Submarine returning to naval base in New London

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GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) — SUBASE New London Public Affairs announces that the Los Angeles-class, nuclear-powered, fast-attack submarine USS Springfield (SSN 761) will return to its homeport at Naval Submarine Base New London from a regularly scheduled deployment on Thursday.

Under the command of Capt. Roger Meyer, Springfield is returning from the European Command Area of Responsibility where they executed the Chief of Naval Operation’s Maritime Strategy supporting national security interests and Maritime Security Operations.

During the deployment Springfield steamed approximately 35,000 nautical miles or 40,285 statute miles, equal to approximately 1.62 trips around the world at the equator or approximately 7 round trips from New London, Conn., to San Diego by car.

Port visits were conducted in Haakonsvern, Norway; Faslane, Scotland; Lisbon, Portugal; Toulon, France and Rota, Spain.

Fast-attack submarines like Springfield are multi-mission platforms enabling five of the six Navy maritime strategy core capabilities – sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security, and deterrence.  The submarine is designed to excel in anti-submarine warfare; anti-ship warfare; strike warfare; special operations; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; irregular warfare; and mine warfare – from open ocean anti-submarine warfare to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, to projecting power ashore with Special Operation Forces and Tomahawk cruise missiles in the prevention or preparation of regional crises.

Commissioned on Jan. 9, 1993, Springfield is the 73rd Los Angeles-class submarine and the fourth U.S. Navy ship to bear the name. It displaces 6,900 tons, measures 360 feet long with a beam of 33 feet. Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarines have a crew of approximately 143 made up of 16 officers and 127 enlisted Sailors.

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