USS Key West Pays Visit to Yokosuka

The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Key West (SSN 722) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Aug. 29, for a visit as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific.

 

With a crew of approximately 160, Key West will conduct a multitude of missions and showcase the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet.

Key West is a second-flight Los Angeles-class submarine. Nuclear powered, the ship is able to create an endless supply of power, water and air. It is outfitted with four Mk 67 torpedo tubes and 12 Tomahawk cruise missile vertical launch tubes and is capable of reaching speeds greater than 25 knots and depths of more than 800 feet.

Measuring more than 360 feet long and weighing more than 6,900 tons when submerged, Key West is one of the deadliest submarines in the world. This submarine is capable of supporting a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Forward deployed to Guam, Key West will remain an active participant in patrolling the Pacific and hopes to make numerous port visits to Yokosuka over the next several years.

Press Release, September 03, 2014; Image: US Navy

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