YOKOSUKA, JAPAN – On Saturday, June 4th the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) returned home to Yokosuka, Japan.
Initially conducting its Ships Restricted Availability (SRA), a period of extensive maintenance and upgrade, in Yokosuka, Lassen relocated to Sasebo Naval Base following the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
After spending nearly 10 weeks at Sasebo Naval Base, the $11 Million undertaking was complete and resulted in making Lassen the most combat capable DDG in the fleet. Lassen received many combat systems upgrades, allowing her to better carry out missions and provide enhanced defenses against air, surface, and sub-surface threats.
Not limited to combat systems upgrades Lassen also received fresh coats of paint, non-skid deck covering, and an overhaul of her engineering spaces, galley, and crew berthing. New gym equipment and crew lounge were provided by Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR), making it easier for sailors to adapt to life at sea.
Departing Sasebo, Lassen spent 4 days conducting sea trials and after ammo on-load, continued steaming to Yokosuka. While in her forward-deployed home, Lassen will continue to prepare for follow-on tasking throughout the 7th Fleet area of operations. Lassen is assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and is forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan.