USS Pittsburgh Returns Home From Deployment
GROTON, Conn. – Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) returned to waiting loved ones at Naval Submarine Base New London October 15.
Pittsburgh, which departed April 1 for a six-month deployment, conducted operations in the European Command area of responsibility.
"It's great to see all the families here. Six months is a long time to be out to sea on a submarine, so its nice to come home and know your are appreciated, missed, and made to feel welcome again," said Cmdr. Michael Savageaux, Pittsburgh’s commanding officer.
An enlisted crew member and officer were chosen to receive the traditional first kiss. They were Electronics Technician 3rd Class Loren Trover and his wife Andrea; and, Lt. Cmdr. Sean Stein and his wife Nina. Emily, daughter of Senior Chief Fire Control Technician David Fennell received the first hug.
While waiting, the families had some very similar thoughts.
It's great that they're back," said Nina Stein. 'It's supposidly cold outside today, but I feel really warm inside."
Andrea Trover agreed. "Now if I can only keep it together for these last few minutes everything will be all right," she said.
Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Zachary Shafer was met with a first as well. He met his newest child, Jesse, for the first time. She was born while Pittsburgh was deployed.
"It's great to be back," said Shafer. "Now I get to work on a relationship with my daughter. Hopefully, we can get her to the point where she doesn't cry when I pick her up."
Pittsburgh’s crew was able to enjoy some European culture while visiting ports in Faslane, Scotland; Haakonsvern, Norway; Brest, France; and Portsmouth, England. The submarine steamed about 30,000 miles during her deployment.
Fast-attack submarines like Pittsburgh 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.
The submarine, commissioned Nov. 23, 1985, is the fourth Navy vessel to be named for the people of Pittsburgh, Pa. The submarine’s crew compliment includes 13 officers and 121 enlisted Sailors.
101015-N-3090M-050 GROTON, Conn. (October 15, 2010) – Friends and family of Sailors aboard Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) wave signs, chant, and yell as the submarine returns to Naval Submarine Base New London following a scheduled six-month deployment. Pittsburgh conducted missions in the European Command area of operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers.
101015-N-3090M-079 GROTON, Conn. (October 15, 2010) – Lt. Cmdr. Sean Stein and his wife, Nina, share the traditional first kiss during the homecoming of USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) to Naval Submarine Base New London. The Los Angeles-class attack submarine conducted missions in the European Command area of operations during her six-month deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers.
101015-N-3090M-099 GROTON, Conn. (October 15, 2010) – Machinists Mate 1st Class Zachary Shafer holds his daughter, Jesse, for the first time during the USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) homecoming at Naval Submarine Base New London. Jesse was born while the Los Angeles-class submarine was deployed to the European Command area of operations. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers.