US fast-attack submarine complete Western Pacific deployment

United States Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Columbia (SSN 771) recently completed a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific conducting operations and exercises in support of national security, the US Navy said.

USS Columbia (SSN 771) was welcomed by family members and friends of the submarine’s crew at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, June 6.

“Their resourceful tenacity allowed us to remain operational anytime we faced a challenge,” USS Columbia commander Cmdr. David L. Edgerton said. “I admire their positive attitudes, resiliency, and tight-knit camaraderie, even while deployed from friends and family. It was a privilege to spend the past six months with them.”

USS Columbia was commissioned in 1995 and the last 688-class submarine built at Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, Connecticut.

She is capable of numerous types of missions, including long-range Tomahawk strike operations, anti-submarine and surface ship tracking operations, surveillance and intelligence gathering and special forces insertions.