USS Greeneville Arrives in Singapore

The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Greeneville (SSN 772) arrived in Singapore Nov. 19, for a visit as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific.

With a crew of approximately 140, Greeneville will conduct a multitude of missions and showcase the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet.

“Greeneville is proud to represent our nation in Singapore and in the Western Pacific during this deployment,” said Cmdr. Martin J. Muckian, Greenville’s commanding officer. “We look forward to this port visit and the opportunity to develop closer ties with the Singaporean people and their Navy.”

Measuring more than 360 feet long and weighing more than 6,900 tons when submerged, Greeneville is one of the stealthiest submarines in the world. She is capable of supporting a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence gathering, insertion of Special Forces, land attack strike missions, mining, and search and rescue.

Although this submarine is one of the most technologically advanced in the world, “it is the hard work and dedication of the crew, that makes deployments successful,” said Chief of the Boat Marcus Hensley. “Visiting ports like Singapore make all our hard work well worth it.”

For many of the crew members, this is their first time visiting Singapore.

“This is my first experience in Singapore, and I look forward to the many opportunities each of us will have on liberty,” said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Carlos Rodriguez. “These port visits give each Sailor an opportunity to experience new cultures and capture otherwise unseen sights. We are representing the U.S. Navy in a foreign country, and the interaction with the people here is the most important part of our visit. That pride and responsibility is what makes every new port call worth the visit.”

Greeneville is the 61st Los Angeles-class submarine and the 22nd Improved version of this class. Commissioned in 1996, Greeneville is homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Naval Today Staff, November 20, 2012