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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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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Bonhomme Richard Completes Unit-level Training, Arrives in Okinawa

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, March 22, following a week of unit-level training at sea. Since Bonhomme Richard’s departure from White Beach on March 14, the ship’s crew has conducted several drills and trainings to ensure readiness and sharpen the crew’s rapid-response skills. “We train so we are ready to respond to any kind of contingency or crisis in the AOR (Area of Responsibility),” said Capt. Larry McCullen, commanding officer of Bonhomme Richard. “I believe the strength of our Navy lies in the…

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Bonhomme Richard Arrives in Okinawa, Offloads 3d MARDIV Marines

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived at White Beach, Okinawa, to offload the 3d Marine Division (MARDIV), March 12. During the port visit, Bonhomme Richard will offload personnel and equipment of the 3d MARDIV following exercise Cobra Gold 2018.  Since embarking in January, 3d MARDIV and Bonhomme Richard have completed their participation in the 37th iteration of CG18, alongside the Kingdom of Thailand, and have conducted scheduled port visits in Laem Chabang, Thailand, and Manila, Philippines. “It was great working with the 3d MARDIV throughout this patrol and during exercise…

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On the trends of submarine submarines and Chinese naval vessels (1st report)

Google Translation On Wednesday, January 10 (Wednesday afternoon), the Maritime Self-Defense Force Episode 6 escort ship “Oonami” (Yokosuka) and the fifth flight group affiliation “P-3C” (Naha) are connecting waters in the east-northeast of Miyakojima (Okinawa Prefecture) I confirmed a submarine to go north west. After that, the submarine continued northwestward, and went out of the connected waters of the northern northeast of Miyakojima in the morning of January 11 (Thursday), into the East China Sea. Furthermore, the submarine confirmed that it entered Japan’s connected watershed in the morning of January…

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After rescuing female yachters, Ashland arrives in Okinawa

USS Ashland (LSD 48) arrived in Okinawa, Oct. 30, as part of a scheduled port visit to prepare for the joint U.S. exercise Blue Chromite. The port visit also serves as a disembarkation point for the two mariners who had been adrift in the Pacific Ocean for several months. The Ashland crew rescued Jennifer Appel, Natasha Fuiava, and Appel’s two dogs Zeus and Valentine Oct. 25 after they had been stranded at sea with a failed engine, a broken mast and were far from their intended destination of Tahiti. After…

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USS Ashland Departs Okinawa to Begin Blue Chromite 2018

USS Ashland (LSD 48) departed Okinawa Oct. 31, with embarked 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division to conduct Blue Chromite 2018. Blue Chromite is a joint field training exercise held annually between the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps to strengthen interoperability and increase proficiencies through amphibious and aerial operations. “The purpose is to further our relationship with the Navy,” said Maj. Benjamin Cather IV, acting executive officer for 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines. “The exercise will improve and ensure our amphibious and aerial capabilities. Force from sea, air and…

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Bonhomme Richard Arrives in Okinawa, Conducts Final Offload of 31st MEU

USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Okinawa to conduct the final offload of 31st MEU equipment, vehicles, and personnel, Sept. 19. Bonhomme Richard departed Sasebo, Japan, for a regularly-scheduled deployment in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), June 1. During the deployment, Bonhomme Richard and the 31st MEU participated in the bilateral, biennial U.S.-Australia exercise Talisman Saber 2017 (TS17), completed amphibious integration training (AIT) and certified as fully capable during the 31st MEU’s certification exercise (CERTEX). “The accomplishments of our…

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US Navy Awards Government of Japan-Funded Contract for Marine Corps Relocation Project on Guam

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific awarded a $164.89 million contract, Aug. 17, to Granite-Obayashi for services for design and construction of utilities and site improvements for the future Marine Corps Base Guam on Naval Computer and Telecommunications Site (NCTS) Finegayan. The contract was awarded in support of the Defense Policy Review Initiative and was funded by the Government of Japan as part of the international agreement between the United States and Japan. The award of this contract marks a critical step in moving forward with the relocation plan that…

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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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USS Green Bay Embarks Marines in Okinawa for Cobra Gold

February 6, 2017 – Amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay (LPD 20) departed White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Feb. 2 after embarking elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). Green Bay arrived in Okinawa on Jan. 30 after departing from Sasebo, Japan, Jan. 25 for a multi-month patrol in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. While in Okinawa, Green Bay on-loaded more than 600 Marines from the 31st MEU, along with 65 vehicles and approximately 855 tons of equipment during the three-day period. “Our mission aboard Green Bay is to support the…

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