September 8th the Honolulu Navy League welcomed home Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Olympia (SSN 717) from a seven-month, around-the-world deployment, conducting operations in support of national security. Electrician's Mate 2nd Class (nuclear) Henry Wagner, from Baltimore, Maryland, holds his newborn son for the first time during Olympia's homecoming. “Olympia and her crew performed with excellence,” said Master Chief Electronics Technician (Radio) Arturo Placencia, Olympia’s chief-of-the-boat, a native of Duncan, Oklahoma.
“For everyone onboard, this was the first time we completed a circumnavigation of the globe," Placencia said. "As a Pacific Fleet boat, this was also our first deployment in the 5th and 6th Fleet areas. We have been training towards this deployment for months, and it was great to see the Sailors put their skills and knowledge to the test.
"Our motto is ‘We do difficult things with excellence, strength and honor,’ and that’s exactly what our Sailors did,” he added.
The Navy League provides dinner for the Third Watch of all ships and submarines returning from deployment enabling as many of the crew as possible to be at home with their families.