USS Greeneville Returns to Pearl Harbor

USS Greeneville (SSN 772) returned to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after completing a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific region, Dec. 14.

USS Greeneville (SSN 772) moors to the pier at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Dec. 14 as she returns from a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steven Khor)

USS Greeneville (SSN 772) moors to the pier at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Dec. 14 as she returns from a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steven Khor)

“Greeneville is proud to return to Pearl Harbor after an extremely successful six month deployment having not only achieved the national goals assigned to her, but also having served as ambassadors of American goodwill in three countries, “said Cmdr. Martin Muckian, Greeneville’s commanding officer.

The Los Angeles-class submarine completed a variety of operations and several training exercises throughout the deployment, contributing to the nation’s strategic posture in the region. Greeneville also strengthened relationships between the United States and the Republic of Korea during a multinational exercise with the Korean Naval Forces.

With about 60 percent of the crew making their first Western Pacific deployment, the crew had the opportunity for invaluable training and unique experiences. During the deployment, 26 enlisted Sailors became submarine qualified and are now entitled to wear the enlisted submarine warfare insignia. A large number of the crew also completed advanced qualifications, including Engineering Watch Supervisor, Diving Officer of the Watch, and Chief of the Watch. These qualifications will ensure that Greeneville’s performance will remain strong following deployment.

“For many of the crew this will be one of the few times in their life to experience foreign cultures first hand,” said Master Chief Electronics Technician Marcus Hensley, Greeneville’s chief of the boat.

With more than 34,000 nautical miles steamed and multiple challenging operations completed, the crew had the opportunity to enjoy several ports visits including Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, Saipan and Singapore, during their six month months away from Pearl Harbor. While in Singapore, the Sailors assisted the Riding for the Disabled Association, a non-profit organization that offers free horse rides to those with disabilities. The Sailors helped clean and performed maintenance on the association’s facilities.

Navy Sailor From Honolulu Beats a Former Mainland Town Councilor Unconscious

Two sailors facing felony charges for allegedly beating a former Kittery, Maine, town councilor unconscious and leaving him on a city street Friday night were ordered held on $200,000 cash bail.

The victim was identified in court Tuesday as Stephen Huntress, 48, of Kittery Point, Maine. Huntress is a former chairman of the Kittery Town Council.

Police ask anyone who might have witnessed the alleged assault in the area of Bow and Chapel streets to call Detective John Peracchi at 610-7432 or Detective Lt. Corey MacDonald at 610-7548. Seacoast Crime Stoppers accepts anonymous tips at 431-1199 or www.seacoastcrimestoppers.org.

Gerald Smith, 22, of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Sandy Portobanco, 23, of Inglewood, Calif., both sailors on the USS Greeneville, which is currently at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, were arraigned via video from the Rockingham County House of Corrections on Tuesday morning. Each man was charged with first-degree assault, a Class A felony, and witness tampering, a Class B felony.

“They left a man in the streets of Portsmouth in the middle of the night to die,” said prosecutor Karl Durand…

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Of course this wouldn’t be the first time a sailor from the USS Greeneville got in trouble.

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