USS Zumwalt Makes First Port Call in Japan
USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) departed Japan after a scheduled port call, Oct. 8. Zumwalt’s visit to the country is a reflection of the longstanding partnership between the United States and Japan, as well as their combined willingness to protect a free and open Indo-Pacific.
Japan is the farthest USS Zumwalt has steamed from its home port of Naval Base San Diego, even further than its visit to Guam last month.
“This port visit seems ordinary in nature, but was actually a culmination of years of hard work and planning,” said Zumwalt’s Command Master Chief Andrew Zalewski. “Every single Sailor onboard had a part in making this happen, and I’m glad we were able to see our hard work pay off.”
While in port, the ship was able to replenish supplies including food, repair parts, general stores, and mail. For many Sailors onboard, this was their first time visiting a foreign country. After a standard workday, the crew was allotted time to explore Japan and visit its many sights, try different foods, and experience the culture in a foreign place. Even on base, Sailors had access to amenities such as the liberty center, movie theater, and USO.
Zumwalt hosted many distinguished visitors while in port, including Vice Adm. Karl Thomas, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Vice Adm. Hideki Yuasa, commander, Self-Defense Fleet. While onboard Zumwalt, distinguished visitors were given a tour of the ship and were able to observe the uniqueness of the Zumwalt-class ship.
“I was stationed in Japan some years ago, and it’s always nice to come back and visit,” said Operations Specialist 1st Class David Cao, from Houston. “This time around, I was able to take people to some of my favorite food spots and also just show them some really cool places in Tokyo and Yokosuka. I think the highlight of this port call was visiting this really cool café in Akihabara that I’d never been to before.”
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