US Naval Forces in Japan to Update Ships: USS America on the Way

Monday, April 29, 2019

Amphibious assault ship USS America

Tokyo-(PanOrient News) U.S. naval forces in Japan will soon be getting a more capable amphibious assault ship and a landing platform dock. The ship, the USS America, and the landing platform dock, the USS New Orleans, are set to join the forward-deployed forces of the U.S. 7th Fleet in Sasebo, Japan.

According to the U.S. Navy, the security environment in the Indo-Pacific necessitates that the most capable ships be stationed forward to allow for quick response times and greater striking power. In addition to combat operations, both ships can also be used for humanitarian-assistance operations.

In exchange for the ships, two of the fleet’s current ships will shift their homeports elsewhere. The guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem will be sent to San Diego, California for its midlife modernization, while the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp will go to Norfolk, Virginia for maintenance.

“Maintaining the most advanced ships is vital to support the United States’ commitment to the security, stability and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region,” said the Navy statement.

The Navy also said that the U.S. values Japan’s contributions to the peace, security and stability of the Indo-Pacific and long-term commitment and hospitality in hosting U.S. forces.

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