Tucson visits Yokosuka during Western Pacific Deployment
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- The improved Los Angeles-class, fast-attack submarine USS Tucson (SSN 770) arrived in Yokosuka, Japan, Jan. 10, for a visit as part of its Western Pacific deployment.
With a crew of approximately 147, Tucson will conduct a multitude of missions and showcase the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet.
"USS Tucson has maintained a high state of operational readiness and contributed to a sustained U.S. presence in the Western Pacific in support of our allies," said Cmdr. Ted O'Harrah, Tucson's commanding officer.
Tucson's crew has the ability to operate in varying environments and is always prepared to tackle any mission that comes their way.
"The men have worked and trained hard thus far on deployment and their performance over the past four months has met and surpassed expectations," said Master Chief Machinist's Mate John Adams, Tucson's chief of the boat.
For many of the crew members, this is their first time visiting Yokosuka.
"I am looking forward to sightseeing in Tokyo and possibly watching a drift racing competition," said Electronics Technician Steven Swain, a radioman onboard Tucson.
Measuring more than 360 feet long, Tucson is one of the stealthiest and most advanced submarines in the world. This submarine is capable of supporting a multitude of missions including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
Homeported out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Tucson is able to operate in all oceans of the world. Tucson is the 59th Los Angeles-class attack submarine and the 20th of the improved Los Angeles attack submarines to be built.