The U.S. Navy’s Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine, USS Toledo (SSN-769) arrived at its homeport, Naval Submarine Base New London, after concluding a six-month deployment, on Nov. 29.
Under the command of Cmdr. Orville Cave, Toledo returned from the European Command Area of Responsibility where the crew executed the Chief of Naval Operation’s Maritime Strategy in support of national security interests and Maritime Security Operations.
During the deployment the crew served as ambassadors on behalf of the submarine force, the Navy and the country while conducting two port visits in Faslane, Scotland and one in Rota, Spain.
Fast-attack submarines like Toledo are multi-mission platforms enabling five of the six Navy Maritime Strategy core capabilities – sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security and deterrence. The submarine is designed to excel in anti-submarine warfare; anti-ship warfare; strike warfare; special operations; intelligence; surveillance and reconnaissance; irregular warfare and mine warfare – from open ocean anti-submarine warfare to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, to projecting power ashore with special operation forces and Tomahawk cruise missiles in the prevention or preparation of regional crises.
Commissioned on Feb. 24, 1995, Toledo is the 81st Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered submarine and the second U.S. Navy ship to be named for the city of Toledo. It is 377 feet long with a beam of 34 feet. Los Angeles-class, fast-attack submarines have a crew of approximately 132 made up of 15 officers and 117 enlisted Sailors.
Chief Petty Officer Steve Owsley , Naval Submarine Support Center, New London