Texas joins Tucson at Yokosuka

Texas joins Tucson at Yokosuka

by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian G. Reynolds, Submarine Group 7 Public Affairs
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FLEET ACTIVITIES YOKOSUKA, Japan – The Virginia-class attack submarine USS Texas (SSN 775) moored alongside the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Tucson (SSN 770) at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Dec. 6, 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 Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. It also demonstrates the U.S. Navy’s commitment to regional stability and maritime security in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

With a crew of approximately 140, Texas will conduct a multitude of missions and maintain proficiencies in the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet.

Texas is the second Virginia-class attack submarine commissioned by the United States Navy. This submarine is capable of executing a multitude of missions including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, and shallow water operations.

Measuring more than 377 feet long and weighing more than 7,900 tons when submerged, Texas is one of the quietest and most technologically advanced submarines in the world. Built in Newport News, Virginia, Texas was homeported in Groton, Connecticut before transferring to Pearl Harbor in 2009.

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