Subic, Philippines — United States Navy fast-attack submarine USS Key West (SSN-722) arrived at Subic Bay on Wednesday for a regular port visit as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific.
The crew of 150 sailors is looking forward to its first stop in Subic Bay after more than a month at sea.
“I’m incredibly proud of the crew and what we’ve accomplished over the past couple of months,” said Cmdr. John Thompson, Key West’s commanding officer. “Their hard work to prepare for deployment was validated through a very successful execution. Now we have a new mission at hand – to represent the United States while enjoying the sights and experiences that the Philippines has to offer.”
Master Chief Electronics Technician Eric Baker, chief of the boat aboard Key West, expressed similar sentiments.
“This has been a very busy year for Key West and these men have worked very hard,” said Baker. “They are ready for this well-deserved port visit after a successful deployment and are eager to explore and take in the culture and sights of Subic Bay.”
“I haven’t seen my relatives in four years. I can’t wait to see them and eat and celebrate together,” said Electronics Technician 3rd Class Zachary Cenit whos looking forward to reconnect with his family in the Philippines.
A second-flight 688 submarine, Key West is designed to fit a variety of roles, including anti-submarine and anti-surface ship operations, as well as the intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance. The 360-foot, 6,900-ton vessel remains one of the stealthiest, most formidable submarines in the world. -US Navy, MLD