Pearl Harbor welcomes USS Chicago to new homeport

Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Chicago (SSN-721) makes its homecoming arrival at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, after completing a change of homeport from Guam, Sept. 28.

Story and photo by MC1 Daniel Hinton

COMSUBPAC Public Affairs

The Pearl Harbor submarine community welcomed the crew and families of the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Chicago (SSN 721) to Hawaii following a homeport change from Guam, Sept. 28.

“The crew and I were sad to leave Guam, but at the same time we’re excited to see our new home and start the next chapter for Chicago,” said Cmdr. Brian Turney, commanding officer of the submarine. “We are very happy to finally be in Hawaii and reunite with our families.”

Shifting a boat from one port to another can be a complicated task involving families, Sailors and many civilian and military organizations working together, and Chicago was no different.

“It took a lot of planning and communication across many organizations to accomplish this change of homeport,” Turney said.

Turney thanked the Chicago’s ombudsman Kalyn Kasten for her hard work ensuring families were taken care of during the transition.

“I just wanted to make sure all the families were squared away,” Kasten said. “That meant ensuring things like their pay was up-to-date, and they were met at the airport by someone.”

Kasten also said that while she loved Guam, she was excited to be in Hawaii and try new activities.

Chicago is scheduled for a maintenance period at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. Once complete, the boat will return to the fleet ready to support the nation as one of the most advanced submarines in the world.

Turney noted how effective the Chicago has been in recent operations while maintaining a robust schedule.

“Since 2012, Chicago served as the tip of the spear in Guam,” Turney said. “She steamed hundreds of thousands of nautical miles in support of national and Pacific Fleet objectives, and participated in numerous national and international exercises.”

Now that the boat has arrived in Pearl Harbor, the focus of the crew will shift to work in port and capitalize on local training opportunities.

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