YOKOSUKA, Japan— USS Pioneer (MCM 9), forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan, as part of the U.S. 7th Fleet, made a goodwill port visit to Uki, Kumamoto, Japan on October 18, 2019.
Pioneer, commanded by Lt. Cmdr. Bobby Wayland, is an Avenger-class mine countermeasure ship and is 68.3 meters in length. The ship displaces approximately 1,300 tons with a crew size of approximately 80.
While in Uki, the crew is looking forward to meeting citizens, sightseeing, shopping, enjoying the local cuisine and cultural attractions and learning more about the scenic and historic area of Uki, Japan.