USS Topeka Departs for Six-month Deployment


USS Topeka (SSN 754) deployed from Naval Base Point Loma for a scheduled six-month western Pacific deployment March 6.

The Los Angeles-class, fast-attack submarine’s deployment is in support of the Chief of Naval Operations’ Maritime Strategy. Topeka’s missions will focus on maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts, which help establish conditions for regional stability.

The deployment is part of an ongoing rotation of deployed forces to support maritime security operations and operations in international waters around the globe, working with other coalition maritime forces. During the past few months, Topeka has conducted several training exercises off the coast of California and is fully prepared to deploy.

“The Topeka crew and families have been hard at work to ensure the ship is fully prepared to execute all tasking during the deployment,” said Cmdr. Jim Belz, commanding officer of Topeka. “A successful deployment is a culmination of a team effort of dedicated personnel on and off the ship. Every crew member is looking forward to the challenges of the deployment and to safely returning in the fall and reuniting with our supportive families.”

USS Topeka is home to approximately 140 crew members. Topeka was commissioned Oct. 21, 1989 and is named in honor of Topeka, Kansas.

Naval Today Staff , March 08, 2012