US fast-attack submarine Key West visits Subic Bay

MANILA — The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Key West (SSN 722) arrived in Subic Bay yesterday for a routine port visit as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific.

After more than a month at sea, the crew of 150 sailors is looking forward to its first stop in Subic Bay.

Production of the Los Angeles-class submarines began in the early 1980s and it is currently the most numerous class of submarine in use in the world.

A second-flight 688 submarine, Key West is designed to fit a variety of roles, including anti-submarine and anti-surface ship operations, as well as intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance. The 360-foot, 6,900-ton vessel remains one of the stealthiest, most formidable submarines in the world. PNA