The U.S. Navy Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Texas (SSN 775) returned home to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), Hawaii on Feb. 24, after completing her seven-month deployment.
During the deployment, Texas completed a full spectrum of operations, including theater anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASuW), in support of the high-priority tasking in the Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) and U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) areas of operation.
“The crew worked and trained tirelessly, preparing to execute any mission in defense of our nation, and performed remarkably throughout our seven month Middle East deployment,” said Cmdr. Mike Dolbec, commanding officer of Texas. “In my opinion, every Texas Sailor is a hero, whose patriotism is evident daily. These Sailors are the heart and soul of this mighty warship; they are responsible for Texas’ many successes. I can say with a great deal of pride that these are the finest men and women that I have ever served with, and it is a great honor and privilege to be their commanding officer.”
On deployment, Texas visited HMAS Stirling near Perth, Australia, where the crew engaged with dignitaries including the U.S. Ambassador to Australia, as well as other government officials and members of academia. Additionally, members of the crew volunteered at a community food bank and participated in receptions with Australian submarine counterparts to enhance understanding through shared maritime experience and interest.
During the deployment, 40 crew members earned their submarine warfare qualifications and 24 Sailors advanced to the next rank.
Commissioned Sept. 9, 2006, Texas is the second Virginia-class submarine constructed and the first submarine to be named after the Lone Star State. It is the fourth U.S. Navy ship of the U.S. Navy to bear its name.
Virginia-class submarines are flexible, multi-mission platforms designed to carry out the seven core competencies of the submarine force; anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; delivery of special operations forces; strike warfare; irregular warfare; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and mine warfare.
Their inherent stealth, endurance, mobility and firepower directly enable them to support five of the six maritime strategy core capabilities: sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security and deterrence.