U.S. Navy officials report the USS Topeka submarine returned to its home port of Apra Harbor, Guam, on March 30 after a forward-operating period during the past three months in the western Pacific.
According to the Navy, the Los Angeles-class attack submarine “conducted routine patrols throughout the Indo-Pacific region in support of maritime security operations that promote stability while maintaining key partnerships with allies across the region” under the command of Cmdr. Steven Tarr III.
“There’s no place like Guam,” Tarr said in a statement. “My crew trained hard before we left to ensure we were prepared to conduct our national tasking. I am incredibly proud of each and every one of them.”
In January, Navy official s reported the submarine’s Japan visit strengthened the already positive alliance between the U.S. and Japan through the crew’s interaction with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and demonstrates the Navy’s commitment to regional stability and maritime security in the U.S. 7th Fleet operations area.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reported in January that the USS Topeka, commissioned in 1989, has appeared in the second movie of the “Transformers” series and on the TV series “24.” It also drew media attention by straddling the international dateline at the beginning of Jan. 1, 2000.
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