USS Norfolk returns from final deployment

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NORFOLK (Nov. 3, 2012) Sailors from the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Norfolk (SSN 714) moor lines during the boat's homecoming ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk. Norfolk returned from a six- month deployment to the European Command area of responsibility.The boat travelled more than 30,000 nautical miles during the six-month deployment and conducted port visits to Haifa, Israel; Limassol, Cyprus; Bahrain and Diego Garcia. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kim Williams/Released)
121103-N-EP471-006 NORFOLK (Nov. 3, 2012) Sailors from the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Norfolk (SSN 714) moor lines during the boat's homecoming ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk. Norfolk returned from a six- month deployment to the European Command area of responsibility.The boat travelled more than 30,000 nautical miles during the six-month deployment and conducted port visits to Haifa, Israel; Limassol, Cyprus; Bahrain and Diego Garcia. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Kim Williams/Released)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The submarine USS Norfolk (SSN 714) returned to Naval Station Norfolk Tuesday, marking the completion of its final deployment.

Since it left in February, Norfolk steamed more than 30,000 nautical miles and was busy in the Central Command area of responsibility supporting national security interests and Maritime Security Operations.

Photos: USS Norfolk homecoming

“There is a lot of sadness on the part of all the Sailors that were on board for this deployment, to see this great warship be retired a little bit earlier than any of us expected,” said Commander Gregory Zettler.

The fast attack submarine was built by Newport News Shipbuilding and was commissioned in May 1983. Over the years, the ship has seen many deployments and has a rich history.

“Operation Noble Anvil, which was an operation against Serbia aggression in Kosovo. We shot nine Tomahawks off USS Norfolk, and that is, I think, the only actual war time service.”

But as the ships service comes to an end, these sailors will keep this ships memory alive.

“I think that everybody on board the USS Norfolk, when we decommission her, decommissioned just a little piece of their soul,” said ETSN Cecil Waters.

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine will begin deactivation in 2015, according to the U.S. Navy. It was the third naval ship to be named in honor of the city of Norfolk.

For more information on the submarine force visit the Submarine Force web site at http://www.public.navy.mil/subfor/hq/Pages/default.aspx

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