The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Providence (SSN 719) returned to its homeport at U.S. Naval Submarine Base, New London from a regularly scheduled deployment on Friday, Oct. 9.
Under the command of Cmdr. Tony Grayson, Providence returned from the Central Command (CENTCOM) and European Command (EUCOM) Areas of Responsibility (AOR) where the crew executed the Chief of Naval Operation’s Maritime Strategy in supporting national security interests and Maritime Security Operations.
During the deployment Providence steamed more than 32,000 nautical miles, equal to traveling from New London, Connecticut, to San Diego and back seven times. Port visits were conducted in Duqm, Oman; Manama, Bahrain; Toulon, France and Rota, Spain.
Commissioned on July 27, 1985, Providence is the fifth ship to be named for Providence, Rhode Island, and was the Los Angeles-class submarine to be equipped with the Tomahawk missile Vertical Launch System (VLS). It is almost 362 feet long with a beam of almost 33 feet and draft of almost 31 feet.
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