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USS Wasp to relieve USS Bonhomme Richard in Japan

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160815-M-BE869-018 MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Aug. 15, 2016) The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) steams through the Mediterranean Sea. 22nd MEU, deployed with the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group, is conducting naval operations in the 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Ryan G. Coleman/Released)

10/20/16

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) –The U.S. Navy announced today that the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), which is capable of operating the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, will become part of the U.S. 7th Fleet Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) in the fall of 2017.

As part of the rebalance strategy to increase the Navy’s presence in the Pacific Fleet, USS Wasp will move from Norfolk, Va., to Sasebo, Japan. USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) will relocate to San Diego, Calif. to undergo modernization. Specific timelines will be announced at a date closer to the actual movement of the ships.

USS Wasp has been recently modernized to accommodate the Marine Corps variant of the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35B), which is capable of Short Take-off Vertical Landing (STOVL), enabling it to operate out of a wide range of bases, both afloat and a shore.

Wasp has also received upgrades to the combat systems suite to include upgrades to MK 2 Ship Self Defense System, SPQ-9B horizon search radar, MK 57 NATO Sea Sparrow Missile System, and upgrades to the shipboard local area network (LAN) and data link capability.

The rotation is the latest move in Navy’s ongoing Pacific rebalance, a plan to put the most advanced and capable units forward in order to support the United States’ commitment to the defense of Japan and the security and stability of the Indo-Asia Pacific region.

 

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