USS Dewey, Sterett Return to San Diego

USS Dewey (DDG 105) and USS Sterett (DDG 104) returned to San Diego, May 11, following a three-month deployment to the Indo-Pacific region. While deployed to U.S. 7th Fleet, the ships and crews, assigned to Amphibious Squadron 11, joined the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) enhancing the capabilities of the “Up-Gunned ESG.” Dewey and Sterett operated together to bring additional weapons capabilities to the traditional ESG. While on station, they joined the Wasp ESG for integrated operations in support of the Amphibious Readiness Group. “This deployment was an excellent proof…

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Dewey, Sterett Visit Hawaii for Final Port Visit of Deployment

USS Dewey (DDG 105) and USS Sterett (DDG 104) arrived in Pearl Harbor, May 2, for a final port visit before completing a three-month deployment. The visit will allow the ships to resupply before finishing their deployment and aims to give the crews a chance to unwind, take in the sights, and enjoy the Hawaiian culture. “I’m incredibly proud of the crew and all of their hard work over the last three months,” said Cmdr. Claudine Caluori, Sterett commanding officer. “They met every challenge head-on, conducted themselves professionally, and executed…

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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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USS Ashland returns to Sasebo

USS Ashland (LSD 48) returned to Sasebo after a successful routine patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operations as part of Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), April 24. Ashland embarked several elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and specialized in a variety of missions to the full spectrum of MEU mission from the sea. Ashland’s configuration provided the Navy-Marine Corps team a mechanized raid capability with a contingent of Amphibious Assault Vehicles, combat air support with a detachment of AH-1Z Viper helicopters, and water purification capabilities from…

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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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USS Dewey departs Sasebo to join the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group

USS Dewey (DDG 105), with embarked Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 “Magicians” detachment, joined up with the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group March 12 following the ship’s port visit in Sasebo. Dewey is scheduled to participate with the Wasp ESG in a series of training events that will test its ability to conduct defense of the Wasp and associated amphibious ships against air, surface, and subsurface threats. Dewey’s sensors, weapons systems, and tactical watchstanders give the guided-missile destroyer the capability to track and neutralize adversarial forces across a multitude of…

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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 landing craft prior to upcoming amphibious operations. Ashland, assigned to the Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), is scheduled to embark Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit associated equipment to…

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Dewey arrives in Sasebo for Up-Gunned ESG Planning with Amphibious Force

USS Dewey (DDG 105), with embarked Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35 “Magicians” arrived in Sasebo, Japan for a scheduled port visit, Feb. 28. While in port, Dewey’s leadership and tactical watchstanders will have the opportunity to meet with counterparts from Sasebo-based amphibious ships to discuss operations that fall under the Up-Gunned Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) concept and upcoming Wasp ESG Indo-Pacific patrol. Dewey, and with embarked HSM 35, departed San Diego Feb. 6 and has been operating under Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON 11), the Navy’s forward-deployed amphibious squadron, since arriving…

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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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