USS Texas visits Subic Bay during Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment

Tom Hinde

Texas' namesake, USS Texas, a Virginia-class fast-attack submarine, arrived in Subic Bay as part of its Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment. Measuring more than 377 feet long and weighing more than 7,800 tons when submerged, Texas is one of the most technologically advance submarines in the world. It's capable of executing a multitude of missions including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, surveillance and reconnaissance, irregular warfare, mine warfare and shallow water operations.

Built in Newport News, Virginia from 2002 - 2004, Texas has been based out of Pearl Harbor since 2009. The boat is sponsored by former first lady Laura Bush. With a crew of approximately 135, Texas was the second Virginia-class fast-attack submarine commissioned by the United States and is operated by some of the Navy's finest and most well-trained officers and enlisted personnel according to Jamal McNeill with the Naval Office of Community Outreach.

Water covers more than 70 percent of the planet. The U.S. Navy is uniquely positioned, in the world's oceans, to protect America's interests anywhere, and at any time. "Texas sailors are hardworking and downright dedicated," said Master Chief Machinist's Mate Daniel Kloepfer, Texas's chief of the boat. Maintaining a forward-deployed nuclear submarine is not an easy task, and Subic Bay [visit] will allow for some much deserved rest for the crew."