SANTA RITA, Guam - Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) returned to its homeport of Naval Base Guam, June 29.
Oklahoma City, under the command of Cmdr. Thomas O’Donnell, conducted routine patrols throughout the Indo-Pacific region in support of maritime security operations that promote stability while maintaining key partnerships with allies across the region.
“We trained hard to ensure we were more than ready to accomplish any mission,” said O’Donnell. “I am incredibly proud of my crew’s hard work and dedication, and I know everyone is glad to be back home and spend time with family and friends TSTB – The Sooner, The Better!”
Oklahoma City celebrated the various achievements of its crew members in their professional development.
“We had 16 Sailors and three officers become submarine qualified, and 16 Sailors were frocked and four officer were promoted,” said Master Chief Fire Control Technician Brandon Edmiston, Oklahoma City’s chief of the boat. “The crew continues to challenge themselves professionally and personally, striving to always be better.”
Oklahoma City was commissioned July 9, 1988, and is the second ship of the U.S. Navy named for Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Measuring more than 360 feet long and displacing more than 6,900 tons, Oklahoma City has a crew of approximately 140 Sailors. Oklahoma City is capable of supporting various missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
Oklahoma City is assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron (COMSUBRON) 15, which is located at Polaris Point, Naval Base Guam, in Apra Harbor, Guam, and consists of four Los Angeles-class attack submarines. The COMSUBRON 15 staff is responsible for providing training, material and personnel readiness support to these commands. Also based out of Naval Base Guam are submarine tenders USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) and USS Frank Cable (AS 40). The submarines and tenders are maintained as part of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed submarine force and are capable of meeting global operational requirements.
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