Green Bay, Ashland Sail With JMSDF

August 6, 2019 – USS Green Bay (LPD 20) and USS Ashland (LSD 48), both part of the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), conducted drills with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) ships in the Coral Sea, Aug. 1. Together with Green Bay and Ashland, Hyūga-class helicopter destroyer JS Ise (DDH 182) and JMSDF Ōsumi-class amphibious transport dock ship JS Kunisaki…

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USS Green Bay, USS Ashland visit Brisbane

June 17, 2019 – The forward-deployed San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay (LPD 20), Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48), and the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Brisbane for a scheduled port visit, June 18. “It’s great to be back in Brisbane. The crew is ecstatic to have this opportunity to…

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Wasp, JMSDF ships sail in Philippine Sea

June 16, 2019 – The Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) ships, led by Hyūga-class helicopter destroyer JS Ise (DDH 182), completed a transit through the Philippine Sea, June 16. “It has been great to be out at sea with our high-end partners, increasing our interoperability,” said…

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USS Ashland Arrives In Kota Kinabalu

February 23, 2019 – USS Ashland (LSD 48) arrived in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia for a port visit, Feb. 23 as they continue working to strengthen regional partnerships. Since the first American ship, USS Bennington, visited Sabah in Sandakan on June 28, 1899, U.S. Naval vessels have continued their goodwill missions and worked to build capacity and interoperability with Malaysia. In…

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USN/JMSDF Cooperative Deployment in East China Sea

January 14, 2019 – Ships assigned to the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) joined Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) amphibious transport dock ship, JS Kunisaki (LST 4003), for a cooperative deployment Jan. 11-12. During the cooperative deployment, ARG ships and JS Kunisaki conducted communication and maneuvering drills. “We understood each other’s radio calls very clearly, and they were very quick…

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USS Ashland Completes Typhoon Recovery Mission in Northern Mariana Islands

November 20, 2018 – USS Ashland (LSD 48) departed the waters near Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) after assisting Task Force-West with Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and local authorities, Nov. 20. “As we depart to continue our mission in the 7th Fleet area of operations our thoughts and prayers…

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USS Ashland continues FEMA support in Northern Mariana Islands

November 13, 2018 – USS Ashland (LSD 48) departed Guam with Soldiers and heavy equipment from the 9th Mission Support Company (9th MSC), Guam Army National Guard to provide continued support to the island of Saipan, Nov. 11. The Category 5 storm, known as Super Typhoon Yutu, tore through the southern part of Saipan and through Tinian, part of the…

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USS Ashland joins typhoon recovery effort in Northern Mariana Islands

November 2, 2018 – USS Ashland (LSD 48) with embarked Marines from Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 31 arrived in vicinity of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Nov. 3, to provide Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. “Our main…

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US & Japan Advance New Amphibious Capability

October 7, 2018 – USS Ashland (LSD 48) became the first U.S. Navy ship in the 7th Fleet to conduct amphibious operations with the newly established Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF), Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB) troops and their equipment on Oct. 2. JGSDF Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAV) were recovered by Ashland Sailors and embarked Marines from 31st Marine…

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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…

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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.…

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USS Ashland Departs Sasebo for Final Readiness Drills, Regional Patrol

USS Ashland (LSD 48) departed Sasebo, Japan for an amphibious certification assessment and follow-on patrol in the Indo-Pacific, March 8. Ashland is deploying after several months of maintenance and training in preparation for a Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) that will take place in late spring. The amphibious certification assessment will test the ship’s ability to land and launch…

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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…

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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…

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