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Commander, Submarine Group Two


 
 

   Memphis Returns Home for the Holidays

The Los Angeles-class submarine USS Memphis (SSN 691) returned to Naval Submarine Base New London Saturday, Nov. 21 after a seven-month deployment with the USS Bataan (LHD 5) Expeditionary Strike Group in the U.S. European and Central Command areas of responsibility.

 For the Sailors aboard, it was more than just a homecoming; it was an opportunity to be with the family for the holidays.

 “We’re going to Disney World,” said first hug recipient Megan Jackson. “Our daughter Kandyce turns five on Thanksgiving Day, so it’s dinner with the princesses this year. She is so excited that Daddy gets to be there too.”

 First kiss winner Sara Gates had to contend with her own fears amid the excitement.

 “I promised myself I wouldn’t cry,” she said. “It’s been so long. Two hundred and four days but who’s counting.”

 Memphis commanding officer Cmdr. Glenn Pendrick may have counted days; he definitely counted the miles.

 “We traveled nearly 42,000 miles,” said Pendrick. “The crew did an outstanding job throughout our time away, and I am incredibly proud of their accomplishments.”

 Attack submarines like Memphis are designed to seek and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships; project power ashore with Tomahawk cruise missiles and special operation forces; carry out intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions; support carrier strike groups; and engage in mine warfare.

 

High Resolution photos with captions

 

091121-N-5339S-4494 GROTON, Conn. (November 21, 2009) – Los Angeles-class submarine USS Memphis (SSN 691) returns to Naval Submarine Base New London following a scheduled deployment with the USS Bataan (LHD 5) Expeditionary Strike Group. Memphis supported operations vital to national security in the U.S. European and Central Command areas of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Electronics Technician First Class John Sabados.

 

 

091121-N-5339S-4538 GROTON, Conn. (November 21, 2009) – Line handlers aboard USS Memphis (SSN 691) wait to pull pier side as the Los Angeles-class attack submarine returns to Naval Submarine Base New London following a seven month deployment. Memphis deployed to the U.S. European and Central Command areas of responsibility with the USS Bataan (LHD 5) Expeditionary Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo by Electronics Technician First Class John Sabados.

 

091121-N-5339S-4634 GROTON, Conn. (November 21, 2009) – The forward line handlers aboard Los Angeles-class submarine USS Memphis (SSN 691) prepare to moor at Naval Submarine Base New London following a scheduled deployment with the USS Bataan (LHD 5) Expeditionary Strike Group. Memphis visited ports in Portsmouth, United Kingdom, Toulon, France, and Bahrain during the deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Electronics Technician First Class John Sabados.

 

091121-N-5339S-4750 GROTON, Conn. (November 21, 2009) – Sara Gates greets her husband, Machinists Mate Second Class Sean Gates with the traditional “first kiss” during the Los Angeles-class submarine USS Memphis (SSN 691) homecoming to Naval Submarine Base New London. Memphis returned following a seven month deployment with the USS Bataan (LHD 5) Expeditionary Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo by Electronics Technician First Class John Sabados.

 

 

091121-N-5339S-4802 GROTON, Conn. (November 21, 2009) – Machinists Mate Second Class Robert Jackson greets his family, wife Megan; four-year-old Kandyce; and 16 month-old R.J. with the “first hug” at the Los Angeles-class submarine USS Memphis (SSN 691) homecoming to Naval Submarine Base New London. Memphis returned following a seven month deployment to the U.S. European and Central Command areas of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Electronics Technician First Class John Sabados.