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Submarine USS San Francisco leaves on deployment

The 361-foot San Francisco was built at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia.

The 361-foot San Francisco was built at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia. US Navy

The fast attack submarine San Francisco left Point Loma Tuesday for a six-month deployment to the western Pacific, says the Navy. The boat, commissioned 31 years ago, went to sea with a crew of roughly 140 sailors. The Navy said San Francisco’s mission involves “maritime security, forward presence, sea control, and power projection.”

The San Francisco has been homeported here since 2009. The boat was moved to Point Loma after it underwent a bow replacement that became necessary after the San Francisco slammed into an underwater seamount more than 400 miles southwest of Guam in 2005.

San Francisco is one of six Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered submarines homeported at Point Loma. One of those boats, the Topeka, just arrived at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine for a three year overhaul. Earlier this year, Topeka completed a 35,000 mile mission in the western Pacific.

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The 361-foot San Francisco was built at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia.

The Topeka arrives at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine. US Navy

The 361-foot San Francisco was built at Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia.

The Point Loma-based Jefferson City underway recently. US Navy

Source – UT San Diego

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Fast attack submarine arrives in Maine for maintenance

KITTERY — The USS Topeka (SSN 754), a Navy fast attack submarine, and its crew of 120 enlisted personnel and 13 officers arrived Sunday at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery.

In this 2009 photo, the USS Topeka departs Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego for a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. Topeka was showcased in the movie, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”

Shipyard spokesperson Danna Eddy said the Topeka, which recently completed a six-month deployment that took the submarine to the western Pacific Ocean, will undergo maintenance and system upgrades during its stay in Maine.

Its tour of duty, which covered more than 35,000 nautical miles, took the submarine to Japan, Singapore and Guam.

Topeka is the third ship of the U.S. Navy named for the city of Topeka. It is a Los Angeles-class nuclear powered submarine featuring a retractable bow plane and a reinforced sail for working under ice. It has Tomahawk cruise missile capability.

Topeka is assigned to the Pacific fleet . Its homeport is San Diego.

Source – Portland Press Herald