The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Louisville returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam from a deployment last month, with a man from Garland at the helm.
“Louisville Sailors are some of the finest in the world,” said Commander Robert W. Rose, from Garland, and Louisville’s commanding officer. “Their hard work, ingenuity, and constant effort kept Louisville ready for every phase of deployment. As commanding officer, it is my absolute privilege to lead this crew in carrying out our nation’s most important tasking.”
Rose became commander of the Louisville during a change of command ceremony on Oct. 20, 2017, taking over for Commander David Cox.
As Rose assumed command of Louisville, he commended the crew for their accomplishments and told them to be ready for more hard work to come.
“I am honored to stand here as your shipmate,” said Rose. “You have been busy and have accomplished a lot. You should feel proud.”
During the recent deployment, 27 sailors were promoted and 26 sailors and six officers earned their submarine warfare qualification.
“Our strength on Louisville has always been our teamwork and mentorship; it’s what enables us to succeed,” said Senior Chief Fire Control Technician Teruedum A. Cox, a native of Goldsboro, North Carolina and Louisville’s Chief of the Boat. “The senior members of our crew did an incredible job training our junior sailors on the deck plate level. My hat’s off to our entire crew.”
While deployed, Louisville conducted port visits in U.S. 5th and 7th Fleets and hosted several Royal Thai Navy dignitaries during the bilateral exercise Guardian Sea.
“Seeing the crew serve as great hosts to our Thai allies on board speaks to the Louisville way,” said Senior Chief Yeoman (Submarine) Gary White, a native of Dallas, Texas. “For many on board, this was the first time they interacted with foreign Sailors, and it was an awesome opportunity for them to learn about a different culture.”
“Experiencing different cultures in the 5th and 7th Fleets was certainly a highlight of this deployment,” said Machinist’s Mate (Nuclear) 2nd Class Alex York, from Tucson, Arizona. “This will stick with me for many years.”
Louisville is the fourth United States ship to bear the name in honor of the city of Louisville, Kentucky. She is the 35th nuclear-powered fast-attack submarine of the Los Angeles-class design. The completion of her deployment in the 5th and 7th Fleet area of operations marks her last deployment as she prepares for decommission.
In January and February 1991, as Operation Desert Storm began, Louisville carried out the first war patrol conducted by an American submarine since World War II. It was the first submarine to launch Tomahawk missiles in combat. For this war patrol, Louisville was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation.
In July 1992, Louisville became the first attack submarine to work up and deploy with a carrier battle group in the Pacific.
In 2003, Louisville participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom, launching 16 Tomahawk missiles from the Red Sea against targets in Iraq. Her deployment was extended to eight and a half months in support of the campaign. She was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for her role in the operation.
Louisville completed an extensive overhaul in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, at the end of 2008. She returned to her homeport of Pearl Harbor in the spring of 2009.