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Texas Visits Sasebo During Indo-Asia-Pacific Deployment

By Lt. j.g. Eric Wootten, USS Texas Public Affairs | Jan. 20, 2016

SASEBO, Japan (NNS) -- Virginia-class attack submarine USS Texas (SSN 773) arrived at Fleet Activities Sasebo Jan. 20 for a visit as part of its Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment. 

The visit strengthens the already positive alliance between the U.S. and Japan through the crews' interaction with the Japanese 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. 

"The ship and crew have performed exceedingly well," said Cmdr. Todd Nethercott, commanding officer. "The ship's motto, 'Don't mess with Texas,' clearly depicts the ship's capabilities and the crew's spirit. The crew is looking forward to experiencing Sasebo and working with our close regional allies."

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

"Texas Sailors are professionals at sea and in port," said Master Chief Machinist's Mate Daniel Kloepfer, chief of the boat. "Our stop in Sasebo is exciting and the crew is ready to get out and see all of the interesting sites the country has to offer."

Many crew members said they are excited to experience the rich culture of Japan. 

"I had a great time the last time I visited Japan," said Electrician's Mate 1st Class Charles Ward. "I'm looking forward to experiencing a whole new set of adventures in Sasebo." 

Measuring more than 377 feet long and weighing more than 7,800 tons when submerged, Texas is one of the most technologically advanced submarines in the world. 

Built in Newport News, Virginia, from 2002 to 2004, Texas established its home in Groton, Connecticut, before transferring to Pearl Harbor in 2009. The boat is sponsored by former first lady Laura Bush. 

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