USS Louisville Stops by Okinawa Naval Base

The Los Angeles class fast-attack submarine USS Louisville (SSN 724) arrived at Okinawa Naval Base Jan. 6, for a port call as part of a deployment to the Western Pacific.

With a complement of more than 140 officers and men, Louisville showcased the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet in its latest mission.

Cmdr. Bob Figgs, Louisville’s commanding officer, said:

Louisville brings to the theater a very capable multi-mission platform with nearly unlimited endurance for independent operations. My highly trained crew is proficient in all core mission capabilities, from open ocean anti-submarine and anti-surface ship warfare; to intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, and precision land strike.

Measuring more than 360 feet long and weighing over 6,000 tons when submerged, Louisville is one of the stealthiest, most modern attack submarines in the world.

Louisville is the fourth United States ship to be named for Louisville, Kentucky. Commissioned on November 8th, 1986, at Naval Submarine Base New London, Connecticut; Louisville is the 35th nuclear powered fast-attack submarine of the Los Angeles class. Louisville is homeported at Hawaii’s Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

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