FLEET ACTIVITIES YOKOSUKA, Japan – The Virginia-class attack submarine USS Mississippi (SSN 782) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka March 11 for a routine visit as part of its maiden Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment.
The visit strengthens the already positive alliance between the U.S. and Japan through the crews’ 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.
"The crew has worked extremely hard to prepare for our maiden deployment," said Cmdr. Eric J. Rozek, commanding officer. "As we begin deployment, I’m excited at the opportunity my crew has to interact with our Pacific partners and allies."
Aligned with a compliment of 139 Sailors, Japan is the first ports of call for its 2016 deployment. With this being the first deployment for 86 percent of the crew, many are excited to experience the Japanese culture and visit the tourist sites.
"I’m excited to finally get to tour Japan," said Sonar Technician 1st Class Adam E. Copeland." I plan on visiting the Akihabara district, Imperial Palace and Tokyo Tower."
Mississippi is one of the most technically advanced and stealthiest submarines in the world and has the capabilities of fulfilling multiple missions. Mississippi adds
tremendous capabilities from the undersea domain to provide the United States, its allies and partners with capabilities to ensure access to trade routes, keeping stability throughout the region.
Mississippi is homeported in Pearl Harbor. It is one of ten submarines forward-deployed and serving the nation’s defense.