US’ oldest Los Angeles-class submarine completes last around-the-world deployment

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United States Navy Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Olympia (SSN 717) has completed a seven-month, around-the-world deployment. The submarine was welcomed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on September 8.

“Olympia has completed her final deployment after 35 years of service, circumnavigating the globe in seven months starting from Oahu, Hawaii, transiting through the Panama Canal, Strait of Gibraltar and Suez Canal,” said Cmdr. Benjamin Selph, Olympia’s commanding officer.

“Sailing around the world in our country’s oldest serving nuclear-powered Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine is a testament to the durability and design of the submarine, but also the tenacity and ‘fight on’ spirit of the crew,” Cmdr. Selph said.

According to US Navy, this deployment is scheduled to be USS Olympia’s last before heading to Bremerton, Washington for inactivation.

Olympia is the 29th ship of the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarines. Her keel was laid by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company on March 31, 1981. She was commissioned on November 17, 1984.

“Our submarine force operates globally with allies and partners to ensure high-end warfighting capability in this era of great power competition. Submarine crews, like Olympia, train and operate every day to guarantee we are ready to fight tonight,” said Rear Adm. Blake Converse, commander of Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.