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Commander, Submarine Group Two


 
 
101222-N-7179M-058 NORFOLK (Dec. 22, 2010) Tugs prepare to push
the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764)
pierside at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., as it returns from a regularly
scheduled six-month deployment, Dec. 22, 2010.  While deployed,
the submarine conducted operations in the European Command
area of responsibility, supporting national security interests and
Maritime Security Operations in executing the Chief of Naval
Operation's Maritime Strategy. Commanded by Cmdr. Brian Sittlow,
Boise departed on deployment from Norfolk on June 22, 2010. (U.S.
Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Danna M. Morris/Released)

USS Boise Returns From Deployment

NORFOLK, Va. – With a jolly and joyous Santa Claus embarked, the Los Angeles fast-attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764) returned home today at Naval Station Norfolk just in time for the holidays from a regularly scheduled six-month deployment.  A hearty crowd of family and friends braved the chilly December air to greet their loved ones, who deployed from Norfolk on June 22.

Commanded by Cmdr. Brian Sittlow, Boise conducted operations in the European Command area of responsibility while supporting national security interests and Maritime Security Operations.  In executing the Chief of Naval Operation’s Maritime Strategy, Boise further demonstrated the submarine force’s great capability in providing global presence. 

“We were attached to the European Command, which is supported by the Navy’s Sixth Fleet,” said Sittlow.  “We were assigned exercises and operations by Sixth Fleet.  These events were conducted with our NATO partner nations in the waters of the Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea.”

Upon returning to its homeport in Norfolk, the submarine will have traveled approximately 23,000 nautical miles.  Port visits included Portsmouth, England; Faslane, Scotland; Bergen, Norway; and Brest, France.

“The Boise crew performed terrifically,” said Sittlow.  “They not only demonstrated safe and expert submarine skills on a daily basis at sea, but they also provided goodwill as terrific ambassadors for the U.S. Navy while enjoying liberty during our port calls throughout Europe.   Upon our return home, the crew will be afforded some well-deserved time off to reunite with their friends and families, especially during the joyous holiday season.”

Fast-attack submarines like Boise have multi-faceted missions.  They use their stealth, persistence, agility and firepower to deploy and support special force operations, disrupt and destroy an adversary’s military and economic operations at sea, provide early strike from close proximity, and ensure undersea superiority.

Nicknamed “A One Ship Fleet,” Boise is the second U.S. Navy ship to bear the name of Idaho’s capital city.  Built by Newport News Shipbuilding and General Dynamics Electric Boat Division, Boise was commissioned, November 7, 1992.  The 360-foot ship has a crew compliment of 13 officers and 121 enlisted Sailors.

For more information on the submarine force visit the Submarine Force web site at www.sublant.navy.mil.

 

101222-N-7179M-046 NORFOLK (Dec. 22, 2010) Children anxiously wait on the pier as the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764) comes into sight at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.  Boise returned to its homeport of Norfolk, Va., from a regularly scheduled six-month deployment, Dec. 22, 2010.  While deployed, the submarine conducted operations in the European Command area of responsibility, supporting national security interests and Maritime Security Operations in executing the Chief of Naval Operation's Maritime Strategy.  Commanded by Cmdr. Brian Sittlow, Boise departed on deployment from Norfolk on June 22, 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Danna M. Morris/Released)

 

101222-N-7179M-087 NORFOLK (Dec. 22, 2010) Leslie Sittlow, wife of commanding officer Cmdr. Brian Sittlow, waves from the pier as her husband's boat, the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764) prepares to moor pierside at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.  Boise returned to its homeport in Norfolk, Va., from a regularly scheduled six-month deployment, Dec.22, 2010. While deployed, the submarine conducted operations in the European Command area of responsibility, supporting national security interests and Maritime Security Operations in executing the Chief of Naval Operation's Maritime Strategy. Boise departed on deployment from Norfolk, Va., on June 22, 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Danna M. Morris/Released)

 

101222-N-7179M-154 NORFOLK (Dec. 22, 2010) Chief Machinist’s Mate (Submarines) Daniel S. Fannin receives the traditional first kiss from his wife, Beckie, after returning to Naval Station Norfolk from a regularly scheduled six-month deployment,  Dec. 22, 2010, aboard the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764).  While deployed, the submarine conducted operations in the European Command area of responsibility, supporting national security interests and Maritime Security Operations in executing the Chief of Naval Operation's Maritime Strategy. Commanded by Cmdr. Brian Sittlow, Boise departed on deployment from Norfolk on June 22, 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Danna M. Morris/Released)

 

101222-N-7179M-164 NORFOLK (Dec. 22, 2010) Cmdr. Brian L. Sittlow, commanding officer of the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764), greets his wife, Leslie, on the pier at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.  Boise returned to its homeport in Norfolk, Va., from a regularly scheduled six-month deployment, Dec. 22, 2010.  While deployed, the submarine conducted operations in the European Command area of responsibility, supporting national security interests and Maritime Security Operations in executing the Chief of Naval Operation's Maritime Strategy.  Boise departed on deployment from Norfolk, Va., on June 22, 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Danna M. Morris/Released)

 

101222-N-7179M-187 NORFOLK (Dec. 22, 2010) Lt. Lance Denham, a native of Seattle, greets his one-year old son, Merrick, on the pier at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., after returning from a regularly scheduled six-month deployment aboard the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764). Boise returned to its homeport in Norfolk, Va., Dec. 22, 2010.  While deployed, the submarine conducted operations in the European Command area of responsibility, supporting national security interests and Maritime Security Operations in executing the Chief of Naval Operation's Maritime Strategy. Commanded by Cmdr. Brian Sittlow, Boise departed on deployment from Norfolk, Va., on June 22, 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Danna M. Morris/Released)

 

101222-N-7179M-196 NORFOLK (Dec. 22, 2010) Sonar Technician Petty Officer Second Class (Submarines) Justin Landon greets his two-year old daughter, Lorelai, on the pier at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., after returning  from a regularly scheduled six-month deployment aboard the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764).  Boise returned to its homeport in Norfolk, Va., Dec. 22, 2010.  While deployed, the submarine conducted operations in the European Command area of responsibility, supporting national security interests and Maritime Security Operations in executing the Chief of Naval Operation's Maritime Strategy. Commanded by Cmdr. Brian Sittlow, Boise departed on deployment from Norfolk, Va.,  on June 22, 2010. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Danna M. Morris/Released)