Honolulu Says Farewell to Namesake Submarine

Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye, Lt. Gov. James Aiona, and Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Gary Roughead joined past and current crew members of USS Honolulu (SSN 718) to bid farewell to the nuclear-powered attack submarine at a ceremony April 15, at Naval Station Pearl Harbor. Keynote speaker, U.S. 7th Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Jonathan Greenert, who commanded Honolulu from 1991 to 1993, said the submarine performed exceptionally well throughout its career. “She was consistently the most reliable ship in the squadron, whatever squadron she was in," he said. "Her complex systems always worked well…even the anchor on this ship always worked.” Inouye said Honolulu, and all other Los Angeles-class submarines, have served the Navy in a variety of roles. “These submarines constituted the front lines during the Cold War," he said. "Today, they continue to operate...putting SEALs (Sea, Air, Land) ashore, collecting intelligence, and taking care of our strike forces.” “USS Honolulu demonstrates how important Pearl Harbor is and how important the submarines are and how much we rely upon them,” Inouye added. Praising the efforts of her crew that have served for more than 20 years, Aiona cited the submarine Honolulu as a valuable asset to the community and the country. “For the past two decades, this nuclear-powered attack submarine has proudly served our nation and her namesake city Honolulu," he said. "The state of Hawaii is indeed honored to have had the prestigious USS Honolulu at Pearl Harbor.” As Honolulu’s final operational commanding officer, Russ said the crew have enjoyed serving aboard the namesake city submarine, and are ready to put the submarine through its paces. “Although we are sad to say goodbye to the best homeport in the Navy, a place that has been a warm and welcoming home for crew members and their families for nearly two decades, we are excited about our upcoming deployment,” said Russ. Russ added that he and his submariners are looking forward to going to sea aboard Honolulu. “It’s a chance to put into practice the skills we have spent our careers mastering, and the teamwork we have spent the last few months honing,” Russ said. USS Honolulu, which has served as Honolulu’s namesake for the last two decades, is scheduled to depart for its final deployment to the Western Pacific in early May. Following the deployment, it will return directly to Bremerton, Wash., to begin inactivation. Sidney Quintal, director of Enterprise Services for the City & County of Honolulu, presented a proclamation on behalf of Mayor Mufi Hannemann, who was out of the country. Hannemann visited Honolulu March 29 to bid his farewell. The submarine Honolulu has been homeported at Pearl Harbor for most of her operational life. After her commissioning in 1985, she moved to Hawaii to join the Pacific Fleet in September 1986. She has completed nine deployments to the Western Pacific, participated in Operation Enduring Freedom and conducted operations under the Arctic ice. The submarine has received an impressive array of awards, including six Battle ‘E’s. USS Honolulu is the third ship named in honor of the city of Honolulu. Source: NavNews

By Chief Journalist (SW/AW) David Rush, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

Maritime Reporter March 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Navy

Keel-Laid for Navy's 10th LCS at Austal Yard

The Navy and Austal USA held a keel-laying ceremony for the future 'USS Gabrielle Giffords', the Navy's 10th littoral combat ship (LCS), in Mobile, Ala., informs

NATO to bolster defence of E.European Allies

NATO is sending part of its naval rapid reaction force to the Baltic Sea as part of a drive to step up the defence of eastern European allies in response to the crisis in Ukraine,

UN Seeks Sanctions Waiver to Ship Arms to Mali

The United Nations is seeking an exemption from a U.N. Security Council arms embargo on Ivory Coast so it can ship weapons and military equipment across the East

Maritime Security

Coast Guard tactical air squadron holds change of command ceremony

Capt. Kevin P. Gavin relieved Capt. Donna L. Cottrell as commanding officer of Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron Jacksonville during a change of command ceremony at HITRON Friday.

Captain of capsized S Korean Ferry Arrested

The captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized, leaving 29 people dead and 274 others missing, was arrested on Saturday, the country's Yonhap news agency said.

Homeland Security Secretary Visits Ingalls Shipbuilding

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division apprises it has hosted a visit by Secretary of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and U.S. Rep.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Naval Architecture Navigation Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1011 sec (10 req/sec)