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USS Greeneville Departs for Western Pacific

05 June 2012

From Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ronald Gutridge

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine departed Joint Base Pearl-Harbor Hickam June 5 for deployment.

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - Los Angeles-class submarine USS Greeneville (SSN 772) departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled Western Pacific (WESTPAC) deployment, June 5.

"We are fully ready to deploy and execute whatever tasking the operational commander requires," said Cmdr. Martin Muckian, USS Greeneville commanding officer. "We expect to be busy conducting both real world operations in support of U.S. national objectives and exercises with other U.S. forces and our allies in the region."

Since returning from her last Western Pacific deployment in March 2011, Greeneville has undergone maintenance and conducted training in preparation for this deployment.

"Greeneville is in outstanding condition from a material, personnel and training standpoint," said Muckian. "The crew is very excited for the deployment. They have worked extremely hard to prepare the submarine and they are ready to execute a wide range of missions."

This will be the first time deploying for many of Greeneville's Sailors, according to Muckian. This will be the first deployment for Machinist Mate Fireman Robert Quinsenberry, from Olathe, Kan. and who has been in the Navy for two years.

"I really don't know what to expect with this being my first deployment," said Quinsenberry. "My goal is to further my training and become submarine qualified and I know that I will succeed with the help of my fellow submariners."

Measuring 362 feet long, weighing 7,038 tons when submerged and a crew size of 152, Greeneville is one of the Navy's most technologically sophisticated submarines.

USS Greeneville is the 61st Los Angeles-class submarine and the 22nd Improved Los Angeles-class attack submarine. Commissioned in 1996, Greeneville is the first ship of the United States Navy to be named after a small town in eastern Tennessee.

Los Angeles-class submarines are ideally suited for covert surveillance, intelligence gathering and Special Forces missions. This stealth, when combined with the submarine's Tomahawk cruise missiles, mines and torpedoes, provide the operational commander with an unseen force multiplier.

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