US Navy’s Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Chicago (SSN 721) has completed her homeport change, arriving to Hawaii from Guam on September 28.
“The crew and I were sad to leave Guam, but at the same time we’re excited to see our new home and start the next chapter for Chicago,” said Cmdr. Brian Turney, commanding officer of the submarine. “We are very happy to finally be in Hawaii and reunited with our families.”
Shifting a boat from one port to another can be a complicated task involving, families, sailors and many civilian and military organizations working together, and Chicago was no different.
“It took a lot of planning and communication across many organizations to accomplish this change of home port,’ said Turney.
Chicago is scheduled for a maintenance period at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. Once complete, the boat will return to the fleet ready to support the nation as one of the most advanced submarines in the world.
Chicago was commissioned September 27, 1986, and is the Navy’s 34th Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine. Measuring 360 feet long and displacing more than 6,900 tons, Chicago has a crew of approximately 140 sailors.
The submarine is now assigned to Submarine Squadron 7 headquartered at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam.