Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Bremerton (SSN 698) returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, June 15, following a successful completion of her six-month Western Pacific deployment.
Bremerton’s commanding officer Cmdr. Wes Bringham praised his crew for their performance and determination throughout the deployment.
One of the highlights of the deployment was participating in two bilateral exercises with the Republic of Korea Navy, exercises Foal Eagle and Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Readiness and Evaluation Measurement (SHAREM), to further ties with the U.S. Pacific ally, Bringham said.
Thirteen sailors advanced in rank, and 19 earned their submarine warfare qualifications, which allows them to wear the submarine warfare insignia and shows others they have mastered overall submarine warfare knowledge.
Bremerton has completed 15 Western Pacific deployments throughout her 35-years of service, said Bringham. As the oldest commissioned Los Angeles-class submarine, she proved her fighting spirit while she steamed more than 30,000 nautical miles to complete her missions.