MCM Port Services Pilots in First Nuclear Submarine to Visit GTMO Since 1965
MCM Port Services was in the news once again for our work in helping the US Navy. The USS Columbus, a Los Angeles-class Fast Attack Submarine, recently visited Guantanamo Bay for a liberty call. MCM’s Yard Tug Boat escorted the submarine and loaded an MCM captain (Pilot) on board.
The Columbus can travel through any ocean, which makes her one of the world’s most advanced and lethal undersea vessels. The trip through the Panama Canal was the first time that the USS Columbus has operated outside of the Pacific waters.
According to the US Navy, while undersea, warfare is the ship’s primary mission. The Columbus has the ability to rapidly deploy into station, stay undetected for an extended period of time and swiftly execute her mission, faster than her predecessors. The ship is outfitted with a state of the art sonar sensor and processor; weapons control systems and advanced computer technologies.
The YTBs, or Yard Tug Bigs, are 108 feet long and have a 10-cylinder diesel engine generating 2,000 horsepower at the shaft. Although the Navy owns the YTBs, they’re operated and maintained by civilian contractors, in this case MCM. A captain and three crewmen pilot each YTB.
MCM’s YTB Pilot took control of the hi-tech submarine and navigated it to Wharf Bravo at GTMO Bay. Escorting this warship is just one of the mission critical services that MCM has provided for the US Navy.
The visit was also remarkable because it was the first time since 1965 that a submarine has been to GTMO.