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Commander, Submarine Group Two


 
 
GROTON, Conn. (August 27, 2010) – Friends and family
welcome home the Sailors of Los Angeles-class attack
submarine USS Annapolis (SSN 760). Annapolis returned
to Naval Submarine Base New London following a six-month
deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication
Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers.

USS Annapolis Returns from Deployment

GROTON, Conn. – Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Annapolis (SSN 760) returned to Naval Submarine Base New London on Aug. 27 following a regularly scheduled six-month deployment.

Annapolis, which departed for deployment, Feb. 26, conducted operations in the Central Command area of responsibility, supporting national security interests and Maritime Security Operations.

Commanded by Cmdr. John Gearhart, Annapolis visited ports in Bahrain; Fajahra and Jebal Ali, United Arab Emirates; Goa, India and Toulon, France.
 

"What really made the mission work is what you see here today," said Gearhart, referring to the family members lining the pier to welcome the submarine crew home.  "Our families support us and the exceptional sacrifice that they put forth enable us to go out, be successful and do the job that we need to do."

Annapolis and her crew steamed more than 30,000 miles during the deployment, which is similar to traveling from Groton to Los Angeles and back five times. 

During the deployment, Scott Stephenson became a dad when his wife, Leslie, gave birth to their daughter Mikala, the couple's first child.

"It feels great. It's been a while waiting to meet my daughter.  It was well worth it," said Scott Stephenson, who saw his daughter for the first time upon returning to Groton. "She looks better than the pictures. She's beautiful."

"It's been quite an adventure," said his wife Leslie, "but I'm just so thankful that he's home."

Other homecoming firsts included Riley Bradovich receiving the tradtional first hug from his father, Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Jared Bradovich, and Machinist's Mate 1st Class Terence Holcomb giving the traditional first kiss to his wife Alison Hansen.  

Fast-attack submarines like Annapolis 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, built by Newport News Shipbuilding and General Dynamics Electric Boat Division, is the fourth Navy vessel to be named for the people of Annapolis, Maryland, home of the United States Naval Academy. The submarine’s crew compliment includes 13 officers and 121 enlisted Sailors.

Partners who helped coordinate the Annapolis homecoming include Dunkin Donuts, the USO and the Navy League.  The Family Readiness Group acquired children's activities through Morale, Welfare and Readiness (MWR). 

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100827-N-3090M-231 GROTON, Conn. (August 27, 2010) – Los Angeles-class attack submarine  USS Annapolis (SSN 760) returns home to Naval Submarine Base New London following a six-month deployment to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers.
100827-N-3090M-265 GROTON, Conn. (August 27, 2010) - Master Chief Electronics Technician Andrew Smith, USS Annapolis (SSN 760) Chief of the Boat, prepares to start the mooring the Los Angeles-class submarine at Naval Submarine Base New London.  Annapolis returned Aug. 27 from a six-month deployment to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers.
100827-N-3090M-274 GROTON, Conn. (August 27, 2010) – Los Angeles-class attack submarine  USS Annapolis (SSN 760) returns home to Naval Submarine Base New London following a six-month deployment to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers.
100827-N-3090M-282 GROTON, Conn. (August 27, 2010) –A line handler aboard Los Angeles-class attack submarine  USS Annapolis (SSN 760) throws across the first line as the boat returns home to Naval Submarine Base New London following a six-month deployment to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers.
100827-N-3090M-287 GROTON, Conn. (August 27, 2010) – The United States flag is unfurled as the Los Angeles-class attack submarine  USS Annapolis (SSN 760) shifts colors during mooring. Annapolis returned home to Naval Submarine Base New London following a six-month deployment to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers.
100827-N-3090M-335 GROTON, Conn. (August 27, 2010) –Friends and families of Sailors stationed aboard Los Angeles-class attack submarine  USS Annapolis (SSN 760) hold signs while waiting for the boat to moor at Naval Submarine Base New London following a six-month deployment to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers.
100827-N-3090M-372 GROTON, Conn. (August 27, 2010) – Friends and family welcome home the Sailors of Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Annapolis (SSN 760). Annapolis returned home to Naval Submarine Base New London following a six-month deployment to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers.
100827-N-3090M-391 GROTON, Conn. (August 27, 2010) – Friends and family welcome home the Sailors of Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Annapolis (SSN 760). Annapolis returned home to Naval Submarine Base New London following a six-month deployment to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers.
100827-N-3090M-352 GROTON, Conn. (August 27, 2010) –Machinists Mate First Class Terence Holcomb receives the “First Kiss” from his wife, Alison, as Los Angeles-class attack submarine  USS Annapolis (SSN 760) returns home to Naval Submarine Base New London following a six-month deployment to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers.