NEWS | Aug. 26, 2013

USS Hampton Visits Singapore during Western Pacific Deployment

By Submarine Group 7 Public Affairs

SINGAPORE (NNS) -- The San Diego based Los Angeles-class, fast attack submarine USS Hampton (SSN 767) arrived at Changi Naval Base Singapore Aug. 22 for a visit during a deployment to the Western Pacific.

With a crew of 135, Hampton will conduct a multitude of missions and showcase the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet during its time in the Seventh Fleet Area of Responsibility.

"The crew of Hampton is very excited about visiting Singapore," Said Cmdr. Lincoln Reifsteck, commanding officer of USS Hampton. "We have been working with the staff of Commander, Submarine Group 7 since before deployment to schedule a port visit in Singapore. The ship looks forward to enjoying the many attractions and cultural experiences that Singapore has to offer. Several members of my crew have family members traveling to enjoy the port with them."

For most of the crew members, this is their first time visiting Singapore.

One of those first time visitors, Electronics Technician 2nd Class George Mejia said, "I am looking forward to relaxing ashore and enjoying the local food and shopping in the city."

"I am excited to ride one of the world's largest Ferris wheels and visit Sentosa Island," said Senior Chief Electronics Technician Nicholas Green, Hampton's assistant navigator. "Everyone on the ship is ready to see what Singapore has to offer."

Measuring more than 360 feet long and weighing more than 6,000 tons when submerged, Hampton is one of the most complex submarines in the world. This submarine is capable of supporting a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.