USS Greeneville returns from western Pacific deployment

Chief Electronics Technician (SS) Bobby Gibbs is greeted with a kiss by his wife as he is the first to disembark when the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Greeneville (SSN 772) returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on March 11. The submarine completed a six-month deployment to the western Pacific region. Greeneville departed Pearl Harbor on Sept. 10, 2010 on her western Pacific deployment, the first in more than three years.

Chief Electronics Technician (SS) Bobby Gibbs is greeted with a kiss by his wife as he is the first to disembark when the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Greeneville (SSN 772) returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on March 11. The submarine completed a six-month deployment to the western Pacific region. Greeneville departed Pearl Harbor on Sept. 10, 2010 on her western Pacific deployment, the first in more than three years.

Story and photo by MC2 Ronald Gutridge

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

The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Greeneville (SSN 772) returned to Joint Base Pearl HarborHickam on March 11 after a scheduled sixmonth deployment to the western Pacific region.

“This deployment provided an outstanding opportunity for our young Sailors to learn and experience life on a submarine in a real-world environment,” said Cmdr. Anthony Carullo, Greeneville commanding officer. “They saw firsthand the importance of their many hours of hard work and training leading up to this deployment.”

Greeneville departed Pearl Harbor on Sept. 10, 2010 on her western Pacific deployment, the first in more than three years. The crew experienced the dynamic operational environment of the western Pacific and returned with a wealth of submarine experience and advanced qualifications.

Twenty-five Sailors became submarine-qualified and are now authorized to wear the submarine warfare insignia or “dolphins.”

“I could not be more proud of my crew. They used this opportunity to further their training and become professional submariners,” Carullo said.

Over the course of the deployment, Greeneville completed multiple missions in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

Greeneville is the 61st Los Angeles-class submarine and the 22nd improved Los Angeles-class attack submarine. Commissioned in 1996, Greeneville is the first ship of the United States Navy to be named after a small town in eastern Tennessee.

Los Angeles-class submarines are ideally suited for covert surveil-lance, intelligence gathering and special forces 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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