USS Cheyenne departs for western Pacific deployment

Los Angeles-class submarine USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor- Hickam on April 1 for a regularly scheduled six-month deployment to the western Pacific region

Los Angeles-class submarine USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor- Hickam on April 1 for a regularly scheduled six-month deployment to the western Pacific region

Story and photo by MC2 Ronald Gutridge

Commander Submarine Force U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs Office

The Los Angeles-class submarine USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on April 1 for a scheduled six-month deployment to the western Pacific region.

Cmdr. Gary Rogeness, Cheyenne’s commanding officer, commented that the crew is extremely excited and well prepared to get underway.

“The crew has worked and trained very hard leading up to this deployment,” said Rogeness. “I have the utmost confidence that this will be a very successful deployment.”

For many crew members of Cheyenne, this deployment will be their first where, according to Rogeness, they will be conducting many training exercises and qualifications as well as being available for any tasking which comes their way.

“This deployment will be the first deployment for a majority of the crew,” said Rogeness. “Our goal is to maximize their training so they gain the most underway experience possible during our time at sea.”

Cheyenne is the third ship to be named for Cheyenne, Wyo. Her keel was laid down July 1992 by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Va. She was launched April 16, 1995, and sponsored by Ann Simpson, wife of Wyoming Sen. Alan K. Simpson, and commissioned Sept. 13, 1996, with Cmdr. Peter H. Ozimik in command.

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