Los Angeles-class submarine visits Singapore

USS Key West participating in exercise Guardian Sea 2017 in the Andaman Sea in May. Photo: US Navy

Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Key West (SSN 722) arrived in Singapore on June 1, becoming the latest in a row of U.S. Navy submarines to visit ports in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

Prior to USS Key West’s visit to Singapore, the U.S. Navy announced several port calls in Japan and South Korea made by submarines in the last two months.

With a crew of approximately 140, Key West is set to conduct a multitude of missions during her Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment.

“Operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region is what we do as part of the forward-deployed submarine force in Guam,” said Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Tembreull, executive officer. “This port visit to Singapore is an excellent opportunity for the crew to build upon our existing partnership while experiencing the rich culture of Singapore and beauty of this part of the world.”

Key West was commissioned on Sept. 12, 1987 and is the third ship of the U.S. Navy named for the city of Key West, Florida.

“This has been a very busy year for Key West and these men have worked very hard,” said Command Master Chief Eric Baker, chief of the boat. “They are ready for this well-deserved port visit after a successful training and exercise period, and are eager to explore and take in the culture and sights that Singapore has to offer.”

 

 

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