December 17, 2012

Fast attack submarine arrives in Maine for maintenance

By Dennis Hoey dhoey@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

KITTERY — The USS Topeka (SSN 754), a Navy fast attack submarine, and its crew of 120 enlisted personnel and 13 officers arrived Sunday at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery.

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In this 2009 photo, the USS Topeka departs Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego for a scheduled deployment to the western Pacific Ocean. Topeka was showcased in the movie, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."

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Shipyard spokesperson Danna Eddy said the Topeka, which recently completed a six-month deployment that took the submarine to the western Pacific Ocean, will undergo maintenance and system upgrades during its stay in Maine.

Its tour of duty, which covered more than 35,000 nautical miles, took the submarine to Japan, Singapore and Guam.

Topeka is the third ship of the U.S. Navy named for the city of Topeka. It is a Los Angeles-class nuclear powered submarine featuring a retractable bow plane and a reinforced sail for working under ice. It has Tomahawk cruise missile capability.

Topeka is assigned to the Pacific fleet . Its homeport is San Diego.

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