SASEBO, Japan (NNS) — Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Bremerton (SSN 698) arrived at Fleet Activities Sasebo for a visit, April 6, as part of its deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
This visit strengthens the already positive alliance between the U.S. and Japan through the crew’s interaction with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force. It also demonstrates the U.S. Navy’s commitment to regional stability and maritime security in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.
“My crew is excited to visit Sasebo,” said Cmdr. Wes Bringham, commanding officer. “Our partnership with Japan is very important to security in the Western Pacific and this port visit provides us a great opportunity to learn about our ally’s culture and history. Bremerton first visited Sasebo in March 1986 and my crew is proud to continue the long tradition of partnership between Japan and the U.S.”
Bremerton is capable of executing anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. “It takes a well-trained and motivated crew of top-notch Sailors to maintain America’s longest-serving submarine in her top warfighting condition,” said Command Master Chief Wade Jacobson, chief of the boat.
Measuring more than 360 feet long and weighing more than 6,000 tons when submerged, Bremerton is one of the stealthiest submarines in the world. Homeported in Pearl Harbor, Bremerton’s crew looks forward to representing the U.S. Navy as they continue their Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment.