09 Aug '18, 7am

#USSWasp strike group departs Sasebo Naval Base for patrol of Western Pacific

#USSWasp strike group departs Sasebo Naval Base for patrol of Western Pacific

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan — Two U.S. warships have left their homeport in southern Japan for a mission in the Western Pacific. The USS Wasp amphibious-assault ship and the USS Ashland landing-dock ship departed Sasebo Naval Base this week for a deployment that marks only the second time F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters have embarked aboard the Wasp. The Iwakuni-based short-takeoff, vertical-landing aircraft operated from the ship for the first time during a patrol earlier this year. The test of the “upgunned expeditionary strike group” concept included the guided-missile destroyers USS Dewey and USS Sterett and Marines from the Okinawa-based 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. An upgunned ESG combines the lethality of the F-35B with destroyers, giving the strike group the ability to hunt enemy submarines and ships, and engage in surface-to-surface combat. The ...

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