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USS San Juan Makes Historic Visit to South Africa
 
NAPLES, Italy, Nov 4, 2009 – The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS San Juan pulled into Simon's Town, South Africa, Nov. 4, setting the stage for a series of first-ever, at-sea engagements with the South African Navy submarine force.

"This historic visit is a sign of our continued friendship with South Africa and another important step in our efforts to work together in addressing maritime issues," said Cmdr Oliver Lewis, commanding officer of San Juan. "We appreciate the opportunity to work with a peer navy and submarine force, and believe both our Navy and [South Africa's] will benefit from this exchange."

During the visit, San Juan will be working with and learning from the South African navy in various maritime pursuits including regional security cooperation activities, military-to-military exchanges and community relations activities. The boat's commanding officer and senior staff will also conduct office calls with South African military leaders who have a vested interest in maritime safety and security.

San Juan, a fast-attack submarine home-ported in Groton, Conn., is on a regularly scheduled deployment to the 6th Fleet area of responsibility.

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SIMON'S TOWN, South Africa (November 4, 2009) - Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS San Juan arrives for a routine port visit. San Juan departed her homeport of Groton, Conn., earlier this month for deployment in support of maritime operations. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Holmes.

SIMON'S TOWN, South Africa (November 4, 2009) - USS San Juan (SSN 751), accompanied by two South African submarines, the SAS Charlotte Maxexe and the SAS Queen Modjadji 1, sails into False Bay. San Juan is currently making an historic visit to South Africa in order to conduct various maritime pursuits including regional security cooperation activities, military-to-military exchanges and community relations activities. Photo courtesy Mark Canning, U.S. consulate to Cape Town South Africa.

SIMON'S TOWN, South Africa (November 4, 2009) - USS San Juan (SSN 751), is maneuvered into place at the Simon's Town naval base outside Cape Town. San Juan is currently making an historic visit to South Africa in order to conduct various maritime pursuits including regional security cooperation activities, military-to-military exchanges and community relations activities.  Photo courtesy Mark Canning, U.S. consulate to Cape Town South Africa.