USS Asheville Visits Yokosuka, Japan

The Los Angeles class fast attack submarine USS Asheville (SSN 758) arrived in Yokosuka Apr. 16 for a visit as part of its Western Pacific deployment.

With a crew of approximately 147, Asheville will conduct a multitude of missions and showcase the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet.

“I am very proud of my talented crew aboard Asheville,” said Cmdr. Douglas Bradley, commanding officer of Asheville. “They have worked extremely hard to prepare for maritime security operations in the Western Pacific. This port visit to Japan highlights our nation’s commitment to regional security partnerships with our Pacific allies while providing a great cultural experience for my crew.”

Measuring more than 360 feet long and weighing more than 6,900 tons when submerged, Asheville is one of the stealthiest fast attack 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.

“The crew has been working extremely hard getting the Ashville ready for deployment,” said Senior Chief Fire Control Technician Roger Skeen, chief of the boat. “This port visit to Yokosuka will allow for much deserved rest and liberty for our men.”

For many of the crew members, this is their first time visiting Japan.

“I am excited to pull into Yokosuka, represent the United States and experience the Japanese culture,” said Hospital Corpsman 1st class Andrew Blalock, Asheville’s Sailor of the Year.

This submarine has an advanced combat control system, rapid commercial off the shelf insertion sonar system, and superior electronic support measures capability. Along with all these tactical advantages, retractable bow planes and a hardened sail enable Asheville to operate freely around the globe, including the Arctic Basin.

Asheville is home ported in San Diego, Calif.

Naval Today Staff, April 17, 2013