The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Olympia (SSN 717) returned Feb. 25 to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam from a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific.
Olympia completed an array of undersea operations and training evolutions, and worked with allied partners in several multinational exercises, thus improving the overall mission readiness of U.S. and allied forces.
The submarine’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Thomas Shugart, commended his crew for being great ambassadors on behalf of the nation.
In addition to gaining the experience of operating in the Western Pacific, the deployment afforded Sailors the opportunity to work on qualifications, and many Sailors got promoted.
USS Olympia is the second ship of the United States Navy to be named after Olympia, Washington. Commissioned on Nov. 17, 1984, Olympia is the 29th ship of the Los Angeles-class nuclear powered fast attack submarines. The submarine is 362-feet long, displaces 6,900 tons and can be armed with sophisticated Mark-48 torpedoes and Tomahawk cruise missiles.
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