Littoral Combat Ship hosts JMSDF admirals

Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Charleston (LCS 18) hosted Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) admirals, who toured the ship while moored at Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan, June 1.

JMSDF Vice Adm. FUKUDA Tatsuya, commander, Fleet Escort Force, and Rear Adm. SHIMIZU Hitoshi, commander, Escort Flotilla Two, spent time meeting with Charleston’s crew, touring the ship, and discussing the unique aspects of the Independence-class littoral combat ship.

Charleston’s commanding officer explained the ship’s mission and role during their current rotational deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet.

“USS Charleston was honored to host admirals FUKUDA and SHIMIZU and all the JMSDF officers and sailors who visited during our time in Sasebo.” said Cmdr. John I. Actkinson, commanding officer of Charleston. “Anytime we can welcome strong Allies like the Japanese on board, we build our relationship and gain greater understanding of our capabilities. Doing this makes it easier for us to operate together and ensure freedom of the seas.”

During the visit, FUKUDA and SHIMIZU toured significant areas of the ship to include the mission bay, integrated combat centers, hangar bay and flight deck, and the pilot house. Officers and Sailors discussed their skillsets, day-to-day operations and highlights of their current rotational deployment with the JMSDF admirals.

Charleston recently became the first LCS in over three years to complete a preventive maintenance availability in Sasebo, providing more flexibility and expanding the area the ship has been able to operate.

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