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Submarine crew visits namesake city

By on September 20, 2017 at 2:48 pm

Pictured, from left, USS Columbia crew members Jacob Rey and Ian Sugg present a plaque bearing the submarine’s official seal to Columbia Mayor Kevin Hutchinson along with Commander Dave Edgerton during a send-off social last Tuesday evening at 11 South. (Alan Dooley photo)

It was a homecoming of sorts last week for Columbia’s namesake submarine.

Three crew members from the USS Columbia visited for a three-day stay.

Commander Dave Edgerton, Lieutenant Ian Sugg and Electrician’s Mate-Nuclear Petty Officer Second Class Jacob Rey represented the 121-man crew of the ship. 

It was a double homecoming for Rey, who is a 2012 graduate of Waterloo High School.

 A send-off social took place last Tuesday night at 11 South with more than 100 in attendance. 

The three Navy men visited Columbia schools prior to the send-off, making presentations about the ship, and talking to students about life in the Navy. The men also met with local Boy Scouts.

During the social, Edgerton described how intense submarine operations are, noting that when they are deployed from their Pearl Harbor home port, they are at sea 90 percent of the time, almost all underwater, seldom making port calls.

While not providing specific areas of operation in the Pacific and Indian oceans, Edgerton did say their mission is “to preserve peace by sustaining the best war fighting capability possible.”

He pointed out the importance of the Navy by saying 70 percent of the world is covered by oceans, and 80 percent of its population lives within 200 miles of ocean coasts.

Edgerton added that it is visits like the one to Columbia that remind him and the crew why they put in all the hard work and spend many months away from families and friends. ..>>> 

Read the rest of this story in the September 20 issue of the Republic-Times.

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Alan Dooley

Alan is a photojournalist -- he both shoots pictures and writes for the R-T. A 31-year Navy vet, he has lived worldwide, but with his wife Sherry, calls a rambling house south of Waterloo home. Alan counts astronomy as a hobby and is fascinated by just about everything scientific.