USS Miami Receives Award for Historic Deployment
GROTON, Conn. – Los Angeles-class submarine USS Miami (SSN 755) today received a Navy Unit Commendation (NUC) for meritorious service during an historic eight-month deployment.
Rear Adm. Michael McLaughlin, Commander of Submarine Group Two, presented the award to the submarine, which was deployed to the U.S. European (EUCOM) area of responsibility (AOR).
“We did some research, and an Atlantic-based submarine has not received this award in the past two years,” said McLaughlin during the award presentation. “While your deployment was a long one, the significance of your accomplishments are felt. Good job to you and your crew.”
Cmdr. Dennis Boyer, Miami’s commanding officer, accepted the award on behalf of the crew.
“Once the crew understood the significance of our operations, they were very motivated throughout the entire eight months.”
Though much of the submarine's support during the deployment remains classified, “Miami presented invaluable intelligence for critical operational and policy planning decisions,” according to the commendation. In addition, “Miami provided a stealthy capability in remote waters that could only be accomplished by a specifically-configured submarine and a highly-trained submarine crew.”
During this deployment, crewmembers visited ports in Haakonsvern, Norway; Faslane, Scotland; and Portsmouth, United Kingdom. While deployed, Miami conducted operations in support of missions that supported national security interests and maritime security operations.
Submarines like Miami bring stealth, agility, firepower, and endurance. They are multi-mission capable, providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and early strikes from close proximity. Submarines also deploy and support special forces operations, disrupt and destroy an adversary's operations at sea and ensure undersea superiority.
The Miami is the third ship of the U.S. Navy named after the south Floridian city. The first USS Miami was a side wheel, double-ended gunboat commissioned Jan. 29, 1862. The second, a light cruiser, was built by the Cramp Shipbuilding Company in Philadelphia, Pa, commissioned Dec. 28, 1943.
Miami’s keel was laid Oct. 24, 1986. The submarine was launched Nov. 12, 1988 and commissioned June 30, 1990.
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