YOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 6, 2011) The Los Angeles-Class fast attack submarine USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) is moored at Fleet Actificites Yokosuka as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific Region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class David Mercil)

YOKOSUKA, Japan - The Los Angeles class fast attack submarine USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) moored at Fleet Activities Yokosuka Sept. 6 for a visit as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific.

With a crew of approximately 130, Albuquerque will conduct a multitude of missions and showcase the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet.

"Our presence in the region signifies the continued strong relationship between the United States and Japan," said Cmdr. Chris Cavanaugh, Albuquerque's commanding officer. "The crew is excited to experience the rich culture Japan has to offer."

Measuring more than 360 feet long and weighing more than 6,900 tons when submerged, Albuquerque is one of the most technologically advanced fast attack submarines in the world. This submarine is capable of supporting a multitude of missions including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, intelligence collection, and mine warfare.

"We have worked hard over the past several months in both preparation and execution of this deployment," said electronics technician master chief (submarine service) Richard Penny, the chief of the boat. "This port visit will be a great opportunity for our sailors to get some much needed rest and relaxation."

For most of the crew members, this is their first time visiting Japan.

"Visiting Japan is something that I've always dreamed of doing," said yeoman 3rd class (submarine service) Benjamin Stone. "I'm looking forward to indulging in Japan's unique heritage."

Albuquerque is the second United States warship to be named after the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was launched on March 13, 1982, and commissioned on May 21, 1983. Albuquerque is the 19th ship in its class and is homeported in San Diego, Ca.