USS Dallas Returns from Six-month Deployment
GROTON, Conn. – Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Dallas (SSN 700) returned to Naval Submarine Base New London, Dec. 14, following a regularly scheduled six-month deployment.
Dallas, which departed for deployment, June 14, conducted operations in the Central Command area of responsibility, supporting national security interests and Maritime Security Operations.
"I'm extremely proud of the Dallas and our Sailors. I've never seen a crew more dedicated and committed to the mission, whether that was operating submerged in a challenging littoral environment or serving as ambassadors of our Navy while on liberty," said Cmdr. George Arnold, commanding officer, USS Dallas.
During the deployment, Dallas visited ports in Rota, Spain; Toulon, France; Bahrain; Diego Garcia; Fujairah, Jebal Ali and United Arab Emirates.
"The support we receiving throughout our deployment was phenomenal," said Arnold. "We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Submarine Force leadership, 5th and 6th Fleets for their superb assistance, advice and guidance."
Arnold added that taking care of the Sailors' families was a huge undertaking but superbly accomplished by the Dallas Ombudsman.
"On the home front, our Ombudsman, Jill Henry and the Family Readiness Group were truly remarkable. I can't say enough about how they took care of the families and our Sailors," said Arnold.
Henry discussed the support role both the ombudsman and the families perform while their spouses are deployed.
"I do my best to support and encourage the families so that they are able to stay positive and focused here at home," said Henry.
Henry added that it was nice to have Santa aboard USS Dallas as the submarine moored at Naval Submarine Base New London.
With a successful deployment completed, Arnold discussed the team effort by everyone involved from sea to shore.
"It's important to recognize the significant contribution provided by dedicated Sailors working on Naval Submarine Base New London," said Arnold. "The Regional Support Group and Naval Submarine Support Facility worked many long hours to ensure Dallas deployed in great material condition and they provided the technical support, parts and assistance to keep us in top shape while on station."
Arnold added that the backbone of their success was the training and advice from the Submarine Squadron Two and Naval Submarine School.
"The training and advice provided by Submarine Squadron Two and Naval Submarine School were essential; they helped us develop the skills and perspective to succeed in all of our endeavors," said Arnold.
This month, Naval Submarine Base New London will welcome another returning Los Angeles-class attack submarine, USS Miami (SSN 755), which will return to Groton on Dec. 15.
Dallas, built by Newport News Shipbuilding and General Dynamics Electric Boat Division, is the first Navy vessel to bear the name of the City of Dallas, Texas.
111214-N-AW342-106 GROTON, Conn., (Dec. 14, 2011) - USS Dallas (SSN 700) Sailors rush to meet their families on the pier. The Los Angeles class fast-attack submarine has just returned from their regularly scheduled six-month deployment. (U.S. Navy photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Virginia K. Schaefer/Released)
111214-N-AW342-132 GROTON, Conn., (Dec. 14, 2011) - Sonar Technician Submarine 1st Class (SS) Patrick Fonner spends his first moments back from deployment with daughters, Rebecca and Erin. Fonner is attached to the Los Angeles class fast-attack submarine USS Dallas (SSN 700) just returned from a regularly scheduled six-month deployment. (U.S. Navy photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Virginia K. Schaefer/Released)
For more downloadable photos check out USS Dallas' Homecoming album on Flickr.