HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – An attack submarine has returned to its Connecticut base from a rare “surge deployment” to carry out a secret mission in European waters.

USS Missouri had been home from its first deployment for only three months when it was sent overseas again in March.

While the Navy has declined to provide details, it said the submarine left March 24 to conduct “security missions in the U.S. European Command region.”

At the time, Russia was completing its takeover of Crimea, and the U.S. Navy has sent three surface ships to the Black Sea since the escalation of tensions.

The boat returned to Groton last weekend after 11 weeks overseas, completing the first “surge deployment” involving an attack submarine to be announced by the Navy in eight years.

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