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Topeka Visits Yokosuka during Indo-Asia-Pacific Deployment

By Lt. j.g. Jason L. Herrera | | Jan. 18, 2017

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Topeka (SSN 754) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka Jan. 17 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 crew's 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.

"We are honored to have the opportunity to visit Japan," said Cmdr. Steven Tarr III, commanding officer. "I believe that healthy relationships between the United States Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force contribute to peace, security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Through port visits such as this we fortify our bond and introduce many of our young Sailors to our allies and their unique culture. I appreciate the efforts that made this visit to Yokosuka possible."

Topeka is a marvel of modern engineering, capable of operating at depths greater than 800 feet and at speeds exceeding 25 nautical miles per hour.

"The crew has been working hard on this deployment and this port visit to Yokosuka will allow some much deserved rest for them all," said Master Chief Electronics Technician (navigation) Matthew Schecter, chief of the boat.

Many crew members are excited to experience the rich culture of Japan.

"I am excited about making the port visit to Japan," said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Davin Laurell. "The country is known for its exciting culinary scene. I am excited about trying new cuisine I haven't experienced."

Measuring more than 300 feet long and weighing more than 6,000 tons when submerged, Topeka 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, strike, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Commissioned in 1989, Topeka has a long standing tradition of excellence and achievement. Its crew is highly trained and capable of supporting the boat through any mission cycle within short notice.