The members of MEGADETH made a brief stop to visit the Los Angelesclass attack submarine USS Helena (SSN 725) at the Naval Station in Norfolk, Virginia yesterday (Monday, August 1). Check out photos of their appearance below.USS Helena arrived in its new homeport at Naval Station in Norfolk on June 15.
According to the official United States Navy web site. Helena, commanded by Cmdr. Paul L. Dinius, was previously homeported in San Diego. On Sept. 2, 2009 the submarine arrived at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) in Kittery, Maine for extended maintenance, which included several system upgrades. Helena left the shipyard May 20 after completing the engineering overhaul.
Fast-attack submarines like Helena have multi-faceted missions. They use their stealth, persistence, agility and firepower to deploy and support special force operations, disrupt and destroy an adversary's military and economic operations at sea, provide early strike from close proximity, and ensure undersea superiority.
Helena is the 38th Los Angeles-class attach submarine and fourth ship to bear the name of the capital city, Helena, Montana. The submarine was built by the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, Connecticut, and commissioned July 11, 1987. The 360-foot ship has a current crew compilment of 16 officers and 134 enlisted Sailors, and displaces more than 7,100 tons of water. U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Todd A. Schaffer / Released