USS Green Bay in Thailand for Exercise Cobra Gold

February 8, 2019 – USS Green Bay (LPD 20), with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in Sattahip, February 7, to participate in exercise Cobra Gold 2019. Cobra Gold is the largest theater security cooperation exercise in the Indo-Pacific region and is designed to bringing together a robust multinational force to address shared goals and security commitments. “It is really great to be back in Thailand and participating in Cobra Gold”, said Capt. Tom Shultz, Green Bay’s commanding officer. “The ship was last here in 2017, so we’re…

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U.S., Japanese Commanders Observe F-35B Operations from USS Wasp

February 4, 2019 – The Commander of U.S. 7th Fleet (C7F) and Commander in Chief of Self Defense Fleet, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF), visited the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) Feb. 5 to observe the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) operations at sea. U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Phil Sawyer and Vice Adm. Kazuki Yamashita were joined by other senior JSDF officers to showcase Wasp ARG’s amphibious capabilities, including operations by 31st MEU F-35B Lightning II aircraft. “It’s great getting…

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USS Wasp Calls at Singapore After China Refuses Hong Kong Visit

October 2, 2018 – USS Wasp (LHD 1), with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in Singapore on Oct.2, for a scheduled port visit. While in Singapore, Sailors and Marines will have the opportunity to explore the lion city. Capt. Colby Howard, commanding officer of Wasp says Singapore offers a well-deserved rest and relaxation opportunity for the more than 2,200 Sailors and Marines assigned to the ship. “We are extremely grateful to the wonderful people of Singapore for allowing us the opportunity to conduct this port visit,” said Howard.…

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Wasp ARG Conduct DATF drill in the South China Sea

September 28, 2018 – USS Wasp (LHD 1) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducted an integrated Defense of the Amphibious Task Force (DATF) drill at sea Sept. 27. DATF scenarios focus Navy and Marine Corps forces on defending ARG shipping and the drills allowed the ARG-MEU team to improve their proficiency when integrating fires. “Increasing the lethality of the Navy-Marine Corps Team is the priority for us. Sailors and Marines are doing amazing work and we are becoming more lethal every single day,” said…

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Wasp ESG arrives in Okinawa to offload 31st MEU

The ships of the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) arrived in Okinawa, Japan on April 21, capping nearly two months of operations in the Indo-Pacific with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The patrol was a first-of-its kind deployment as an “Up-Gunned ESG,” combining two San Diego-based destroyers and the MEU’s F-35B Lighting II stealth fighter jet, which underwent its first operational employment from a U.S. Navy ship. “The ARG/MEU team composited with destroyers from COMTHIRDFLT to execute operations as an Up-Gunned ESG throughout this deployment. While remaining true to our…

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U.S.-Japan Maritime Forces Conduct Navigational Maneuvers in East China Sea

Ships of the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group, with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, sailed together with the amphibious transport dock JS Shimokita (LST 4002) in a bilateral formation, April 9. The navigational maneuvers were held as part of an enduring commitment of both sea services to operate together to demonstrate commitment to the U.S.-Japan alliance and security of the region.  Coordinating rendezvous points and using universal tactical signals provided opportunities for building understanding and interoperability. “Our two navies sailing side-by-side like this signifies the strong relationship we have with…

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Wasp ESG, Embarked 31st MEU Sails from Okinawa for Indo-Pacific Patrol

Ships of the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) departed Okinawa, Japan March 19 after embarking more than 2,300 Marines and equipment of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). The ESG and the MEU are now deployed together for a routine patrol in the Indo-Pacific region meant to strengthen regional alliances and be postured forward in the event of a contingency. “Once again the ARG [Amphibious Ready Group]-MEU team has come together as a well synchronized force to embark the MEU and deploy,” said Capt. Ed Thompson, Commodore, Amphibious Squadron 11,…

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USS Dewey departs Sasebo to join the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group

USS Dewey (DDG 105), with embarked Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 “Magicians” detachment, joined up with the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group March 12 following the ship’s port visit in Sasebo. Dewey is scheduled to participate with the Wasp ESG in a series of training events that will test its ability to conduct defense of the Wasp and associated amphibious ships against air, surface, and subsurface threats. Dewey’s sensors, weapons systems, and tactical watchstanders give the guided-missile destroyer the capability to track and neutralize adversarial forces across a multitude of…

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“F-35B Lightning II Aboard USS Wasp” on YouTube

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLCufXqro4E[/embedyt] EAST CHINA SEA (March 5, 2018) F-35B Lightning IIs perform deck landing qualifications aboard USS Wasp (LHD 1). Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 embarked a detachment of F-35Bs aboard USS Wasp for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Spring Patrol 2018, marking the first operational deployment of the F-35B with a MEU. As the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, the 31st MEU provides a flexible force ready to perform a wide range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Bernadette Wildes/Released)

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USS Ashland Arrives in Guam for VRAV during Indo-Asia-Pacific Deployment

USS Ashland (LSD 48), with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in Guam Aug. 29, as part of a scheduled voyage repair availability (VRAV).  The VRAV comes as Ashland, forward-deployed to Sasebo, Japan, fulfills a multi-month deployment in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The ship will undergo important upkeep and repair work made possible by Guam’s facilities and ship support personnel.  Ashland and other ships of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, recently supported the 31st MEU’s periodic certification exercise (CERTEX) off the coast of Australia. CERTEX provided an opportunity to…

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USS Bonhomme Richard arrives in Okinawa, disembarks 31st MEU Marines

April 6, 2017 – USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived in White Beach, Okinawa, to disembark 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) equipment, vehicles and personnel, April 6. Bonhomme Richard departed Sasebo, Japan, for a regularly-scheduled patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operations, Feb. 27. During the patrol, Bonhomme Richard and the 31st MEU completed amphibious integrated training (AIT) and a certification exercise (CERTEX). “I continue to be amazed by the professionalism and determination of our blue-green team,” said Capt. Jeffrey Ward, Bonhomme Richard’s commanding officer. “They flawlessly executed the…

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