SASEBO, Japan (NNS) -- Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Alexandria (SSN 757) arrived at Fleet Activities Sasebo for a visit as part of its Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment, Feb. 19.
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 of Alexandria is looking forward to another opportunity for liberty in Sasebo," said Cmdr. Todd Santala, commanding officer of Alexandria. "They take great pride in their ability to operate Alexandria across the spectrum of submarine mission areas, to include their actions as ambassadors of the United States Navy abroad."
Alexandria is an improved Los Angeles-class submarine with some of the most advanced submarine systems in the world. Its speed, stealth, mobility and sheer firepower make it one of the most powerful weapons in the U.S. national defense arsenal. The submarine is capable of executing anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, naval special warfare, irregular warfare, and mine warfare.
"Our first trip to Sasebo in December was an exceptional experience for the entire crew, and we are looking forward to exploring the Japanese culture here for a few more days," said Master Chief Machinist's Mate Seth Voyce, chief of the boat. "Plus, any chance to show off my crew is an opportunity I relish. I am proud of every single one of these men. They are truly exceptional Sailors and they've earned a few days to relax before we get back to work."
Many of the crew members were excited to return to Sasebo.
"Since we are returning to Sasebo, I will have more of an opportunity to explore the surrounding area," said Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Christian Hempfling. "It will also be a good opportunity to unwind from the rigor of everyday submarine life, talk to my family, and relax a little bit."
Measuring more than 362 feet long and weighing more than 6,500 tons when submerged, Alexandria is one of the stealthiest submarines in the world.
Homeported in San Diego, Alexandria operates independently or with other Navy forces. It makes its own power, air, and water. The only thing which limits Alexandria is how much food it can take on board. All of these capabilities make Alexandria the ideal platform to carry out its nation's bidding.
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