Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Annapolis (SSN 760) returned to its homeport at U.S. Naval Submarine Base, New London from a regularly scheduled deployment on Thursday, Sept. 11.
Under the command of Cmdr. Chester T. Parks, Annapolis is returning from the European and Central Command areas of responsibility where the crew executed the Chief of Naval Operation’s Maritime Strategy in supporting national security interests and Maritime Security Operations.
Annapolis left its homeport in March, and during the deployment steamed more than 34,000 nautical miles. Port visits were conducted in Lisbon, Portugal; Rota, Spain; Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain; and Gibraltar, United Kingdom.
Fast-attack submarines like Annapolis have multi-faceted missions. They use their stealth, persistence, agility and firepower to deploy and support special forces operations, disrupt and destroy an adversary’s military and economic operations at sea, provide early strike from close proximity, and ensure undersea superiority.