Navy Lt. Jordon C. Sims, whose wife, Megan, is the daughter of Marylou Donhauser of Pylesville, and Michael Donhauser Jr. of Bel Air, and sailors from the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Cheyenne (SSN 773), departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a scheduled six-month deployment in the Western Pacific region.
The crew had anxiously waited for the day to deploy after having spent months preparing and training for the missions they will soon undertake. From different weather patterns to deployed operational tasking, Cheyenne will face many challenges during deployment that are not normally encountered in the local operating area.
Along with accomplishing the mission, the deployment will provide an opportunity to gain experience for many on the crew to include watchstanding and submarine qualifications.
Commissioned in September 1996, USS Cheyenne is the third ship of the U.S. Navy to be named for Cheyenne, Wyo., and is one of the most capable attack submarines in the world. She can launch harpoon and Tomahawk missiles as well as Mark-48 torpedoes.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun