Cmdr. Seth Burton, commanding officer of the attack submarine Scranton, hugs his son after returning Monday to Norfolk, Va., from a six-month deployment. (MC1 Shannon D. Barnwell/Navy)
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The attack submarine Scranton returns from deployment Monday to its home port of Norfolk, Va., (MC1 Shannon D. Barnwell/Navy)
Electronics Technician 1st Class Joshua Sisk of the attack submarine Scranton hugs his sons after the ship moored at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on Monday. Scranton returned from a deployment that covered 40,000 nautical miles. (MC1 Shannon D. Barnwell/Navy)
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After more than six months at sea and more than 40,000 nautical miles traveled, the attack submarine Scranton returned to its home port of Norfolk, Va., on Monday.
Stops included Lisbon, Portugal; Fujairah, United Arab Emirates; Bahrain; Rota, Spain; and Diego Garcia, according to a Navy news release.
The trip also marked a first for the modern attack-sub fleet: Submariners on Scranton used a 24-hour work cycle, a departure from the sub fleet’s traditional 18-hour “submarine day.”
Some Navy researchers say the move could help sailors establish better sleep patterns. Sailors aboard the ballistic-missile sub Rhode Island tried a six-week run with the 24-hour schedule in 2010; about 7 in 10 preferred the new setup, but some said the longer shifts made it tougher to stay alert and that a three-section, eight-hour rotation could create scheduling problems.
If the Scranton’s crew was tired, it didn’t show.
“I could not be prouder of the amazing work my crew accomplished on this deployment and the positive impression they left on the citizens of Europe and the Middle East,” said the sub’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Seth Burton, in the release.
The sub, commissioned in 1991, saw 48 sailors advance in rank during the deployment, according to the release, and 29 earned submarine warfare qualifications.