USS Olympia fast-attack submarine completes around-the-world deployment

The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Olympia (SSN 717) returned to its homeport in Pearl Harbor after conducting an around-the-world deployment, the U.S. Navy reported Sunday.

USS Olympia conducted a seven-month deployment in support of maritime security operations with allies and partners to ensure high-end warfighting capabilities in this era of great power competition.

“Olympia and her crew performed with excellence,” said Master Chief Electronics Technician (Radio) Arturo Placencia, Olympia’s chief-of-the-boat, from Duncan, Oklahoma. “For everyone onboard, this was the first time we completed a circumnavigation of the globe. As a Pacific fleet boat, this was also our first deployment in the 5th and 6th fleet. We have been training towards this deployment for months and it was great to see the Sailors put their skills and knowledge to the test. Our motto is ‘we do difficult things with excellence, strength and honor’ and that’s exactly what our Sailors did.”

During her deployment, Olympia conducted port visits in Souda Bay, Greece and Gibraltar.

“Olympia visited Gibraltar during her deployment to foster and sustain relationships with the Gibraltarian and Royal Navy,” said Cmdr. Benjamin Selph, Olympia’s commanding officer. “The crew of Olympia welcomed British Parliament members on a tour of the mighty Olympia during our visit. We joined the crew of HMS Talent (S92) in a day of barbeque and friendly sports competitions of soccer, football and volleyball. There was also a promotion ceremony for two Olympia Sailors and a dolphin presentation onboard Talent.”

During their scheduled port call to Souda Bay, Greece they completed an expeditionary weapons load to demonstrate their warfighting capabilities.

“Our submarine force operates globally with allies and partners to ensure high-end warfighting capability in this era of great power competition. Submarine crews, like Olympia, train and operate every day to guarantee we are ready to fight tonight,” said Rear Adm. Blake Converse, …read more

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