USS Albuquerque Drops Anchor in Saipan

Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) arrived at Tanapag Harbor, Saipan July 23 for a scheduled visit as part of Albuquerque’s routine deployment to the Western Pacific.

With a crew of approximately 140 Sailors, Albuquerque has conducted a multitude of missions and showcased the latest capabilities of the U.S. submarine fleet since deploying in January.

“The crew has done an amazing job during this challenging deployment and I’m very pleased with the way they have performed,” said Cmdr. Chris Cavanaugh, Albuquerque’s commanding officer. “I’m excited for them to take in the history and culture of Saipan, and to enjoy some well earned shore liberty.”

Measuring more than 360 feet long and weighing more than 6,900 tons when submerged, Albuquerque is one of the most technologically advanced submarines in the world. The ship is capable of supporting a variety of missions including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, precision strike, intelligence collection, and mine warfare.

While discussing all the opportunities and sights in Saipan, Albuquerque’s Chief of the Boat Anthony Torres said, “The crew has been working hard throughout this deployment. This port visit to Saipan will allow some much deserved rest and relaxation for the crew.”

For most of the crew members, this is their first time visiting Saipan.

“Growing up in the Midwest my whole life could never have prepared me for some of these opportunities like visiting Saipan,” said Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Paul Tanner. “I’ve read and heard about some amazing waterfalls and caves that I cannot wait to visit.”

Albuquerque is the second U.S. warship to be named after the city of Albuquerque, N.M. She was launched March 13, 1982, and commissioned May 21, 1983. Albuquerque is the 19th ship in its class and is homeported in San Diego, Calif.

Press Release, July 24, 2013