Submarines Pull Into Ports
Navy NewsStand has stories or pictures of two subs that pulled into ports this week. The first was USS Jefferson City (SSN 759), which returned to San Diego from a six month WestPac on Wednesday. I'm sure they did a good job, but the list of port visits -- Guam, Singapore, Hawaii, Yokosuka and Sasebo, Japan -- makes it look like CSG7 didn't go out of their way to get the crew any really "interesting" liberty ports. Heading all the way down to Singapore without getting an Australia, Hong Kong or Thailand stop kinda blows, IMHO.
The second was USS Hampton (SSN 767), which pulled into PEV on Monday for South Florida's Fleet Week USA. It looks like she's moored outboard of either a destroyer or cruiser -- one of my skimmer readers might know. It appears as though she just came down the coast from Norfolk for the port visit; she looks way too nice to have been out for very long: