Honolulu Warriors Return
By JO2 Cori Rhea, COMSUBPAC Public Affairs
nearly eight months on deployment, the attack submarine
USS Honolulu (SSN-718) returned to its namesake
home port on 13 April 2003.
originally departed Pearl Harbor for a six-month deployment
in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in August 2002.
According to Honolulu Commanding Officer CDR Charles
Harris, Honolulu laid the “ground work”
for all the other submarines in support of Operation
operated in difficult and challenging areas in the Gulf
with the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) and USS
Constellation (CV-63) battle groups, scouting
out good spots for other submarines to take station
and set up for strike operations.
was an incredible deployment,” said Harris.
he is proud of his crew and their accomplishments. “The
men did a great job,” he said. “They rose
to every challenge, and I never heard a complaint. They
took each new schedule extention in stride, because
what they were doing was important, and that boosted
their performance,” he continued.