The crew of the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Olympia (SSN 717) welcomed First Lady Akie Abe, the wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, during a tour of the submarine Feb. 12.
The tour was conducted to reinforce the strategic alliance that exists between the U.S. and Japan, highlighting U.S. 7th Fleet’s partnership with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force.
Abe was accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy.
Sailors aboard Olympia were excited to show off what they do every day to ensure peace and stability in the region. The tour highlighted Olympia’s torpedo facilities and control center.
Olympia visited Yokosuka as a regularly-scheduled port visit as a part of its Western Pacific deployment.
Olympia is a multi-mission platform submarine, capable of supporting anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, naval special warfare involving special operation forces, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, irregular warfare and mine warfare.
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