Fast Attack Submarine, USS Jefferson City, Departs for the Western Pacific

Friday, April 11, 2014

Tokyo- (PanOrient News) Fast attack submarine, USS Jefferson City, departed Naval Base Point Loma for a scheduled six-month Western Pacific deployment to support the Chief of Naval Operations' Maritime Strategy, U.S. Navy said.

The Los Angeles-class deployment is assigned with missions that will focus on maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts, which help establish conditions for regional stability.

The deployment is part of an on-going rotation of deployed forces to support maritime security operations and operations in international waters around the globe, working with other coalition maritime forces, the U.S. Navy said noting that during the past few months, Jefferson City has conducted several training exercises off the coast of California and is fully prepared to deploy.

Jefferson City was commissioned Feb. 29, 1992. Measuring more than 360 feet long and displacing more than 6,900 tons, Jefferson City has a crew of approximately 140 Sailors.

Jefferson City is capable of supporting various missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, surveillance, and reconnaissance. She is one of six Los Angeles-class submarines homeported in San Diego and is commanded by Lt. Cmdr. John Croghan.

Fast attack submarines are designed to seek and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships. Their primary mission is to counter the treat of modern state-of-the-art non-nuclear submarines.

Photo: USS Jefferson City

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