Houston at Yokosuka for Fleet Activities

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Tokyo- (PanOrient News) -- The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Houston (SSN 713) arrived at Yokosuka for Fleet Activities May 8 as a part of its deployment to the Western Pacific, U.S. Navy said.

The ship and crew of 140 will conduct a number of missions and display the latest resources of the submarine fleet.

"Warship Houston is poised and excited to enter in theater and provide the stability offered by our forward presence in the region," said Cmdr. Scott McGinnis, Houston's commanding officer. "We have trained long and hard to have this opportunity and we are ready to meet the demands of the operational commander. The name Houston has a proud legacy and heritage of excellence in the Western Pacific and we intend to continue this tradition."

Houston was originally designed to be a high-speed submarine escort for aircraft carrier strike groups and task forces. The ship is capable of supporting numerous national military objectives via a flexible and adaptable platform. Her training and exercises maintain her ability to deal with potential enemies at sea or on land.

Houston is one of the largest and stealthiest submarines in the world at more than 360 feet long and with a weight of over 8,000 tons when submerged. It is able to support a huge number of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti surface ship warfare, naval special warfare involving special operations forces, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, irregular warfare and mine warfare.

Houston is based at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, but after over 30 years of loyal service, the ship and will be carrying out its final deployment for the U.S. Navy.

Photo: The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Houston leaving Tokyo Bay before a port visit to Yokosuka for Fleet Activities.

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