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Board members of the Japan-America Society of Yokosuka were given a tour of the forward-deployed destroyer USS Lassen
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Japan-America Society of Yokosuka Visits Lassen

NNS100116-21 By Lt. j.g. Douglas W. Gates, USS Lassen Public Affairs

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Japan-America Society of Yokosuka board members received a tour of the forward-deployed destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) Jan. 13 at its forward-deployed port of Yokosuka, Japan.

Lassen commanding officer Cmdr. H.B. Le facilitated the visit, explaining the history of the 11-year-old ship and its namesake, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Cmdr. Clyde Lassen.

Lassen Sailors also participated in the tour, and explained several of the ship's combat systems including the Aegis combat suite, AN/SPY-1D radar, the Phalanx Close-in Weapon System (CWIS) and the destroyer's vertical launching system.

Visitors also experienced daily shipboard operations, observing watch teams in both the pilothouse and Combat Information Center. They also learned about flight operations, and the versatility of the various SH-60 Seahawk helicopter variants.

The Japan-America Society of Yokosuka promotes friendship and strives to maintain the bond between the United States and Japan.

Lassen is next scheduled to participate in a ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the U.S.-Japan security treaty Jan. 15. The ceremony will be held at the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force base in Yokosuka and will involve several Japanese and American dignitaries.

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