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Commander, Submarine Group Two


 
 
110915-N-JB219-176 NORFOLK (Sept. 15, 2011) Lt. Jason Chuma, from
Merrittstown, Penn. and assigned to the Los Angeles-attack submarine USS
Newport News (SSN 750) receives the traditional first kiss from his girlfriend,
Sallie Chase.  Newport News returned today to its homeport at Naval Station
Norfolk from a regularly scheduled deployment.  Commanded by Cmdr. J.
Carl Hartsfield, the submarine conducted Maritime Security Operations while
supporting the Chief of Naval Operation's Maritime Strategy in the European
Command area of responsibility.  While deployed the ship visited Toulon,
France; Faslane, Scotland; Haakonsvern, Norway; Portsmouth, England;
and Lisbon, Portugal.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist
2nd Class Danna M. Morris/Released)
 

Newport News Home From Deployment

NORFOLK, Va. – The Los Angeles fast-attack submarine USS Newport News (SSN 750) returned from a regularly scheduled deployment to Naval Station Norfolk, Thursday, September 15, at 2 p.m.

Newport News is commanded by Cmdr. J. Carl Hartsfield, who became the submarine’s 11th commanding officer on April 20, 2010.   While deployed, the crew of Newport News executed the Chief of Naval Operation’s Maritime Strategy in supporting national security interests and Maritime Security Operations.

During the deployment the ship conducted port visits to Toulon, France; Faslane, Scotland; Haakonsvern, Norway; Portsmouth, England; and Lisbon, Portugal.

“USS Newport News steamed almost 40,000 nautical miles during our 2011 deployment, nearly the equivalent of circumnavigating the globe twice,” said Hartsfield.  “We visited France, Scotland, Norway, England, and Portugal while completing almost seven months in the European Command Theater of Operations.  We acted respectfully and responsibly in all foreign ports doing our very best to spread American appreciation and good will.

“Our crew’s pre-deployment operations included preparing the ship, ourselves, and our families for an extended deployment.  As a result, Newport News did not lose a single mission day to maintenance, personnel or family issues.  Taking the investment of the American people in our ship and crew very seriously, we worked extremely hard to deliver absolute maximum capability in theater.  Our Sailors look forward to reunions with their loved ones who calmly endured every home front situation, including Hurricane Irene.”

Fast-attack submarines like Newport News 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.

Newport News has a crew complement of 15 officers and 127 enlisted.  The submarine, the eighth ship to bear the name of the Virginia shipbuilding city, is 360 feet long, displaces 6,900 tons of water, and can travel in excess of 20 knots.

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

 

110915-N-JB219-087 NORFOLK (Sept. 15, 2011) The Los Angeles-attack submarine USS Newport News (SSN 750) returned to its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk today from a regularly scheduled deployment.  Commanded by Cmdr. J. Carl Hartsfield, the submarine conducted Maritime Security Operations while supporting the Chief of Naval Operation's Maritime Strategy in the European Command area of responsibility.  While deployed the ship visited Toulon, France; Faslane, Scotland; Haakonsvern, Norway; Portsmouth, England; and Lisbon, Portugal.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Danna M. Morris/Released)

 

 

110915-N-JB219-245 NORFOLK (Sept. 15, 2011) Yeoman 1st Class Petty Officer Gary L. Dodson, from Dallas Tx. and assigned to the Los Angeles-attack submarine USS Newport News (SSN 750) holds his son for the first time upon his return from deployment.  Newport News returned today to its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk from a regularly scheduled deployment.  Commanded by Cmdr. J. Carl Hartsfield, the submarine conducted Maritime Security Operations while supporting the Chief of Naval Operation's Maritime Strategy in the European Command area of responsibility.  While deployed the ship visited Toulon, France; Faslane, Scotland; Haakonsvern, Norway; Portsmouth, England; and Lisbon, Portugal.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Danna M. Morris/Released)