Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Lavin, USS Emory S. Land Public Affairs
Yokosuka, Japan—Submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) arrived in Yokosuka, Japan May 24, 2012 for a port call as a part of their extended deployment.
The arrival is the second stop Land has made in Japan this month since ending its voyage repair period in Subic Bay, Philippines.
“I could not be happier with the work and professionalism of the crew during this deployment,” said Capt. Glenn Pendrick, commanding officer USS Emory S. Land. “The work we do is vital to the mission success of the 7th Fleet and the Navy as a whole.”
“I love Japan,” said Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class Travis Motl. “The people are very welcoming and the country itself is beautiful.”
Like Motl, many Sailors assigned to Land are in an expeditionary capacity from USS Frank Cable (AS 40).
While in port, Land’s Repair Department will utilize its support capabilities to make critical repairs to other Navy vessels.
“We anticipate performing multiple support services while in Yokosuka just as we did in Sasebo,” said Pendrick.
Along with servicing other Navy ships, Land’s crew also participates in a multitude of community service projects (COMSERVs) ranging from soccer games to delivering goodwill items.
“The COMSERVs are one of my favorite things to do while we are in port,” said Operations Specialist Seaman Recruit Briyanni Walker. “It’s a great way to represent the U.S. and you really connect with the local community.”
USS Emory S. Land, homeported in Diego Garcia, is on an extended deployment conducting coordinated tending moorings and afloat maintenance in the U.S. 7th fleet area of operations.
To learn more about USS Emory S. Land visit http://www.as39.nay.mil