The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Houston (SSN 713) arrived in Sasebo, Japan, for a visit as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific, Sept. 10.
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 responsibility.
Houston is a fast attack submarine equipped with four torpedo tubes, two countermeasure tubes, and the ability to deploy and operate around the globe. Houston’s design and crew spirit has earned recognition for being one of the fastest and fiercest vessels in the Pacific.
Cmdr. Scott McGinnis, USS Houston’s commanding officer, said:
Prior to arriving in Sasebo, Houston enhanced its tactical readiness by completing additional navigation and submarine operations training in addition to participating in the CARAT Singapore Exercise in July.
Measuring 360 feet long and displacing 6,900 tons when submerged, Houston is one of the stealthiest submarines in the world. This submarine is capable of supporting a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, intelligence and surveillance and reconnaissance.
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