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Friday, February 02, 2007

USS Seawolf Returns To Groton... From WestPac

USS Seawolf (SSN 21) returned to Groton yesterday after a six-month Western Pacific deployment; this is the first time I can remember since probably the 70s that a LANTFLT boat did a complete WestPac and returned to her original homeport. [USS Boise (SSN 764) is apparently doing the same thing right now.] Although I haven't seen any confirmation, it's likely that Seawolf did a circumnavigation of North America during this deployment -- through the Arctic to get there, and through the Panama Canal on the way home. (Of course, they may have done the Arctic route both times; if they did, and they went through the Bering Straits in January, I'd say that's pretty good evidence of global warming.) The New London Day has an article on the homecoming:
Commissioned on Sept. 1, 1997, the Seawolf, which is the lead ship in its class, made ports of call in Japan, Singapore, Guam and Hawaii in its latest deployment.
The fast-attack submarine's Pacific deployment was the first of its kind for any of the three Seawolf-class submarines; other ships in the Seawolf class include the USS Jimmy Carter and the USS Connecticut...
...The Seawolf will now be put on a “surge status” for the next several months where it will be “ready to go at a phone call's notice,” according to Navy spokesman Lt. Mark Jones. Once that period ends, the submarine will undergo an extensive maintenance cycle in preparation for its next deployment.
The Seawolf received above-average marks on its operational reactor safeguards examination, a test that evaluates a crew's performance under a variety of live conditions. The sub also received what is known as a “Battle E” — a decoration the Navy awards annually to one ship per squadron for overall excellence in preparation and training.
I guess by saying "above average marks" then they can skirt the "ORSE grades are classified" requirement. Anyway, welcome home to the officers and crew of the Seawolf -- and if anyone tries to call your ship the "Pierwolf", you have this blog's permission to kick 'em in the nuts.

12 Comments:

Blogger PigBoatSailor said...

Ok, how about Building 21?

;-)

2/02/2007 7:22 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MEMPHIS (SSN 691) had in the past 1-2 yrs hs accomplished the same.

2/02/2007 8:46 AM

 
Anonymous bullnav said...

Over the last 2 years, several Norfolk and Groton boats have done this.

2/02/2007 9:31 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a side note, The Day has the commissioning date wrong. It is July 19, 2001. I was part of the commissioning crew. It's good to see her doing well.

2/02/2007 11:25 AM

 
Anonymous ET1n(SS) said...

I recently got orders to SSN-21, and I was fortunate enough to get a tour of her while she was in Pearl... Pretty impressive boat!
ETn1(SS)

2/02/2007 2:55 PM

 
Anonymous SSN Wife said...

Chris Williams, the new CO of the MSP, took the OKCity around from Norfolk for a full on WesPac.

2/02/2007 3:25 PM

 
Blogger bothenook said...

hey wait a minute there bucko. as a proud crewmember of the SSN-575 version of the Seawolf, we proudly and gleefully wore the Pierwolf, or more commonly PierPuppy name with pride. hell, we spent enough time along side the pier to deserve the nick. it's just that when we DID go out, it was forever before we came up for air...

2/02/2007 7:24 PM

 
Anonymous fast attack tough said...

Yeah... from the time I was in San Diego (early 03 - late 05), I can think of at least Memphis, OKC, Pittsburgh, Hampton, and Louisville (I think) all doing thins.

2/02/2007 8:01 PM

 
Blogger Bubblehead said...

I guess a lot of boats have been doing it. And while the 2nd Anonymous is right that The Day had the Seawolf's commissioning date wrong, it was actually July 19, 1997.

2/02/2007 10:33 PM

 
Anonymous rebootinit said...

Interesting boat, technological nightmare for an A'gangr, a pain in the icehole if there is a casualty forward of the rx bulkhead, travels extremely fast, and looks kool on paper and on ops.
I would not wanna be assigned to one, thank you, I'd rather be back on a '594. Sorry Joel, I did a walkabout on her and it only confused the hell out of me, it is alien in design.
Many east coast boats are venturing out on Wes Pac, it's good that they get to see some of the real liberty ports that we've been hiding all of these years, hehe....
Joel, a question? Does the Wolf class "have" shore power cofferdams? Email me on this on.

2/03/2007 12:57 AM

 
Anonymous rebootinit said...

Interesting boat, technological nightmare for an A'gangr, a pain in the icehole if there is a casualty forward of the rx bulkhead, travels extremely fast, and looks kool on paper and on ops.
I would not wanna be assigned to one, thank you, I'd rather be back on a '594. Sorry Joel, I did a walkabout on her and it only confused the hell out of me, it is alien in design.
Many east coast boats are venturing out on Wes Pac, it's good that they get to see some of the real liberty ports that we've been hiding all of these years, hehe....
Joel, a question? Does the Wolf class "have" shore power cofferdams? Email me on this on.

2/03/2007 12:58 AM

 
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