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USS Topeka visits Yokosuka during Indo-Pacific patrol

02 March 2018

From Lt. j. g. Jason L. Herrera, USS Topeka

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, March 2, for a visit as part of its Indo-Pacific region deployment.

YOKOSUKA, Japan - The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Topeka (SSN 754) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, March 2 for a visit as part of its Indo-Pacific region deployment.

The visit strengthens the already positive alliance between the U.S. and Japan through the crew’s interaction with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). It also demonstrates the U.S. Navy’s commitment to regional stability and maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to visit Japan again and engage with our host ship JS Zuiryu (SS 505),” said Cmdr. Steven Tarr III, commanding officer. “I believe the relationship between the United States Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force contributes to peace, security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. My first port visit at the start of my naval career was Yokosuka and it had a profound impact on my life. I’m looking forward to introducing the future of the submarine force and Navy to our allies and their unique culture.”

Topeka is capable of operating at depths greater than 600 feet and at speeds exceeding 25 knots.

“As the crew of one of the world’s most capable warships, we rigorously train to operate our ship at peace time and war time, in port and at sea,” said Tarr. “This deployment affords our crew the opportunity to maintain the utmost operational readiness.” Topeka’s crewmembers are excited to experience the rich culture of Japan.

“The crew has been working hard on this deployment and this port visit to Yokosuka will allow them to experience the unique culture of Japan,” said Lt. Cmdr. Emil D’Innocenzo, executive officer.

Measuring more than 300 feet long and weighing more than 6,000 tons, Topeka is one of the stealthiest submarines in the world. The submarine is capable of supporting a multitude of missions, including: anti- submarine warfare, strike, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

“I am very excited about making the port visit to Japan,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Macalalag. “Besides visiting Kamakura and the big Buddha, I can’t wait to eat some fresh sushi and marvel at the view from Tokyo Tower.”

Commissioned in 1989, Topeka has a long standing tradition of excellence and achievement. Its crew is highly trained and capable of supporting the boat through any mission cycle within short notice. Topeka is homeported in Guam.

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