The Los Angeles-Class fast attack submarine USS Alexandria has returned to Naval Base Point Loma after a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific region.
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Family and friends, along with members of Submarine Squadron 11, gathered pierside Thursday with colorful banners and signs to greet the crew and welcome them home.
“We operated in nearly every ocean environment across the Western Pacific, doing missions that no other platform can conduct, in areas where no other platform can operate,” said Cmdr. Todd Santala, the submarine’s commanding officer.
“Despite the high operational tempo, the crew tackled every mission with the enthusiasm and tenacity we are known for,” said Santala. “I couldn’t be more proud of what my men accomplished in service to their country.”
Alexandria completed four missions deemed vital to national security and participated in five multinational exercises, spending a total of 197 days deployed and steaming more than 45,000 nautical miles, according to the Navy.
Members of the 32nd Street Brass Band performed to entertain the families while they waited on the pier, culminating in an upbeat, jazz-style rendition of “Anchors Aweigh.”
The Alexandria was commissioned in 1991. Measuring more than 360 feet long and displacing more than 6,900 tons, the submarine has a crew of approximately 140.
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