USS Wasp completes historic patrol in Indo-Pacific Patrol

USS Wasp (LHD 1) returned to Sasebo, April 26, after nearly two months of operations in the Indo-Pacific with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). Wasp successfully embarked, maintained, and supported near-daily flight operations of the F-35B Lightning II in that span, part of a first-ever operational deployment of the U.S. Marine Corp’s fifth-generation stealth jet. The operations were part of a routine and regularly scheduled patrol but brought together two San Diego-based destroyers to flex the composite of amphibious ships as an “Up-Gunned Expeditionary Strike Group.” “The crew worked…

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

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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HSC 25 trains with VMFA-121 and HSM 51 in preparation for scheduled patrol

The “Island Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25’s forward-deployed detachment wrapped up two weeks of tactics exchanges and multi-mission training flights at MCAS Iwakuni, Jan. 29.   The Island Knights’ Detachment 6, which is based out of Naval Air Facility Atsugi, met with pilots and aircrew of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121), who pilot the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, to share expertise on close-air-support procedures and overall interoperability of flight operations to support the Expeditionary Strike Group.   The Island Knights and VMFA-121 are slated to embark together aboard…

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Dewey, Sterett to depart San Diego for Indo-Pacific

USS Dewey (DDG 105) and USS Sterett (DDG 104) departed San Diego for a scheduled deployment to conduct operations in the Indo-Pacific region, Feb. 6. Dewey and Sterett will support a Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group deployment in order to advance U.S. Pacific Fleet’s “up-gunned ESG” concept. Wasp, now forward-deployed to Sasebo, Japan, has the capability to land and launch the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, a key element to the up-gunned ESG concept. Surface ships like Dewey and Sterett enhance an amphibious force’s ability to conduct its primary mission of ship-to-shore…

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USS Wasp arrives in Japan to join forward deployed naval forces

USS Wasp (LHD 1) arrived in Sasebo, Japan, Jan. 14, completing a 28,400-mile journey from Norfolk, Va. that began in late August. Wasp, which has undergone significant upgrades to be able to land and launch the U.S. Marine Corp’s F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, will replace USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship in 7th Fleet. The force structure change has been long-planned as part of a Department of Defense effort to position the most advanced and capable assets forward in support of partners and allies. Wasp’s…

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USS Wasp and USS Oak Hill Redeployed Following Hurricane Relief Support

As part of the broader planning effort to transition from hurricane response to hurricane recovery, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Defense have assessed the need for continuing the use of certain support assets currently assigned to the territories. Together, they have determined, in consultation with Puerto Rico’s governor, that some DoD assets are no longer needed. USS Wasp (LHD 1) and USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) are some of the assets no longer needed. They have provided great value to the overall response effort, contributing search 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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USS Wasp, USS Kearsarge and USS Oak Hill support relief mission in Virgin Islands

USS Wasp (LHD 1), USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) along with the Marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit are supporting the lead federal agency in providing humanitarian relief efforts for Hurricane Irma. Wasp, the first Navy platform to arrive in the vicinity of the U.S. Virgin Islands, is providing medium and heavy lift helicopters to transport people and supplies. Wasp’s helicopters are conducting medical evacuations for intensive care patients from St. Thomas to St. Croix and conducting site assessments on the…

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USS Wasp Reaches Halfway Point

March 17, 2017 – Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC), the naval support activity for amphibious assault ship USS Wasp’s (LHD 1) planned maintenance availability (PMA), achieved on-time completion of all milestones in time for the Wasp’s 50-percent conference, March 15. Since the commencement of Wasp’s PMA in January, a considerable amount of work has gone into getting the ship to this point. “I’m proud of where we are, but we still have a ways to go,” said MARMC (USS Wasp) Project Manager Bobby Pridgen. “We’re currently performing vent plenum work,…

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