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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

USS Oklahoma City visits Singapore during Routine Patrol



By Ens. Samuel Theodoris, USS Oklahoma City Public Affairs Officer

SINGAPORE (NNS) -- The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) arrived in Singapore Sept. 30 for a visit as a part of its deployment to the Western Pacific.

With a crew of approximately 150, Oklahoma City showcased the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet.

"This is an incredible opportunity for the crew of Oklahoma City and the Singaporean Navy to share experiences in one of the most beautiful cities in the world," said Cmdr. Michael Conner, Oklahoma City's commanding officer. "Visits like this give both the visiting and host Sailors a venue to learn and teach, and to improve our capabilities to work together. I appreciate the opportunity to visit Singapore again."

Oklahoma City is one of the fastest and stealthiest submarines in the world.

"I'm proud of the fine crew that I'm a part of on Oklahoma City," said Master Chief Machinist's Mate Joseph Decker, the chief of the boat aboard Oklahoma City. "They have made it happen every day. No tasking is too much. With a fluid schedule - [they] have and continue to answer the call. We have about 90 percent of Sailors that will visit Singapore for the first time. This port visit is well deserved for the crew's hard work and dedication."

Many of the Sailors aboard Oklahoma City were eager to experience the Singaporean culture.

"Wow! I'm looking forward to many things," said Yeoman Seaman Devarious Carver. "I want to go sightseeing. I heard the night zoo is quite the attraction."

Measuring more than 360 feet long and weighing approximately 7,000 tons when submerged, Oklahoma City is one of the fastest and stealthiest submarines in the world and is capable of fulfilling a variety of missions.

Oklahoma City is home ported in Agana, Guam. It is one of the four submarines that are forward deployed and serving at the forefront of the nation's defense.

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