USS Philadelphia Deploys

Here's a picture from the Submarine Group TWO Facebook page showing USS Philadelphia (SSN 690) departing on her final deployment on Monday:

What are your most vivid memories of leaving on a deployment? Mine are from my first, on USS Topeka (SSN 754) in 1992. We left to great fanfare, then slunk back in the next day to repair the fairing on our radar mast that had come loose after our first trip to PD. The wives phone tree was activated; the initial message, "The boat's pulling in a a few hours, don't bother coming to base", quickly morphed into "Come to the base McDonald's right away for a briefing from the Commodore". Needless to say, there were quite a few concerned wives on the pier.