Grows. 25 (UPI) – The USS Oklahoma City has returned to the US Naval Base in Guam after the submarine participated in a major military exercise, the Navy said.
The U.S. Navy Submarine Squadron 15 announced Tuesday on Facebook that the Los Angeles-class submarine has returned from a scheduled deployment on August 20.
During the deployment, the ship carried out surveillance, training and other missions in support of the area of operations of the 7th US Fleet.
The USS Oklahoma City deployment was part of the US Navy’s Large Scale Exercise 2021, which began earlier this month.
The exercise spans multiple fleets and is designed to improve preparation for potential combat problems and scenarios while improving synchronization of sea operations, the Navy said.
The U.S. 3rd Fleet moved its headquarters from San Diego to tents in Hawaii to serve as the headquarters for the exercise, which Vice Admiral of the Fleet Steve Koehler described as an unprecedented maritime training event.
During the operation, the USS Oklahoma City also took part in the Freedom Banner exercise, the Navy said on Twitter.
The exercise included coordination between the U.S. Navy and the Marine Corps to improve readiness and potential contingencies while testing the delivery of equipment and cargo, according to a Navy news release.
Ships, including the USS Dahl, loaded equipment and personnel that were later delivered during the exercise.
The nuclear powered USS Oklahoma City, first commissioned in 1988, is 100 meters long and weighs 6,200 tons when fully displaced. The ship is also one of 22 the Navy plans to retire in 2022.