Good story on the Navy web site about USS Sante Fe (SSN 763) returning home last week (Feb 9th) from an IO deployment. During the deployment, she participated in the Exercise Malabar 2005 with the Indian Navy, which was the biggest U.S.-Indian bilat to date.
One interesting tidbit in the article did catch my eye -- in addition to talking about "CNO-directed missions" the article claims that Sante Fe was "the first submarine to cross (the)Andaman Sea submerged". I suppose that's possible, but I'm skeptical. The Andaman Sea goes from the end of the Straits of Malacca out to the Andaman Islands. Many submarines do go through the Straits on the surface (we did on Topeka back in '92) but I seem to remember submerging before we entered the Andaman Sea on our way to the Gulf, and many other subs have taken the same route. I suppose it's possible that Sante Fe just submerged earlier...
In any event, it looks like the officers and crew of USS Sante Fe did a great job on their deployment, and hopefully they'll have a good time back home.
Bell-ringer 2238 18 Feb: Chap calls me out on my spelling of USS Santa Fe, so I did some research. SubPac has used both spellings; "Sante Fe" here, and "Santa Fe" on the more "official" boat page. It also has the ship's seal there, which spells it "Santa". Undersea Warfare magazine uses both spellings in this "Downlink". To figure out the real answer, I went to the Naval Vessel Register website, and saw that they used the Clausian spelling. Additionally, the official city website for Santa Fe, New Mexico, uses "Santa", so I suppose that's the right answer.
In my defense, the article I originally linked, from navy.mil, used "Sante" in the body of the story (but not the title); additionally, I'm an Engineer, so I can be excused for not knowing how to spell.