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USS Cheyenne Returns from Western Pacific Deployment

01 October 2011

From Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ronald Gutridge, COMSUBPAC

The submarine returned to Hawaii Sept. 30 following a six-month Western Pacific deployment.

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - Los Angeles-class submarine USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Sept. 30, from a scheduled six-month deployment to the Western Pacific region.

Cheyenne's commanding officer, Cmdr. Gary Rogeness, commented that the crew performed extremely well for the entire deployment.

"I am very proud of the accomplishments of the crew of Cheyenne during this past six months. They all preformed amazingly." said Rogeness. "This was a very successful deployment from the standpoint of we are all home safe with our families."

Cheyenne departed Pearl Harbor April 1, 2011 on her Western Pacific deployment. The crew experienced the dynamic operational environment of the Western Pacific and returned with a wealth of submarine experience and advanced qualifications, which included 31 Sailors that became submarine qualified and are now authorized to wear the Submarine Warfare insignia or "Dolphins."

For many crewmembers of Cheyenne, this deployment was their first where according to Rogeness, they accomplished the mission tasking with a lot of drive and determination. The Crew also experienced many different cultures and lifestyles during their port visits to Saipan, Singapore, Guam, and Japan.

"The crewmembers really did a great job of being ambassadors for the Navy and the United States," said Rogeness. "Their representation during our stops gave us the ability to strengthen ties between the Navy and the local communities."

Cheyenne is the third ship to be named for Cheyenne, Wyoming. Her keel was laid down July 1992 by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia. She was launched April 16, 1995 sponsored by Mrs. Ann Simpson, wife of Wyoming Senator Alan K. Simpson, and commissioned September 13, 1996, with Commander Peter H. Ozimik in command. Cheyenne is 361-feet long and displaces 6,900 tons. Los Angeles-class submarines are ideally suited for covert 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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