By MC2 Michael H. Lee, Submarine Force Pacific Public Affairs
USS Louisville (SSN 724) approaches the submarine piers at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, March 23. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Michael H. Lee) >>
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - The crew of Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Louisville (SSN 724) was welcomed home by friends and family awaiting their return on the historic submarine piers of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, March 23.
Louisville successful completed a six-month Western Pacific deployment while conducting operations in support of national security.
"I am exceptionally proud of the crew's efforts to prepare for, sustain and successfully execute every phase of this deployment - from our initial training more than a year ago, to the final transit home," said Cmdr. David S. Cox, Louisville's commanding officer and native of Dallas, Texas. "As commanding officer, it has been my privilege to lead such a fine group of professional young men in carrying out our nation's most important taskings, and I could not be prouder of their accomplishments."
While on deployment, 28 submariners earned the right to wear the submarine warfare insignia, also known as "dolphins."