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 relationships the U.S. military maintains with allies and partners in the region. “The performance by the Wasp crew has quite simply been superb,” said Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 7, Rear…

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America ARG returns to San Diego after deployment

Sailors and Marines of the USS America (LHA 6) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) returned to their homeport at Naval Station San Diego, Feb. 2, after a successful seven-month deployment to the Indo-Pacific, Middle East, Mediterranean, and Horn of Africa regions. During the deployment, more than 4,500 Sailors and Marines of the America ARG and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducted maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in support of regional security, stability, and the free flow of maritime commerce. America ARG is comprised of the amphibious assault…

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U.S. Navy Awards BAE Systems $54 Million to Modernize USS America and USS Cape St. George

BAE Systems has received two U.S. Navy contracts totalling $54.8 million to modernize the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) and the guided missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71). Both contracts include options that, if exercised, would bring the total cumulative value of the awards to $62.2 million. “These contracts are important to expanding the service lives and capability of these Navy ships” “These contracts are important to expanding the service lives and capability of these Navy ships,” said David Thomas, vice president and general manager of…

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America ARG Home Friday

Sailors and Marines of the USS America (LHA 6) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) are scheduled to return to their homeport at Naval Station San Diego, Feb. 2, after a successful seven-month deployment to the Indo-Pacific, Middle East, Mediterranean, and Horn of Africa regions. During the deployment, more than 4,500 Sailors and Marines of the America ARG and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducted maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in support of regional security, stability, and the free flow of maritime commerce. Media interested in covering the…

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America ARG Arrives in Hawaii

America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG)/15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Jan. 22 and 23, for the final port call of the ARG/MEU’s deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific, Horn of Africa, Mediterranean, and Middle East. During their seven-month deployment, the America ARG/15th MEU conducted maritime security operations and theater security cooperation in support of regional security and stability, and the free flow of maritime commerce for U.S. Pacific Command, U.S. Central Command and U.S. Africa Command. “The Sailors and Marines have had an incredible deployment,” said…

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USS America and USS San Diego depart Guam

USS America (LHA 6) and USS San Diego (LPD 22), both part of the America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), along with embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), departed Guam Jan. 12 following a scheduled port visit. As the first port visit together in the Indo-Asia-Pacific, many of the Sailors and Marines of America and San Diego had been looking forward to visiting the beautiful island for the first time. “I’ve never been to Guam before, but it was a really good time,” said Capt. Michael Smith, troop embarkation officer for…

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USS America/15th MEU Arrive Guam

USS America (LHA 6) and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Guam for a scheduled port visit, Jan. 7. As the largest and southernmost of the Mariana Islands, Guam is the home to one of the U.S. Navy’s largest and most strategic island bases in the Western Pacific. The base serves as a hub for U.S. ships as they operate in the 7th Fleet area of operations. “Guam has a long history with the U.S. Navy and is very important to what we do in the Pacific,” said…

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America ARG, 15th MEU Return to 7th Fleet Region

USS San Diego (LPD 22) and USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), along with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), returned to U.S. 7th Fleet, Dec. 25. Under the operational control of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 3, the ships were set to join the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) as the America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG). “While on this deployment, each of the ships have done some phenomenal work in establishing themselves as the premier crisis response contingency force for the fleet commanders,” said Capt. Rome Ruiz, commander of…

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USS America Returns to Singapore

USS America (LHA 6) along with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit returned to Singapore for a scheduled port visit Dec. 22. While this is not America’s first time visiting the country, the Sailors and Marines look forward to visiting Singapore for the holiday. “The America team is honored to visit Singapore,” said Commanding Officer Joseph Olson. “Our visit is an opportunity for the ship to replenish supplies, and experience the country’s rich culture as we represent our country as ambassadors of goodwill during the holidays.” Since the ship recently…

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Howard Escorts USS America & RFA Fort Rosalie

USS Howard (DDG 83) escorted USS America (LHA 6) and RFA Fort Rosalie (A 385) through the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, Oct. 12. The ships transited the strait from the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden, located between Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula and Djibouti on the Horn of Africa. “The Bab el-Mandeb Straight is a significant trade route and our presence here helps promote the free flow of commerce in the region,” said Cmdr. Ryan Billington, commanding officer aboard Howard. “This transit helps show our continued commitment to regional and…

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USS America Concludes Support to USS John S. McCain

USS America (LHA 6) and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit departed Singapore after supporting the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) Aug. 27. America will continue on its maiden deployment. While in Singapore, Sailors and Marines aboard America provided initial support for the McCain crew to include berthing for 155 Sailors, daily supplies, counseling, medical/dental services and communications network support. Additionally, America’s Sailors assisted with damage control efforts by providing watchstanders and additional equipment. “I was glad to help out our fellow shipmates,” said Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel)…

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Statement from Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer on USS John S. McCain

The following is a statement released Aug. 21 by Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer on USS John S. McCain, which was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore on Aug. 21. Our thoughts and prayers are with our shipmates onboard USS John S. McCain. The Navy family comes together during times of crisis and I want to thank those who are providing around-the-clock assistance to the affected Sailors and families. As details continue to emerge,…

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America pulls into Changi Naval Base to support USS John S. McCain

USS America (LHA 6) arrived Aug. 21 at Changi Naval Base and is moored across the pier from the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56). While in Singapore, America will provide messing and berthing services to McCain crew members and to support damage control efforts on board. America will also support ongoing searches for 10 missing Sailors. Ship Repair Facility divers are on scene as well to assess the damage to the hull. McCain was involved in a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC while underway east…

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USS America takes out drone during missile exercise

April 7, 2017 – USS America (LHA 6) completed a live-fire exercise by destroying a drone utilizing the ship self-defense Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) system, April 6. The live-fire exercise was part of an Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Integration (PMINT) Training Exercise in preparation for America’s upcoming maiden deployment with the America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG). “The purpose of this exercise was to test the capabilities of the combat systems on board and to ensure they were fully operational,” said Fire Controlman 2nd Class (SW/AW/IW) Thomas Mirsky,…

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USS America successfully completes survivability test

April 4, 2017 – The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) successfully completed the Navy’s Total Ship Survivability Trial (TSST) off the coast of California during a four-day evolution spanning from March 30 to April 2. TSST is performed only for new classes of ships, and its purpose is to evaluate the ship’s systems and procedures following a simulated conventional weapon hit. The primary areas that are evaluated include the ship’s ability to contain and control damage, restore and continue mission capability, and care for personnel casualties. The test…

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