Attack submarine USS Providence returns from European deployment

US Navy’s Los Angeles-class submarine USS Providence (SSN 719) returned to Naval Submarine Base New London on March 15, completing a deployment to the European Command Areas of Responsibility.

This deployment marked 33 years of service and 15 completed deployments for USS Providence (SSN 719).

During the deployment, 30 crewmembers earned their dolphins (the submarine warfare device) and 42 crewmembers were promoted.

Under the command of Cmdr. Jason Grizzle, Providence is returning from the European Command Areas of Responsibility where the crew executed the Chief of Naval Operations’ Maritime Strategy in supporting national security interests and Maritime Security Operations.

Between an earlier July 2018 surge deployment and this deployment, Providence has sailed a total of more than 50,000 nautical miles, or 2.3 trips around the Earth at its equator.

Port visits were conducted in Faslane, Scotland and Haakonsvern, Norway.

Commissioned on July 27, 1985, Providence is the 32nd Los Angeles-class, fast-attack submarine and the fifth US Navy ship to be named for the city of Providence, Rhode Island. It is 360 feet long with a beam of 33 feet.

Photo: USS Providence (SSN 719) returned to its homeport at Naval Submarine Base New London on Friday, Mar. 15. Photo: US Navy