Commander, Submarine Group Two

GROTON, Conn.  (April 8, 2011) Senior Chief Sonar Technician  Matthew
Lindsey of USS Providence (SSN 719) hugs his wife, Lisa, and daughter,
Riley, on the pier of Naval Submarine Base New London after his submarine
returned from a six-month deployment. 
USS Providence (SSN 719) Returns From Deployment  
GROTON, Conn. - Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Providence (SSN 719) returned to Naval Submarine Base New London on Apr. 8 following a regularly scheduled deployment.
During her deployment, which began Oct 8, 2010, Providence was called upon to assist in operations in support of Joint Task Force (JTF) Odyssey Dawn,
“We set out on a routine deployment, just like any of these other boats,” Cmdr. Raymond Gabriel, commanding officer of Providence, said along the pier at the submarine base.  “The crew performed exactly the way we were trained and did everything that the president and our commanders wanted us to do.”
JTF Odyssey Dawn, a U.S. Africa Command task force established to provide operational and tactical command and control of U.S. military forces supporting the international response to the unrest in Libya and enforcement of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, was disestablished March 30.
While deployed, Providence visited ports in Spain, Turkey and Gibraltar. Also seven babies were born to crew members while the submarine was away.
Fast-attack submarines like Providence 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.
Providence was commissioned on July 27, 1995. She is the fifth U.S. Navy warship named for the capitol of Rhode Island.  
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