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Commanding officer, sailors from USS Louisville submarine visit namesake city

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The city of Louisville is rolling out the red carpet for the crew of the USS Louisville (SSN 724). U.S. Navy Commander Robert Figgs, the commanding officer of the submarine, and three of his Sailors are visiting namesake city of their ship this week.

Figgs and his Sailors are meeting with dignitaries like Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, and they are taking part in other events including a Caps for Kids event at the Kosair Children's Hospital.

The fourth ship and/or submarine named Louisville was commissioned on November 8, 1986, at the Naval Submarine Base, New London, Connecticut. The 35th nuclear powered fast attack submarine of the Los Angeles-class design, USS Louisville is one of the most advanced attack submarines in the world. Louisville is currently home-ported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

The USS Louisville's mission is to seek out and destroy enemy ships and submarines, and to protect our naval interests. At 360 ft and 6,900 tons, she is well equipped to accomplish this task. Faster than her predecessors and equipped with highly accurate sensors and weapons systems, Louisville is armed with sophisticated MK48 torpedoes and Tomahawk cruise missiles.

During Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, USS Louisville (SSN 724) made naval history by firing the first submarine launched Tomahawk cruise missile in combat. To accomplish this, Louisville conducted a 14,000 mile submerged, high-speed transit across the Pacific and Indian Oceans to the Red Sea; firing shortly after noon on 19 January 1991. Louisville returned to combat operations in 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom where she made history as the only Pacific Fleet SSN to have twice launched cruise missiles in combat when she fired numerous salvos into Iraq.

For more on the USS Louisville and Commander Figgs, visit:
www.csp.navy.mil/subssquadrons/louisville/louisville_homepage.shtml

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