Attack submarine USS San Juan returns from deployment

USS San Juan in Naval Submarine Base New London, Connecticut. Photo: US Navy

U.S. Navy’s Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS San Juan (SSN-751) returned to its homeport at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut, from a regularly scheduled deployment.

Under the command of Cmdr. John Craddock, San Juan and her crew returned from a deployment to the U.S. European Command areas of responsibility.

During the deployment San Juan steamed approximately 38,000 nautical miles, or 43,730 statute miles — equal to approximately 1.75 trips around the world at the equator or approximately 7.5 round trips between New London, Connecticut, and San Diego. San Juan supported diplomatic relationships by conducting port visits in Haakonsvern, Norway; Faslane, Scotland; and Rota, Spain.

“I could not be more proud of this crew and all they accomplished on our deployment,” said Craddock. “I asked them to perform some of the most challenging operations the submarine force undertakes and they exceeded my expectations every time.”

During San Juan’s deployment, 12 Sailors were promoted to the next higher pay grade, including one to chief petty officer. Eight officers were also promoted to the next higher pay grade. Seventeen sailors completed their enlisted submarine warfare qualifications and five officers also completed their officer submarine warfare qualifications, which allows them to wear their silver and gold dolphins.

Commissioned August 6, 1988, San Juan is the 63rd Los Angeles-class submarine and the third U.S. Navy ship to bear the name. It displaces 6,900 tons, measures 360 feet long, with a beam of 33 feet. Los Angeles-class submarines have a crew of approximately 143, consisting of 16 officers and 127 enlisted sailors.

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