Ships At Sea USS Olympia deploys with USS Carl Vinson strike group

(above) Sailors aboard USS Olympia (SSN-717) prepare to
get underway for a Western Pacific deployment. The nuclear-powered attack submarine joined the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) Strike Group.
(below) Sailors from Olympia and Mustin work to clear the Sugar King Estate.
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USS Olympia (SSN-717) departed for a six-month Western Pacific deployment from its homeport of Pearl Harbor on Feb. 7.

The nuclear-powered attack submarine will join the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) Strike Group heading into the Western Pacific.

According to CAPT David Marquett, COMSUBRON-3, Olympia spent more time at sea preparing for the deployment than normal. “Olympia is associated with the Carl Vinson Strike Group, so during the work-up Olympia’s crew was required to participate in exercises with the strike group in San Diego including Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX),” said Marquett.

On Feb. 23, more than 40 crewmembers from Olympia and USS Mustin (DDG-89) spent the day cleaning, clearing, and trimming the Sugar King Estate, a World War II memorial site in Saipan.

To commemorate the event, Saipan Mayor Juan Tudela awarded plaques to the two commanding officers, CDR Paul Marconi of Olympia and CDR Mike Ford of Mustin. Tudela also gave plaques to the leaders of the crewmembers who participated.


Cover of Undersea Warfare Magazine Winter 2005