USS Springfield arrives at new homeport after 30-month overhaul

US Navy’s Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Springfield (SSN 761) arrived at her new homeport at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after completing a two-and-a-half year overhaul.

USS Springfield (SSN 761) makes its homecoming arrival at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, after completing a change of homeport from Kittery, Maine. Photo: US Navy

Shortly after arriving in Pearl Harbor, the submarine and her crew conducted a change of command ceremony in which Cmdr. John Nilles relieved Cmdr. Brent Spillner as Springfield’s commanding officer.

“Less than 48 hours ago, the boat pulled in, following a one-month transit from the East Coast,” said Capt. Paul Davis, commodore, Submarine Squadron 7.

“That transit was fresh on the heels of an extremely successful two and a half year overhaul at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Due to the hard work of the captain and crew, the boat emerged from the overhaul in great shape. I cannot wait to unleash this boat on the Pacific theater.”

Springfield was commissioned March 21, 1986, and is the Navy’s fourth ship to bear the name. Measuring 360 feet long and displacing more than 6,900 tons, Springfield has a crew of approximately 140 Sailors.

The boat had previously been based at Naval Submarine Base New London in Connecticut.