WASP ARG Conducts PASSEX with JMSDF

August 26, 2018 – Ships assigned to the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), with attached 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, partnered with Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) JS Osumi (LST 4001) to conduct a passing exercise (PASSEX), Aug. 26. During a PASSEX, multiple ships sail in formation to practice communications and maneuvering procedures. Participating in this PASSEX with the Ohsumi was USS Wasp (LHD 1), USS Green Bay (LPD 20), USS Ashland (LSD 48) and Arleigh Burke class guided missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86). The exercise allowed the ships…

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USS Green Bay returns to Sasebo after patrol with 31st MEU

USS Green Bay (LPD 20) returned to Sasebo, Japan, after a successful patrol with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in the Indo-Pacific region, April 28. Green Bay, serving as the amphibious transport dock in the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group, completed all major events that were part of a pre-set Navy-Marine Corps interoperability and proficiency continuum, first a basic integration phase and then a final certification. Green Bay provided unique enabling capabilities to the ESG by hosting a boat company assigned under 1st Battalion, 1st Marines (1/1) and a detachment of…

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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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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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Green Bay Departs Sasebo for Patrol Following 5-month SRA

USS Green Bay (LPD 20) departed Sasebo, Japan for a routine patrol in the Indo-Pacific region, March 12. Green Bay will join the USS Wasp (LHD 1) Expeditionary Strike Group as part of a routine patrol in the Indo-Pacific region. The ship is scheduled to receive ammunition before continuing on with its patrol and embarking Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.   Green Bay and other Sasebo-based amphibious ships regularly integrate with the 31st MEU to ensure Navy-Marine Corps interoperability and readiness for any type of contingency in the region. …

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USS San Diego Departs Souda Bay After Successful MDVR

USS San Diego (LPD 22) departed Souda Bay, Greece, after a scheduled port visit for San Diego’s mid-deployment voyage repair maintenance visit Oct. 21, 2017. San Diego’s port visit allowed the crew and contractors to conduct vital repairs, maintenance and ensure the ship remained in operational condition for its deployment. “We had contractors come out to our ship to help us understand the technical side of some of the maintenance we needed to get done,” said Engineman 2nd Class Tyler Foster, assigned to San Diego’s engineering department. San Diego also…

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USS San Diego Arrives In Souda Bay

USS San Diego (LPD 22) and embarked Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Souda Bay, Greece, on Oct. 15, for a scheduled port visit.  The visit is part of San Diego’s planned mid-deployment voyage repair maintenance stop, and serves as an opportunity for the ship’s embarked Sailors and Marines to experience Souda Bay.  “We have been underway for a while,” said Capt. Pete Collins, commanding officer of San Diego. “Pulling in is a great way to relieve some stress and fatigue that some Sailors might be…

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USS Green Bay completes patrol in Indo-Asia-Pacific

USS Green Bay (LPD 20) returned to her forward-deployed base in Sasebo, Japan, Sept. 7, culminating three-plus months of operations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Green Bay, part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group, and embarked Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) participated in Talisman Saber 17 off of the coast of Australia, made community-enriching port visits to Cairns and Brisbane, and completed U.S. Navy-Marine Corps integrated training while deployed. “I am so incredibly impressed and pleased with the performance of our Blue-Green Team over the course of…

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BHR ESG ships, 31st MEU completes certification exercise

Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (BHR ESG), with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), completed a certification exercise (CERTEX) Aug. 18. CERTEX is conducted to evaluate the integration of all elements of the BHR ESG and the 31st MEU, testing their combined ability to plan and execute mission essential tasks. The Bonhomme Richard ESG consists of the flagship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), USS Ashland (LSD 48) and USS Green Bay (LPD 20), which are all on patrol off the coast of Australia. CERTEX evolutions took place from August 12-18…

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Bonhomme Richard Completes Patrol, Returns to Sasebo

April 10, 2017 – The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived in Sasebo, Japan, completing its regularly-scheduled patrol in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), April 10. Bonhomme Richard departed White Beach, Okinawa, after disembarking personnel, vehicles and equipment of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), April 8. “We completed some valuable training on this patrol,” said Capt. Jeffrey Ward, Bonhomme Richard’s commanding officer. “The crew did a fantastic job working with the Marines. We increased our level of knowledge and enhanced our readiness to respond,…

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Exercise Cobra Gold 2017 set to begin in mid-February

Thailand and the United States will co-host the annual, multilateral Exercise Cobra Gold in various areas throughout the Kingdom of Thailand February 14-24, 2017. Exercise Cobra Gold, the largest multilateral exercise in Asia, has taken place annually for more than 30 years. Cobra Gold 2017, the 36th version of the military exercise, will bring together more than two dozen nations to address regional and global security challenges and to promote international cooperation and stability within the region. Cobra Gold 2017 will strengthen regional cooperation and collaboration, increasing the ability of…

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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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Green Bay Departs for Patrol in Indo-Asia Pacific Region

January 25, 2017 – Amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay (LPD 20) departed its forward-deployed base of Sasebo, Japan, Jan. 25 for a routine patrol in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. While on patrol, Green Bay and Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) will participate in exercises and training meant to increase combat readiness and enhance partnerships with allies in the region. “Embarking, training, and operating with the 31st MEU remains our number one priority,” said Capt. Nathan Moyer, Green Bay’s commanding officer. “As we soon embark our Marines, I…

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