YOKOSUKA, Japan – The last of the improved Los Angeles-class submarines, USS Cheyenne (SSN 773), arrived in Yokosuka May 24 as part of its Western Pacific Deployment.
With a crew of approximately 150 Sailors, Cheyenne continues to test its capabilities, exercising this submarine’s ability to conduct sustained forward deployed operations throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Throughout their time in the region the crew has enjoyed this deployment, and are proud of their accomplishments as a team, said Cmdr. Noel Gonzalez, Cheyenne’s commanding officer.
“All of us are looking forward to finishing this deployment and being home with our loved ones who have supported us every day since we left,” said Gonzalez. “I am very proud of the way everyone has taken care of each other, how we safely enjoyed all the ports we visited, and the international relationships we established in each port.”
During this visit to Yokosuka, the crew will have the opportunity to strengthen friendships with their Japanese counterparts from the crew of JS Uzushio, through a series of social engagements, soccer games, and other activities.
“The men of the mighty warship Cheyenne are ready for some rest and relaxation,” said Electronic Technician Master Chief Michael Hinkle, chief of the boat. “This port visit will allow our crew to enjoy some of the best liberty the Pacific has to offer. Japan is a favorite for many of our crew. I have heard some amazing stories about the people and the country, and I expect nothing less than an outstanding port visit.”
Many of the crew members represent nearly every state in the U.S. and territories; embodying America’s fighting spirit by being at the forefront of their nation’s defense.
While some crew members have never visited Japan before, many are excited to return.
“I am looking forward to visiting Tokyo again and eating some tasty shabushabu,” said Electronic Technician Chief Ethan Mayo. “This is my fifth visit to Yokosuka, and this is by far my favorite port!”
Home ported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Cheyenne is one of the most capable fast-attack submarines in the U.S. Navy. This submarine’s enhanced warfighting capabilities include vertical launch cruise missiles, advanced sonar systems, and a state of the art engine room. This sophisticated design provides Cheyenne the ability to operate in any of the world’s oceans, making the ship ready for any mission.