USS Greeneville returns from six month tasking

The U.S. Navy’s Los Angeles-class submarine USS Greeneville returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after completing a six month deployment to the Western Pacific region, November 3.

While deployed, Greeneville made a first-ever port visit for a submarine to Puerto Princesa, a city on the eastern side of the island of Palawan in the Republic of the Philippines. They also qualified five officers and 32 enlisted Sailors in submarines and advanced 20 Sailors in paygrade.

“It’s hard to overstate how proud I am of this crew,” said Cmdr. Gabriel Anseeuw, Greeneville’s commanding officer. “Our tasking spanned almost the entire spectrum of submarine operations, continuously forcing the officers and crew to think on their feet, and they did so superbly.”

Greeneville steamed more than 40,000 nautical miles and completed almost two dozen strait transits.
“I found it inspiring to see how every single member contributed to the mission at hand,” said Anseeuw. “They adapted extremely well to an ever-changing environment, ensuring the mission at hand was accomplished safely and effectively.”

Greeneville measures more than 360 feet long and weighs more than 6,900 tons when submerged. It was christened Sept. 17, 1994 and commissioned on Feb. 16, 1996 at Naval Station Norfolk. The Greeneville arrived at its current homeport of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in March 1997.