SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Hampton (SSN 767) returned to its homeport Oct. 11 following an extended deployment.
Hampton, under the command of Cmdr. Lincoln Reifsteck, returned from the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility where the crew executed the Chief of Naval Operations' Maritime Strategy in supporting national security interests and maritime security operations.
"The amount of pride I have in this crew can't be measured," said Reifsteck. "During our deployment, the crew of Hampton proved themselves to be the most immediate, the most capable and the most adaptable option for the operational commanders."
Hampton left its homeport of San Diego on March 14 and steamed more than 41,000 nautical miles during the deployment. Port visits were conducted in Okinawa, Japan; Yokosuka, Japan; Sasebo, Japan; and Guam.
"During our port calls, the crew conducted themselves as ideal American ambassadors, helping to strengthen our bonds with our Japanese allies, allowing for future visits, and on a larger scale, promoting regional security," said Reifsteck.
Hampton conducted routine patrols throughout the Western Pacific region as a part of the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
"They met every challenge and ensured each mission was carried out to fulfillment for seven months, and now we're back home, ready to spend some well-earned time with our families," said Reifsteck.
Hampton was commissioned Nov. 6, 1993. Measuring more than 360 feet long and displacing more than 6,900 tons, Hampton has a crew of approximately 140 Sailors. Hampton is capable of supporting various missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike warfare, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.