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Oklahoma City visits Singapore during Indo-Pacific patrol

16 March 2018

From Ensign Evan Hughes, USS Oklahoma City

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine arrived in Singapore March 16 for a visit as part of a regional patrol.

SINGAPORE - The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) arrived in Singapore March 16 for a visit as part of its deployment to the Indo-Pacific.

With a crew of approximately 150, Oklahoma City will conduct a multitude of missions and maintain proficiency of the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet.

"Oklahoma City is a highly capable warship that has reliably answered the call of duty to defend the United States and her allies and partners around the world," said Cmdr. Thomas O'Donnell, Oklahoma City's commanding officer. "We stand by our motto 'The Sonner, The Better,' and will always execute the mission promptly and professionally when called upon."

"The crew has been working extremely hard to carry out our mission the best they can," said Master Chief Fire Control Technician Brandon Edmiston, Oklahoma City's chief of the boat. "I am sure they are all looking forward to resting, relaxing, and enjoying everything that Singapore has to offer."

For many of the crew members, this is their first time visiting Singapore.

"Part of the reason I joined the Navy was so that I could see the world and I am really excited to get to experience something new," said Culinary Specialist Seaman Jacob McCurnin. "Singapore has been at the top of my list for a while now."

Oklahoma City is one of the most capable and reliable submarines in the world. This submarine is able to support a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, strike and intelligence, and surveillance and reconnaissance.

Oklahoma City was commissioned in 1988 and has been a cornerstone of the U.S. Navy submarine fleet for 30 years. Oklahoma City is homeported in Guam.

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