NEWS | April 9, 2014

USS Jefferson City Departs for Six-month Deployment

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (AW) Anthony Walker, Commander, Submarine Squadron 11

NAVAL BASE POINT LOMA, Calif. (NNS) -- USS Jefferson City (SSN 759) departed Naval Base Point Loma for a scheduled six-month Western Pacific deployment, April 9.

The Los Angeles-class, fast-attack submarine's deployment is in support of the nation's maritime strategy.

Jefferson City'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, Jefferson City has conducted several training exercises off the coast of California and is fully prepared to deploy.

Jefferson City was commissioned Feb. 29, 1992. Measuring more than 360 feet long and displacing more than 6,900 tons, Jefferson City has a crew of approximately 140 Sailors.

Jefferson City is capable of supporting various missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, surveillance, and reconnaissance. She is one of six Los Angeles-class submarines homeported in San Diego and is commanded by Lt. Cmdr. John Croghan.