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by Christopher Annino
On October 15, Commander Michael Savageaux safely led his 13 officers and 121 enlisted sailors safely home to the open arms of their friends and family waiting at the Naval Submarine Base New London. The USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) was commissioned November 23, 1985 and is the fourth-Navy vessel to be named for Pittsburgh, PA. The USS Pittsburgh, a Los Angeles-class attack submarine, uses its stealth, persistence, agility and firepower to deploy and support special force missions.
“It is great to see all the families today and it is nice to come home, I am very proud of my men and what we accomplished,” said Commander Savageaux.
The Pittsburgh departed for deployment on April 1 and conducted operations in the European Command area. It also supported with missions vital to national security interests. Some of the ports visited were in Scotland, Norway, France, and England.