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Friday, October 17, 2008

USS Ohio Visits Yokosuka

USS Ohio (SSGN 726) pulled into Yokosuka yesterday for a port visit, just over a year after she left Bangor on her maiden SSGN deployment. Here's a picture of her piloting into Yoko:

Anyone know if the officer Sanctuary is still open at the base?

Earlier this month, the crew of USS Ohio did a burial at sea in the Philippine Sea (here and here). Here's some more information on the Dry Deck Shelters you see aft of her sail, and Galrahn had some comments on her capabilities when she deployed last year.

Based on the fact that the Ohio is quite a ways from the Arabian Sea, it looks like we won't be attacking Iran before the election. I know all the conspiracy theorists out there will be bummed...


Blogger Galrahn said...

Facts never stopped a conspiracy theorist in the past. They will just say USS Florida instead of USS Ohio.

This is the first time we have seen a photo of a SSGN in the 2 DDS configuration during a deployment. There are some limitations, specifically it makes it more difficult to carry offboard unmanned systems, but otherwise very encouraging that after each mini tour we are seeing something different in terms of configuration.

It looks like they are pushing the possibilities.

10/18/2008 7:32 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

SSGN is the best investment the Navy has made since the end of the cold war. $1B a piece- refueled. What a bargain!!

MICHIGAN is leaving for deployment soon followed by GEORGIA and from what I've been told both those boats are doing GREAT.

10/18/2008 8:23 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Sanctuary...what a great place to entertain (and share) the ladies! Yoko's didn't have quite the same reputation as Subic's but then again what did? Ah, the freedom and memories of crossing the date line into the world of sin!

10/18/2008 10:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know it was open in 2005 when my husband made a port call. Funny how on the phone it sounded really nice, but when I saw it in person...well, he said ANYTHING is nice once you've been underway for a few months.

10/18/2008 12:13 PM

Blogger a_former_elt_2jv said...

I had better memories of the honch and the Hotel New Yokosuka.
The enlisted club (right at the main gate) wasn't that much fun though

10/18/2008 12:22 PM

Blogger Patty Wayne said...

When I met my boat in 1984 the four of us nubs were supposed to meet the boat in Subic, but due to a typhoon it had to leave Subic early. The four of us were diverted to Yokosuka as we were transferring planes at Norita. While in Yokosuka we became Group 7's working party to clean and 'stock' the sanctuary. We spent 2 days there and did more playing than working. What a great place with a lot of awesome pictures on the wall.

That was two months before pulling back into Pearl. Not long after the Ohio's first post-conversion Commanding Officer, Chris Ratliff, checked onboard as an Ensign. One of the best officers I served with.

10/18/2008 2:09 PM

Blogger King said...

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10/18/2008 6:58 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Sanctuary remains is still there. However, probably toned down a bit from days gone by (wouldn't know for sure, as I was Enlisted in my previous visits to Yokosuka). I know everything else has toned down quite a bit.

Grumpy Old LDO

10/19/2008 5:06 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

WTF, appears the school I went to in Pensacola to learn to write right didn't quite take (or maybe it's the VB...Victoria Bitter, the World's Best Cold Beer...that I was enjoying while typing?). Either way here's a corrected post:

The Sanctuary is still there. However, it's probably toned down a bit from days gone by (wouldn't know for sure, as I was Enlisted in my previous visits to Yokosuka). I know everything else has toned down quite a bit.

Grumpy Old LDO

10/19/2008 5:27 AM

Blogger David said...

The hell with Yoko.
Get on a train and go to Tokyo as much as possible.

10/19/2008 3:04 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


10/20/2008 6:40 AM

Blogger Katie said...

The Ohio was still here this afternoon when I picked the kids up from school...she's moored where the G.W. was for the six days it was here last month.

10/22/2008 6:47 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joel: I think the data above needs to be deleted.

10/22/2008 12:47 PM


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