Commander, Submarine Group Two


USS Newport News departing Naval Station Norfolk, for deployment.



Newport News to Return From Deployment

NORFOLK, Va. – The Los Angeles fast-attack submarine USS Newport News (SSN 750) will return on 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 submarine steamed almost 40,000 nautical miles, nearly the equivalent of circumnavigating the globe twice.  The ship also conducted port visits to Toulon, France; Faslane, Scotland; Haakonsvern, Norway; Portsmouth, England; and Lisbon, Portugal.

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