In this file photo, USS Mississippi (SSN 782) approaches the pier at Fleet Activities Yokosuka during a visit in November. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Brian G. Reynolds)

YOKOSUKA, Japan - The Virginia-class attack submarine USS Mississippi (SSN 782) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Jan. 22 for a routine visit as part of its deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

"It is great to be back in Yokosuka," said, Cmdr. Eric J. Rozek, commanding officer.

After two months at sea, this port visit marks Mississippi's 2nd time in Japan during its current deployment.

"Yokosuka is a great port to visit," said Master Chief Machinist's Mate (Auxiliary Equipment) Amanuel S. McMillan, Mississippi's chief of the boat. "It provides an opportunity for the crew to get some great food and take in the sights. I am always pleased to see a port visit on the schedule so that my Sailors can get the time to call family members, shop at local stores, and relax after a long underway because they have earned it,"

Mississippi is one of the most technologically advanced and stealthiest submarines in the world and is capable of fulfilling a multitude of missions. Mississippi is homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.