YOKOSUKA, Japan (June 13, 2012) The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN 727) arrives at Fleet Activities Yokosuka. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Mercil)

YOKOSUKA, Japan - The Ohio-class guided missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN 727) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, June 13, for a visit as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific.

"The crew of Michigan and I are very proud of our deployment so far and are a ready force for any mission given to us by our operational commander," said Capt. James Horten, Michigan's commanding officer. "As a multi-mission submarine that specializes in strike with tomahawk cruise missiles and naval special warfare, Michigan is an ideal deterrent given her stealth and agility."

"Our crew has worked extremely hard during our recent voyage repair period, and it has been a while since they have had a liberty port," said Chief of the Boat Randall Pruitt. "Yokosuka will be a welcome break for the crew and a great chance to see the wonderful sites in Japan."

For many of Michigan's approximately 150 crew members, this is the first time visiting Japan.

"I have never been to Japan and I am really looking forward to being there," said Machinist Mate 1st class Quinn A. Ralston. "I admire Japanese culture and I plan on seeing a lot of temples and showing my respect to the country and her beautiful people."

Measuring more than 560 feet long and weighing more than 18,000 tons when submerged, Michigan is one of the largest, stealthiest and most versatile submarines in the world. This submarine is capable of supporting a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, naval special warfare involving special operations forces, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and irregular warfare.

Michigan is homeported in Bangor, Wash., and is forward deployed out of Guam.