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Los Angeles-class submarine heads for new home at Pearl Harbor

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

After spending five-and-a-half years deployed, the Los Angeles-class submarine USS Buffalo departed Guam on Friday as it heads to its new homeport of Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, according to the U.S. Navy.

The vessel's commanding officer, Commander Richard Seif, says that the submarine will take part in a scheduled maintenance period as it looks to stay ready for future assignments.

"I am extremely proud of my crew's sustained readiness as a forward deployed submarine," said Cmdr. Richard Seif, USS Buffalo commanding officer. "Our operating schedule has been very dynamic and very challenging, but my crew always exceeded my expectations and made sure we were ready to get the job done."

According to the Navy, the Buffalo conducted 11 missions vital to national security while it was deployed in Guam and visited Australia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Saipan, Japan, Singapore and Thailand during that time.

The USS Buffalo was built at Newport News, Va., launched in 1982, and commissioned in November 1983. The submarine won the 2011 Pacific Fleet Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy Award for superior performance and improved battle efficiency, the Navy says.

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