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Commander, Submarine Group Two


 
 

Santa Brings Early Gift to USS Miami Families

GROTON, Conn. – Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Miami (SSN 755) returned home from deployment, Dec. 2, with a special guest riding along - Santa Claus.  The return ends an extended eight-month deployment for the crew to the U.S. European (EUCOM) area of responsibility (AOR).
 
Santa took time out of his busy schedule to bring the Sailors home to their families.  Once the boat docked, Santa passed out candy canes to the kids, including 7-year old Luke Regnet who gave the traditional “First Hug” to his father, Electronics Technician Second Class Don Regnet.  His wife, Tamar, had a special holiday gift of her own to give her husband – a “honey do” list.
 
“I’m just so glad that it’s over.  We’ve had three flat tires and all sorts of things breaking so I have quite a big to-do list for him,” said Mrs. Regnet.
 
During this deployment, crewmembers visited ports in Haakonsvern, Norway; Faslane, Scotland; and Portsmouth, United Kingdom.  While deployed, Miami conducted operations in support of missions that supported national security interests and maritime security operations.
 
“The crew was fantastic,” said Cmdr Dennis Boyer, USS Miami Commanding Officer.  “They were very well prepared by our squadron, staff and submarine school here.  They all did very well in preparing the ship for deployment.  It just went very smooth.”
 
Submarines like Miami bring stealth, agility, firepower, and endurance. They are multi-mission capable, providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and early strikes from close proximity.  Submarines also deploy and support special forces operations, disrupt and destroy an adversary's operations at sea and ensure undersea superiority.
 
The Miami is the third ship of the U.S. Navy named after the south Floridian city.  The first USS Miami was a side wheel, double-ended gunboat commissioned Jan. 29, 1862.  The second, a light cruiser, was built by the Cramp Shipbuilding Company in Philadelphia, Pa, commissioned Dec. 28, 1943.
 
Miami’s keel was laid Oct. 24, 1986.The submarine was launched Nov. 12, 1988 and commissioned June 30, 1990.

Photos Below

 

091202-N-5339S-495 GROTON, Conn. (December 2, 2009) – Los Angeles-class submarine USS Miami (SSN 755) travels up the Thames River  to Naval Submarine Base New London following a deployment to the U.S. European area of responsibility. Miami conducted port calls in Haakonsvern, Norway; Faslane, Scotland; and Portsmouth, United Kingdom. U.S. Navy photo by Electronics Technician John Sabados.

 

091202-N-5339S-497 GROTON, Conn. (December 2, 2009) – Los Angeles-class submarine USS Miami (SSN 755) travels up the Thames River  to Naval Submarine Base New London following a deployment to the U.S. European area of responsibility. Miami conducted port calls in Haakonsvern, Norway; Faslane, Scotland; and Portsmouth, United Kingdom. U.S. Navy photo by Electronics Technician John Sabados.

 

 

091202-N-5339S-519 GROTON, Conn. (December 2, 2009) – Los Angeles-class submarine USS Miami (SSN 755) prepares to moor at Naval Submarine Base New London following a deployment to the U.S. European area of responsibility.  U.S. Navy photo by Electronics Technician John Sabados.

 

091202-N-5339S-693 GROTON, Conn. (December 2, 2009) – Santa Claus stands aboard USS Miami (SSN 755) as the Los Angeles-class submarine moors at Naval Submarine Base New London following a deployment to the U.S. European area of responsibility. Santa took time out of his busy schedule to deliver a present to Miami families – loved ones! U.S. Navy photo by Electronics Technician John Sabados.

 

 

091202-N-5339S-552 GROTON, Conn. (December 2, 2009) – Electronics Technician Second Class Don Regnet hugs his wife, Tamar,  as Los Angeles-class submarineUSS Miami (SSN 755) returns to Naval Submarine Base New London following a deployment to the U.S. European area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Electronics Technician John Sabados.

 

 

091202-N-5339S-696 GROTON, Conn. (December 2, 2009) – Santa Claus distributes treats to USS Miami (SSN 755) friends and families during the Los Angeles-class submarines return to Naval Submarine Base New London following a deployment to the U.S. European area of responsibility. Santa took time out of his busy schedule to deliver an additional present to Miami families – loved ones! U.S. Navy photo by Electronics Technician John Sabados.