned to its homeport Feb. 9 following an extended seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific.

Steaming more than 45,000 miles, San Francisco executed the Chief of Naval Operations' Maritime Strategy in supporting national security interests and maritime security operations.

San Francisco's commanding officer, Cmdr. Jeffrey Juergens, was quick to recognize the crew of San Francisco as being instrumental to the successful deployment.

"I couldn't be more proud of the crew", said Juergens. "They trained exceptionally hard in the months leading up to this deployment and it has shown. The crew executed their missions and tasking and now we're back home ready to spend some well-deserved time with our loved ones."

Port visits were conducted in Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territories; Agana, Guam; and Yokosuka, Japan.

For some Sailors, this was their first time away from home.

"I learned a lot about what submarines are really like," said Electronics Technician 3rd Class Julian Bravo. "I also enjoyed seeing other countries; Japan was definitely my favorite."

While deployed, San Francisco was awarded the 2014 Battle Efficiency 'Battle E' for Submarine Squadron 11 in an announcement made by Rear Adm. Phillip Sawyer, commander, Submarine Forces Pacific.

San Francisco was commissioned April 24, 1981. Measuring more than 360 feet long and displacing more than 6,900 tons, San Francisco has a crew of approximately 140 Sailors. San Francisco is capable of supporting various missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike warfare, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.

Family and friends await the return of USS San Francisco (SSN 711) (U.S. Navy/MC2 Kyle Carlstrom)