USS Wasp underway for Japan, to replace USS Bonhomme Richard

The U.S. Navy announced that USS Wasp (LHD 1) has departed for Sasebo, Japan, Aug. 30. The ship will replace USS Bonhomme Richard as the 7th Fleet’s forward-deployed amphibious assault ship.

USS Wasp (LHD-1) Osprey 2
By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Zachary L. Borden (RELEASED) (http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=51717) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

F-35Bs from VMFA-121 will eventually be deployed from the ship, bringing a new capability to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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