USS Boise Back from Deployment

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764) returned to its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk from a deployment, Jan. 16.

Boise, under the command of Cmdr. Scott C. Luers, is returning from the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility where the crew executed the Chief of Naval Operation’s Maritime Strategy in supporting national security interests and maritime security operations.

Boise was awarded the 2014 Battle Efficiency ‘Battle E’ for Submarine Squadron 6 in an announcement made by Vice Adm. Michael J. Connor, commander, Submarine Forces Atlantic, on Jan. 5.

Luers said:

Boise steamed more than 37,000 miles conducting operations in challenging high contact density, shallow water environments spanning the U.S. 5th, 6th and 7th Fleets.

We completed three missions vital to national security, 14 strategic strait transits in support of time sensitive operations and key theater commander tasking.

Port visits were conducted in Duqm, Oman; Manama, Bahrain; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; Souda Bay, Greece; and Rota, Spain.

Luers added:

As the first nuclear-powered warship to Duqm, Oman, we established a long-lasting relationship with the host Navy and government. Due to Boise’s presence, she assured access for subsequent U.S. forces to a port strategically located outside the Strait of Hormuz.

Boise was built by Newport News Shipbuilding and commissioned Nov. 7, 1992. The 360-foot submarine is the second naval ship to be named in honor of the city of Boise. The crew compliment includes 13 officers and 116 enlisted Sailors.

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