NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The USS Wasp amphibious assault ship (LHD-1) returned to Hampton Roads on Monday, November 18 after spending two years in Japan.
The Wasp was temporarily moved to Sasebo, Japan two years ago to help beef up the U.S. military presence in Asia.
“This ship and her amazing crew spent nearly two years performing groundbreaking work in U.S. 7th Fleet, honing their skills as professional mariners, reinforcing naval integration and building maritime capabilities with our Indo-Pacific partners,” said Rear Adm. John Mustin, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 2.
While based in Japan, Wasp participated in exercises with the Philippine military, the Australian Defence Force as well as additional forces from Canada, Japan, New Zealand and United Kingdom.
USS America (LHA 6) will replace the Wasp later this year.