The U.S. Navy’s Virginia-class attack submarine USS Mississippi (SSN 782) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka on Feb. 12 for a routine visit as part of its deployment to the Indo-Pacific region.
After around three months at sea, this port visit marks Mississippi’s third time in Japan during its current deployment.
This kind of visit strengthens the already positive alliance between the U.S. and Japan through the crews’ 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.
With a crew of approximately 150 and measuring more than 360 feet long, Mississippi is one of the stealthiest and most technologically advanced submarines in the world. This submarine is capable of supporting a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface ship warfare (ASuW), strike intelligence, and reconnaissance (ISR).
Home-ported out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Mississippi is able to operate in waters around the world.
Seventh Fleet, which celebrates its 75th year in 2018, spans more than 124 million square kilometers, stretching from the International Date Line to the India/Pakistan border; and from the Kuril Islands in the North to the Antarctic in the South. Seventh Fleet’s area of operation encompasses 36 maritime countries and 50 percent of the world’s population with between 50-70 U.S. ships and submarines, 140 aircraft, and approximately 20,000 Sailors in the 7th Fleet.
MC2 Elesia Patten, Submarine Group 7