The Los Angeles-class submarine USS Topeka (SSN 754) arrived at its new homeport of U.S. Naval Base Guam May 29.
Topeka is the fourth submarine assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron (CSS) 15 as part of the Navy’s long range plan to put the most advanced and capable units forward. Prior to arriving in Guam, Topeka completed an engineering overhaul at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Topeka, commissioned Oct. 21, 1989, is the third ship of the United States Navy named for the city of Topeka, Kansas, and is the fourth “improved” Los Angeles-class submarine. Modifications of this class include retractable bow planes, a reinforced sail for under ice operations, vertical launch Tomahawk Cruise Missile capability, ship quieting enhancements, and an integrated combat systems suite.
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