Attack submarine USS Key West returns from Western Pacific tasking

Sailors stationed onboard USS Key West (SSN 722) are greeted by two of the Miss Guams after returning home Oct. 25. Photo: US Navy

The U.S. Navy’s Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Key West returned to its homeport of Apra Harbor, Guam, after spending four and a half-months on a mission in the Western Pacific.

Under the command of Cmdr. David Coe, Key West conducted routine patrols throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and operated in conjunction with other U.S. Navy ships to conduct maritime security operations.

“My crew has done some incredible work these past months, defending the homeland and conducting other missions vital to national security,” said Coe.

Key West also conducted brief port visits in Yokosuka and Sasebo, Japan.

USS Key West was commissioned September 12, 1987, and is the third ship of the U.S. Navy named for the city of Key West, Florida. Measuring more than 360 feet long and displacing more than 6,900 tons, Key West has a crew of approximately 140 Sailors. Key West is capable of supporting various missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

The submarine is a member of Commander, Submarine Squadron (COMSUBRON) 15, which is located at Polaris Point in Apra Harbor, Guam. COMSUBRON 15 staff is responsible for providing training, material and personnel readiness support of four Los Angeles-class attack submarines and two submarine tenders stationed in Guam.

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