YOKOSUKA, Japan (Sept. 14, 2011) The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) is moored at Fleet Activities 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 Cheyenne (SSN 773) moored at Fleet Activities Yokosuka Sep. 14 for a visit as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific.

With a crew of approximately 150, Cheyenne will conduct a multitude of missions and showcase the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet.

"All of the training and preparation that lead up to this deployment really paid off," said Cmdr. Gary Rogeness, Cheyenne's commanding officer. "The opportunity for my crew to gain so many experiences in the Western Pacific is great for the Navy and the submarine force. My crew is very excited to stop in Japan and experience the culture of our partners in the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force."

Measuring more than 360 feet long and weighing more than 6,900 tons when submerged, Cheyenne is one of the most capable nuclear attack submarines in the world. Embodying the fighting spirit of the West, Cheyenne's enhanced war fighting capabilities include vertical launch cruise missiles, Submarine Advanced Combat System, and a state of engine room. This submarine is capable of supporting a multitude of missions including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, intelligence collection, and mine warfare.

"The crew's superb professionalism, loyal dedication and faithful service have been the backbone of Cheyenne's success during this deployment," said Chief of the Boat Henry E. LaPoint. "This is a much deserved port visit for the entire crew."

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

"I'm most looking forward to experiencing a whole new culture and learning about the history of this great region," said Machinist Mate 1st class David Moore.

Cheyenne is the third ship to be named for Cheyenne, Wyoming. She is the last of the 688-class submarines to be commissioned, and celebrated her 15-year commissioning anniversary Sept. 13. Cheyenne is homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.