The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) arrived in its new homeport of Sasebo, Japan on Jan. 14. The ship replaced USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) as the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship in U.S. 7th Fleet. Wasp is the first ship in the region that will regularly operate with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s F-35B Lighting II Joint Strike Fighters. Read More
Amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a final port visit on Dec. 28, ahead of making the final leg of the voyage to the ship’s new home in Japan. Read More
The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit launched a full investigation into Saturday’s fatal MV-22 crash off the coast of Australia and conducted a 48-hour operational pause to review safety and procedures, the Marine Corps announced. Read More
The Marine Corps identified the three Marines still missing and declared deceased after Saturday’s MV-22 Osprey crash off the coast of Australia. Two Marines were Osprey aircrewmen from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265 (VMM-265), and the third was a passenger on the aircraft. Read More
The search for three Marines missing after an MV-22 crash off of Australia has been suspended, according to a late Saturday statement from III Marine Expeditionary Force. Read More
This post has been updated with a new statement from III MEF.
A search is on for three U.S. Marines who are missing following an MV-22 mishap off the coast of Australia at about 2 a.m. EST, according to an early Saturday statement from III Marine Expeditionary Force. Read More
U.S. amphibious forces in the Pacific practiced combining their ships and embarked Marines with multi-warfare surface combatants, rehearsing for so-called Upgunned Expeditionary Strike Group operations during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2017. Read More
CORRECTION: A previous version of this post had the incorrect unit number for the first Marine Fighter Attack Squadron to field F-35Bs in Japan. It’s Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121) “Green Knights,” no VMFA-211.
Next year the Navy will relocate big deck amphib USS Wasp (LHD-1) from Naval Station Norfolk, Va. to a new homeport in Sasebo, Japan, U.S. Fleet Forces announced on Monday. Read More
As the Navy and Marine Corps work through a high-end warfighting exercise in the Pacific, which features a traditional three-ship amphibious ready group (ARG) operating with a guided-missile destroyer as a peek into future operations, a similar ship pairing is performing real-world missions in the Mediterranean today. Read More