PEARL HARBOR Hawaii ”” The submarine USS Key West departed Pearl Harbor on Sept. 20 on its way to be homeported at Naval Base Guam according to the Navy’s website. The submarine recently completed a two-year engineering overhaul and weapons systems upgrade at Pearl Harbor.
Key West will replace USS Buffalo as one of three submarines assigned to Submarine Squadron 15. Buffalo is expected to head to Pearl Harbor as its new homeport in 2013.
Key West joins USS Chicago and USS Oklahoma in its new squadron which also includes the submarine tender USS Frank Cable. The Chicago joined the squadron at Guam on April 19 replacing the USS Houston.
During the cruise to Guam the 160-man crew will be familiarized with the ship’s newly upgraded systems. The commanding officer of the Key West is Cmdr. Curtis P. Duncan.
Key West is the third submarine to bear the name of the city and is a Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine with Tomahawk vertical launch capability. She was built at Newport News Va. launched in 1985 and commissioned in September 1987 according to the website.