USS Cheyenne returns from western Pacific deployment

Electronics Technician 1st Class (SS) James Bowler is greeted with a kiss by his wife as the first Sailor to disembark when the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Sept. 30 after completing a six-month deployment to the western Pacific region.

Story and photos by MC2 Ronald Gutridge

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

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

Cmdr. Gary Rogeness, Cheyenne’s commanding officer, 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 performed amazingly,” Rogeness said. “This was a very successful deployment from the standpoint of we are all home safe with our families.”

Cheyenne departed Pearl Harbor on April 1 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, including 31 Sailors who became submarine-qualified and are now authorized to wear the submarine warfare insignia or “dolphins.”

For many crew members 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 port visits to Saipan, Singapore, Guam and Japan.

“The crew members really did a great job of being ambassadors for the Navy and the United States,” Rogeness said. “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, Wyo. Her keel was laid 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 Senator Alan K. Simpson.

Cheyenne was commissioned Sept. 13, 1996 with Cmdr. Peter H. Ozimik in command. Cheyenne is 361 feet long and displaces 6,900 tons. Los Angelesclass 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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