USS America Arrives at New Homeport of Sasebo

December 6, 2019 – Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) joined the U.S. 7th Fleet forward-deployed amphibious force in Sasebo, Dec. 6, after transiting the Pacific Ocean from its former homeport of San Diego. “America’s Sailors and Marines are ready to join the high-performing team of 7th Fleet with our allies and partners to fulfill the enduring mission of…

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USS Wasp Arrives New Homeport of Norfolk

November 18, 2019 – USS Wasp (LHD 1) arrived at Naval Station Norfolk Nov. 18 completing a homeport shift after spending nearly two years forward deployed to Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan and operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet (C7F) area of operations. The ship departed Sasebo Aug. 26 and began its transit to Norfolk. Wasp will be replaced by…

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USS Pioneer Family and Friends Day Cruise

November 4, 2019 – USS Pioneer (MCM 9) sailed around Sasebo harbor for their Family and Friends Day cruise in Sasebo, Japan, November 1. Family and friends of the Pioneer crew had the opportunity to experience what life underway is like for their sailors. A few Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force sailors from Hirashima-class Mine Countermeasures ship, Hirashima MSC 601, also…

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USS McCampbell Kicks Off Malabar 2019 in Sasebo

September 26, 2019 – USS McCampbell (DDG 85), assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, led the commencement of Exercise Malabar 2019, Sep. 25, in port Sasebo. An annual, multinational, naval field training exercise, Malabar is designed to improve the collective maritime relationship between the Indian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), and U.S. Navy. “It is a privilege to have…

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Indian, Japanese and US Navies Taking Part in Exercise Malabar 2019

September 24, 2019 – Ships, aircraft and personnel from the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF), the Indian Navy (INN) and the U.S. Navy (USN) will participate in exercise Malabar 2019 off the coast of Sasebo, Japan, Sept. 26. This iteration marks the first time that the JMSDF have led Malabar, and is the latest in a continuing series of…

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USS Wasp Begins Homeport Shift With USS America

September 4, 2019 – USS Wasp (LHD 1) departed U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations as part of a scheduled homeport shift Sept. 4. Wasp, which replaced USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in January 2018, operated with U.S. Marine Corps forces from the III Marine Expeditionary Force and helped expand the robust…

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Trilateral mine warfare exercise puts RAN Minehunters to the test

November 22, 2018 – At the largest gathering of mine warfare dedicated vessels seen in Japanese waters, HMA Ships Gascoyne and Huon have joined with 22 ships from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the United States Navy (USN) to participate in the first joint mine warfare exercise in the region, Exercise HYUGA NADA 18. Over the next week…

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NAVSEA Assumes Maintenance Functions for SRF-JRMC

October 1, 2018 – Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) formally assumed responsibility for ship maintenance availabilities at U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF-JRMC) from Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (USPACFLT) Oct. 1. NAVSEA’s responsibilities includes the oversight of all ship maintenance and repair operations, industrial processes and procedures, and repair-related programs. USPACFLT will retain administrative…

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Essex ARG, 13th MEU complete integrated training

Sailors of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and Marines attached to 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed ARG/MEU exercise (ARGMEUEX) off the coast of Southern California, May 10. ARGMEUEX is a Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 15 and 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Expeditionary Operations Training Group (EOTG)-led exercise that provides critical training and feedback prior to the deployment certifying event,…

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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…

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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…

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