FLEET ACTIVITIES SASEBO, Japan (NNS) -- The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Alexandria (SSN 757) arrived at the Fleet Activities Sasebo Dec. 22 for a visit as part of its Indo-Asia-Pacific patrol.
The visit strengthens the already positive alliance between the U.S. and Japan through the crews' interaction with the Japanese 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.
"Alexandria departed the shipyard in Portsmouth, New Hampshire a little over one year ago," said Cmdr. Todd Santala, commanding officer. "Today the ship is at the front line of the United States Navy and the submarine force, ready to conduct any mission in the [Indo-Asia-Pacific region]. It is a privilege for me to share this experience with my crew and enjoy our first liberty port together in Sasebo, Japan."
Alexandria is an Improved Los Angeles-class attack submarine with some of the most advanced submarine systems in the world. Its speed, stealth, mobility, capability and sheer firepower make Alexandria one of the most powerful weapons in our nation's defense arsenal. This submarine is capable of executing anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, naval special warfare involving special operations forces, irregular warfare and mine warfare.
"The crew of the mighty warship Alexandria has performed exceptionally during these first months of deployment," said Master Chief Machinist's Mate Seth Voyce. "We are all excited to spend a few days ashore to visit with our families and strengthen our relations with Japan."
Many crewmembers are excited to experience the rich culture of Japan.
"I have been looking forward to visiting Japan for a long time," said Logistics Specialist 1st Class Tyler Woline. "I think Japan has a very unique culture. I'm looking forward to seeing a different way of life and eating some great food that I have never had before."
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.