By Lt. j.g. Jimmy Dinh, USS Tucson Public Affairs
SASEBO, Japan (NNS) -- Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Tucson (SSN 770) arrived at Fleet Activities Sasebo, Feb. 8, for a visit as part of its deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
The visit strengthens the already positive alliance between the U.S. and Japan through the crew's interaction with the Japanese community. It also demonstrates the U.S. Navy's commitment to maritime security in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.
"Japan is one of our closest allies in the Pacific and the Japanese-American relationship emphasizes our shared dedication to regional peace and stability," said Cmdr. Michael Beckette, commanding officer.
Tucson's crew has the ability to operate in varying environments and is always prepared to tackle any mission that comes its way.
"This will be Tucson's first visit to Japan on this deployment and many crew members are excited to experience the rich culture of Japan," said Senior Chief Electronics Technician Billy Daly Jr., chief of the boat.
Many of Tucson's crew members are excited to experience Japanese culture.
"Being able to visit other nations like Japan and to be immersed in their culture is one of the best perks in the U.S. Navy," said Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Corey Thuringer. "I am excited to share this experience with my fellow shipmates."
Measuring more than 360-feet long, Tucson is one of the stealthiest submarines in the world. This submarine is capable of supporting a multitude of missions including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, surveillance, and reconnaissance.
Homeported in Pearl Harbor, Tucson can operate in all oceans of the world. Tucson is the 59th Los Angeles-class attack submarine and the 30th of the Improved Los Angeles-class attack submarines to be built.
Twelve vertical launch tubes for Tomahawk cruise missiles and four torpedo tubes provide Tucson with great offensive capabilities and strategic value. Tucson's stealth, endurance, mobility and responsiveness make it a formidable force in multiple mission roles.