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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Bonhomme Richard Arrives in Okinawa for White Beach Festival

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived at White Beach, Okinawa on April 9, the ship’s final time there as she prepares to sail to San Diego for a homeport shift. Forward-deployed since 2012, Bonhomme Richard has frequently stopped in White Beach to either onload or drop off Marines, most often those from 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit but also units under 3rd Marine Division and 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade. As a tribute to the continual support the Okinawa community has provided to Bonhomme Richard over the years, the ship will host…

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Emory S. Land visits Sasebo During Indo-Pacific Deployment

Submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) arrived in Sasebo, Japan April 10, for a visit as part of its deployment to the Indo-Pacific region. The port visit represents an important opportunity to promote stability and security in the Indo-Pacific region, demonstrate commitment to regional partners, and foster growing relationships. The visit is also aimed at building friendship and goodwill between the U.S. Navy and the people of Japan. Emory S. Land is one of two forward-deployed submarine tenders and is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th…

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Carl Vinson Strike Group, JMSDF complete exercise

The Carl Vinson Strike Group completed a bilateral exercise in the Western Pacific with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), March 23. Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) conducted combined operations with Japanese helicopter destroyer JS Ise (DDH 182) in the South China Sea and waters near Okinawa, Japan. The operations began March 11 and included a series of training drills and Sailor-to-Sailor exchanges designed to enhance maritime interoperability between longstanding allies. “I thought it was really cool to have…

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USS Mustin Arrives in Otaru, Japan

USS Mustin (DDG 89) arrived for its third port visit to Otaru, Japan, Feb. 2. During Mustin’s time in port, the ship will conduct tours for distinguished visitors, play basketball with Otaru Meiho High School students, and participate in a Canal Clean-up downtown. Sailors also have the opportunity to help Naval Air Facility Misawa carve their ice sculpture at the 69th Annual Sapporo Snow Festival. “My crew and I feel very blessed to have this opportunity to visit Otaru during such a beautiful season of the year,” said Cmdr. Warren…

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USS Fitzgerald Arrives in Pascagoula for Restoration

USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) arrived in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Jan. 19, aboard heavy lift vessel MV Transshelf inward bound from Yokosuka, Japan. Fitzgerald is expected to spend several days in the Port of Pascagoula as the heavy lift ship will commence the reverse operation of unfastening, lowering and guiding the ship off the platform. The ship will then be taken to its designated pier space at Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard. Due to the extent and complexity of the restoration, both repair and new construction procedures will be used to accomplish the…

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USS John S. McCain Returns to Fleet Activities Yokosuka

USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka Dec. 13. John S. McCain arrived in Tokyo Bay aboard heavy lift transport vessel MV Treasure Dec. 5. For several days, crews prepared the ship for safe offload prior to being towed pierside. John S. McCain will be repaired by U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility-Japan Regional Maintenance Center in Yokosuka before returning to service in U.S. 7th Fleet. “SRF is making preparations to begin remediation and repair efforts immediately once the ship is dockside,” said Lt. Cmdr. Sandra Wyman…

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Remaining F-35B Lightning II Aircraft with VMFA-121 Arrive at MCAS Iwakuni

U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 121 arrived at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, Nov. 9, 2017. The remaining aircraft represent the last installment of F-35B Lightning IIs assigned to VMFA-121. The F-35B Lightning II is a fifth-generation fighter, which is the world’s first operational supersonic short takeoff and vertical landing aircraft. The F-35B brings strategic agility, operational flexibility and tactical supremacy to III MEF with a mission radius greater than that of the F/A-18 Hornet and AV-8B Harrier II in…

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Australian Navy in exercise off Republic of Korea

Royal Australian Navy frigates Parramatta and Melbourne, have joined Republic of Korea destroyer, ROKS Sejeong The Great, and US destroyer, USS Chafee to participate in a multilateral maritime interdiction exercise off the coast of Jeju. The exercise also included observers from Japan, Singapore, Canada, Germany and Denmark. Chief of Joint Operations, Vice Admiral David Johnston said that the joint exercise was vital to global maritime security. “Australia is deeply concerned about the global threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs and its illegal activities,” he said. “As…

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USS Ashland Returns to Sasebo

USS Ashland (LSD 48) arrived at its forward-deployed base in Sasebo, Japan, Nov. 8, after completing a five-month deployment in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Ashland departed Sasebo, May 26, and during five months at sea, completed multiple exercises, assessments and certifications, as well as several port visits. “What a great success story for the crew,” said Cmdr. Steven Wasson, Ashland’s commanding officer. “Five months out at sea with all of their earned qualifications and training completed. It’s very impressive how they excelled at every corner.” Ashland teamed with Marines of the…

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USS Ashland Completes Exercise Blue Chromite

USS Ashland (LSD 48) departed Okinawa Nov. 4 after completing of a series of amphibious operations as part of exercise Blue Chromite 18. Blue Chromite is a joint field training exercise held annually between the all four services though primarily focused on the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps to strengthen naval integration and tactical proficiencies in amphibious warfare. Ashland embarked nearly 300 Marines with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3) who have been deployed to Okinawa for several months from Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The two services worked together…

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PCG welcomes BRP Sindangan, the 6th Multi Role Response Vessel from Japan

The PCG rendered an arrival ceremony for MRRV 4407 – SINDANGAN, the sixth Philippine Coast Guard Multi Role Response Vessel under the helm of Lieutenant Severino B Destora PCG at the Headquarters Coast Guard Ready Force Pier 13, Manila today, October 11. The Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Sindangan was the sixth of the ten 44-meter multi-role response vessels with assigned bow number 4407 was built and delivered by the Japan Marine United Corporation (JMUC) Yokohama shipyard in Japan. Named after the Sindangan Lighthouse located in Sindangan, Zamboanga Del…

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Navy Awards Government of Japan-Funded Contract for Marine Corps Relocation to Guam

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific awarded today a $17.9 million firm-fixed price contract to Contrack Watts Inc. of Virginia, to construct a Waterfront Headquarters Building on Naval Base Guam. The contract supports the Defense Policy Review Initiative and is funded by the Government of Japan (GoJ) as part of the International Agreement between the United States and Japan. “For the Marines to effectively execute amphibious operations, a fully capable waterfront facility and associated infrastructure are essential,” said Officer in Charge of Construction (OICC) Marianas Commanding Officer Capt. Dan Turner.…

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Pacific protection paramount in counter proliferation

The Australian Government is joining forces with countries from around the world to conduct Exercise PACIFIC PROTECTOR, as part of an ongoing major international commitment to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems and related materials. The exercise will be held in Cairns, Queensland from 6–9 September 2017 as part of the Proliferation Security Initiative, which is an effort by 105 partner countries to build networks, tools and capabilities to counter illicit weapons of mass destruction-related trade across the globe. Participants will take part in academic sessions, a table top…

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