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The ship returned at the end of 1999 from its first-ever six month
deployment. The ship and her embarked Special Operations Forces from
Seal Delivery Team ONE went from Pearl Harbor to Aqaba, Jordan and
back, steaming about 36,000 miles and visiting many ports around the
Our route took us from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii all the way to the
northeastern tip of Africa.
Here is a photo of the ship's bell taken in Aqaba, Jordan. In the
background is a Meritorious Unit Commendation pennant flown on the
small staff attached to the ship's sail where the bell is mounted.
The topside watch rings the bell to announce senior personnel
arriving and departing, or during fog at anchor.
The bell says "SSBN 642" because it's the original ship's
bell, made before USS Kamehameha's conversion to an SSN carrying Dry
Deck Shelters (DDS) for her primary mission.
Photo by JO2
In Sasebo, Japan, we moored the ship after evading a typhoon. That
night, the "red skies at night" thankfully foretold that the next
day's weather would be beautiful. The colors detail (shown here
properly folding the ship's ensign, or flag, at the end of the day)
was able to experience a beautiful sunset.
Photo by LT
This is what the seas looked like after departing Chinhae, Korea on
our way to Singapore.
Photo by LT
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