PORTSMOUTH NAVAL SHIPYARD, Maine – Attack submarine USS Miami (SSN 755) and her crew of 13 officers and 120 enlisted personnel arrived today at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
While at the shipyard, Miami will complete various maintenance work and several system upgrades. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard is committed to maximizing the material readiness of the Fleet by delivering on-time, affordable quality, safely achieved.
Miami is the third ship of the United States Navy named for the city of Miami and the fifth "Improved" Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered submarine. The improved modifications of this class include retractable bow planes, a reinforced sail for under ice operations, vertical launch Tomahawk Cruise Missile capability, ship quieting enhancements, and an integrated combat systems suite. Assigned to the Atlantic Fleet, Miami was commissioned June 30, 1990, and is homeported in Groton, Conn.
Miami recently conducted a five-month deployment from July to Dec. 2011, where the ship and crew conducted maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.
Miami’s Commanding Officer, Commander Roger E. Meyer, was raised in Blue Grass, Iowa, and graduated from Iowa State University in 1992 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Agricultural Engineering. After graduation he entered the Navy under the Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate program and attended Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I.
Cmdr. Meyer served onboard USS West Virginia (SSBN 736)(GOLD) and USS Maine (SSBN 741)(BLUE) completing three strategic deterrent patrols and earning the battle Efficiency "E" award and Meritorious Unit Commendation.
Following his tour on Maine, Cmdr. Meyer served as an Associate Professor of Naval Science at the Naval Reserve Officer Training Unit, University of Utah. During this tour he earned a Master’s of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Utah.
Cmdr. Meyer also served on USS L. Mendel Rivers (SSN 686) completing an Arctic Deployment, USS Tennessee (SSBN 734)(BLUE) completing five strategic deterrent patrols, USS Hartford (SSN 768), and USS Charlotte (SSN 766).
On Sept. 20, 2010, Cmdr. Meyer assumed command of USS Miami (SSN 755).
Miami’s host community is the city of Sanford, Maine.