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    Friday, October 07, 2022

    USS Minnesota returns from deployment

    Petty Officer 3rd Class Shomari Yearwood, left, is embraced by his brother Devon Williams, and his mother Icilma Williams, right, moves in for her hug as the U.S. Navy Virginia-class attack submarine USS Minnesota (SSN 783) returns to the Navy submarine base in Groton, Conn., Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 following a nearly seven-month deployment. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Groton — It may have been a day after Thanksgiving, but the crew and families of the U.S. Navy's Virginia-class attack submarine USS Minnesota were thankful anyway for the safe return following nearly seven months at sea.

    Commander Bradley Bozin, the submarine's commanding officer, said in a prepared statement, "I've been inspired by the crew of the Minnesota on this nearly seven-month deployment."

    Bozin added that he thanked the families of the crew for their sacrifices during the deployment. "Our success rests on their strength."

    The families gathered for over an hour under tents on the base waterfront, huddling around outdoor heaters and avoiding the rain showers as they waited for the first glimpse of the vessel carrying their loved ones. When the submarine finally appeared, guided by the Thames Towboat Co. tugs Paul A. Wronowski and John P. Wronowski, cheers sounded from the waterfront.

    The ceremonial first kiss went to Seaman Kyle Hodgson and Steffanie Dube, while the first hug went to Petty Officer 2nd Class Tyler Porter and his wife Brittany and children Athena, 3, and Apollo, 11 months. Three newly pinned chief petty officers were next in line to greet their families. The three, Chief Yeoman Steven Shinavier, Chief Electronic Technician Alexander Alkema, and Chief Machinists Mate Sean Ingino, were pinned in a ceremony on board. The new chief pinning ceremony on base was on Nov. 19.

    The Minnesota is the 10th vessel in the Virginia-class and is the third United States Navy vessel to bear the name and the second of two named for the state, while the other was named for the Minnesota River.

    Petty Officer 2nd Class Zack Greeley embraces his wife Emma on the pier as the U.S. Navy Virginia-class attack submarine USS Minnesota (SSN 783) returns to the Navy submarine base in Groton, Conn., Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, following a nearly seven-month deployment. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Commander Bradley Bozin, commanding officer of the U.S. Navy Virginia-class attack submarine USS Minnesota (SSN 783) greets his daughter Emily, 3, after greeting his sons Ben, 12, and Josh, 10, as the submarine returns to the Navy submarine base in Groton, Conn., Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, following a nearly seven-month deployment. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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    Crew of the U.S. Navy Virginia-class attack submarine USS Minnesota (SSN 783) salute as they cross the brow going ashore after returning to the navy submarine base in Groton, Conn., Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, following a nearly seven-month deployment. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
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