SEPANGAR, Malaysia (Oct. 13, 2011) Los Angeles-class submarine USS Columbia (SSN 771) prepares to come alongside submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) on the U.S. Navy's 236th birthday. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Williamson)

KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia - Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Columbia (SSN 771) arrived at Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia Oct. 13 for a visit as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific.

Columbia conducted a coordinated moor with submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39).

With a crew of approximately 133, Columbia conducts a multitude of missions and showcases the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet.

"Columbia continues to prove to be a valuable asset to the fleet and looks forward to continuing a successful deployment," said Cmdr. Dennis J. Klein, Columbia's commanding officer. "We have a special privilege of visiting Kota Kinabalu and strengthening an emerging bond of military friendship and cooperation with our Malaysian Navy counterparts. The Columbia and her crew are honored to play a role in this growing relationship."

While alongside Emory S. Land, Columbia will receive a variety of submarine support services to ensure all systems are fully functioning and operational when she returns to sea

"The crew has put forth enormous effort and hard work to push through our Western Pacific deployment," said Master Chief Electronic Technician (SS) Don W. Williams, Columbia's chief of the boat. "Arriving in Kota Kinabalu, we find ourselves among the privileged few who have the opportunity to visit this port."

For the entire crew of Columbia, this is their first time visiting Malaysia.

"I am very excited to visit this new port," said Chief Culinary Specialist Brian Broughton. "I am anxious to experience the culture and cuisine of this country. Plus, Kota Kinabalu's beautiful island atmosphere will offer a little taste of home with some well deserved rest and relaxation before we head back out to sea."

Measuring more than 360-feet long and weighing more than 6,900 tons when submerged, Columbia 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, naval intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and mine warfare.

Columbia is homeported in Pearl Harbor.

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