Story by Ens. Jason Herrera, USS Topeka Public Affairs
Manila — The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Topeka (SSN 754) arrived at Subic Bay Jan. 12 as part of its routine Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment.
With a crew of 160 Sailors, Topeka will conduct a multitude of missions and maintain proficiency of the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet.
“The United States Navy continues to enjoy a close relationship with the Republic of the Philippines,” said Cmdr. David P. Lammers, commanding officer. “Through port visits such as this one, we strengthen our ties and foster valuable cultural exchange. The more we interact, the better we will understand one another and the stronger our alliance will become. I appreciate the efforts that make us feel so welcome when we visit Subic Bay.”
Filipino-American Sailors aboard will have an opportunity to connect with their heritage.
“Having moved from the Philippines and been raised in California from the age of three, I never really had a chance to experience true Filipino culture outside of my own family,” said Machinist Mate 1st Class Juan Paulo Reyes. “This trip to Subic that the Navy has offered me is a great opportunity to explore my heritage and connect with members of my family still in the Philippines.”
For many crew members, this is their first time visiting the Philippines.
Topeka is a marvel of modern engineering, capable of operating at depths greater than 800 feet at speeds up to 25 nautical miles per hour.
Measuring more than 300 feet long and weighing more than 6,000 tons, Topeka is one of the stealthiest submarines in the world. This submarine is capable of supporting a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, surveillance and reconnaissance.
Commissioned in 1989, Topeka has a long standing tradition of excellence and achievement. Its crew is highly trained and capable of supporting the boat through any mission cycle within short notice.
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