USS Houston Arrives in Singapore
The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Houston (SSN 713) arrived at Changi Naval Base Singapore Dec. 9 for a visit as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific.
With a crew of approximately 130, Houston will conduct a multitude of missions and showcase the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet.
“I know that our presence and the missions we accomplish in the Western Pacific are important to not only the American people, but to the Singaporeans and our partners and allies throughout the region as well,” said Cmdr. Paul Davis, Houston’s commanding officer. “I couldn’t be prouder of my crew and what we have accomplished so far.”
Houston is a Los Angeles-class, nuclear-powered, fast-attack submarine originally designed to be a high-speed submarine escort for aircraft carrier strike groups and task forces. As an extremely versatile platform, Houston supports numerous national military objectives. Through rigorous training exercises, she maintains the ability to carry the fight to potential enemies at sea or on land with Mark-48 Advanced Capability torpedoes and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles.
“I always say I couldn’t ask for a harder working crew and they’ve proved it during this deployment,” said Master Chief Jay Cherland, Houston’s chief of the boat. “I know that our visit to Singapore will allow everyone some well deserved rest.”
For many of the crew members, this is their first time visiting Singapore.
“I’m excited that my first visit outside of the country can be to Singapore,” said Machinist’s Mate Fireman Ryan McKenney. “I’m really looking forward to going to the night safari at the zoo.”
Measuring more than 300 feet long and weighing more than 250 tons when submerged, Houston is one of the fastest, stealthiest submarines in the world. Because of her stealth and speed, she is capable of supporting a multitude of missions including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, strike warfare, general intelligence collection, combat search and rescue, and various other missions.
Houston was commissioned in 1982, sponsored by then 2nd Lady Barbara Bush, and has proudly served the U.S. Navy through 30 years and three homeports. Houston is on her first deployment following her most recent change of homeport to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Houston left on deployment July 15 and is enjoying her first foreign port visit since departing Pearl Harbor.
Press Release, December 12, 2013; Image: US Navy