USS Scranton sailors home from Med

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Posted on August 17, 2011 at 8:26 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 17 at 5:41 PM

NORFOLK - The crew of USS Scranton came home Wednesday afternoon to Naval Station Norfolk.

The submarine left Norfolk on January 21 for the European Command area.  The 360-foot sub nicknamed "the iron horse" has a crew compliment of 16 officers and 122 enlisted Sailors.

USS Scranton steamed more than 42,000 nautical miles and stopped in Portsmouth, United Kingdom; Souda Bay, Crete; Rota, Spain; Toulon, France; and Lisbon, Portugal.

Scranton and crew participated in Operation Odyssey Dawn, the NATO campaign against Moammar Gadhafi's regime in Libya.

In March, international media outlets reported that Scranton was among a number of US And British warships and subs which launched 112 Tomahawk cruise missiles on Libya.

Commander Paul Whitescarver said they "were given a little bit of a heads-up by European Command before we headed towards the Mediterranean."

Electronics Technician 2nd class Matt Witte is relieved to be home.

"Me, like every other guy on there, is extremely proud of what we did. [It] wasn't easy but we're home and we've earned it," said Witte.

"It's amazing!  Seven months of going to bed alone and waking up alone, taking care of the kids alone, it's really exciting having him home," said Varshay Jack.  "I am so ready."

 

 

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