The U.S. Navy’s Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) completed an eight-month engineering overhaul in San Diego, California and returned to its homeport of Apra Harbor, Guam, on December 8.
Commanded by Cmdr. Thomas O’Donnell, the Oklahoma City crew returned with the submarine from a docking selected restricted availability (DSRA) that was, according to the navy, completed on time and $4 million under budget.
“The crew has done an outstanding job during the DSRA,” said O’Donnell. “I’m incredibly proud of the work they have completed to ensure we are ready to respond when and where we are needed, and I know we are all excited to be home again with our families and friends.”
Oklahoma City was docked in the floating dry dock USS Arco (ARDM 5) in Point Loma for its overhaul, which included nuclear maintenance, a shaft replacement and a factory overhaul of the diesel generator. During the submarine’s time in San Diego, the crew also welcomed a new commanding officer with O’Donnell taking the helm in August.
Oklahoma City was commissioned July 9, 1988, and is the second ship of the U.S. Navy named for the capital of Oklahoma. Measuring more than 360 feet long and displacing more than 6,900 tons, the submarine has a crew of approximately 140 sailors.
Oklahoma City is a member of Commander, Submarine Squadron (COMSUBRON) 15, which is located at Polaris Point in Apra Harbor, Guam. COMSUBRON 15 staff is responsible for providing training, material and personnel readiness support of four Los Angeles-class attack submarines stationed in Guam. Polaris Point is also home to submarine tenders USS Frank Cable (AS 40) and USS Emory S. Land (AS 39).