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YOKOSUKA, Japan - The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka Nov. 15 for a visit as part of its rotational deployment.
"Jacksonville is excited to be in the Western Pacific working alongside our friends and allies, and for more than half my crew this is the first opportunity to visit this region," said Cmdr. Nathan Sukols, Jacksonville's commanding officer. "We look forward to the professional challenges and experiences that this deployment will bring, and we are excited about the chance to explore Japan's beauty and learn about its unique culture."
Measuring more than 360-feet long and displacing more than 6,900 tons when submerged, Jacksonville is one of he stealthiest submarines in the world. This submarine is capable of supporting a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
"Our crew has worked extremely hard to make this deployment happen," said Senior Chief Jeff Simonds, chief of the boat. "We are all very excited to visit Yokosuka for some rest and relaxation, and we look forward to experiencing Japanese hospitality and sights."
For many of the crew members, this is their first time visiting Japan.
"This is my first time visiting a foreign country and I'm looking forward to experiencing Japanese culture and especially the cuisine," said Fire Control Technician Seaman John Muncher.
Commissioned in Groton, Conn. in 1981, Jacksonville is homeported Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.