By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Anthony Walker, USS San Francisco Public Affairs
NAVAL BASE POINT LOMA, Calif. (NNS) -- USS San Francisco (SSN 711) deployed from Naval Base Point Loma for a scheduled six-month Western Pacific deployment, July 10.
The Los Angeles-class, fast-attack submarine's deployment is in support of the Chief of Naval Operations' maritime strategy. San Francisco's missions will focus on maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts, which help establish conditions for regional stability.
The deployment is part of an on-going rotation of deployed forces to support maritime security operations and operations in international waters around the globe, working with other coalition maritime forces. During the past few months, San Francisco has conducted several training exercises off the coast of California and is fully prepared to deploy.
"The crew has put in a lot of hours training and preparing the ship for this deployment, and we are ready," said Cmdr. Jeff Juergens, commanding officer of San Francisco. "We're very thankful for all the support along the way, especially from our families, and we look forward to successfully completing our mission."
San Francisco was commissioned April 24, 1981. Displacing more than 6,900 tons, San Francisco has a crew of nearly 140 Sailors. It is one of five Los Angeles-class, fast-attack submarines homeported in San Diego.