NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The locally based amphibious assault ship USS Wasp will be relocating to Japan next year.
The Navy says this move is part of a rebalancing strategy to increase their presence in the Pacific Fleet. The Wasp will move from Norfolk to Sasebo, Japan in the fall of 2017.
According to Navy officials, the USS Wasp recently underwent a modernization, making it capable of accommodating Marine Corps variant of the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35B).
Sailors aboard the Wasp took part in a joint non-combatant evacuation operation (NEO) exercise last month in Oman. The Wasp deployed to the Navy’s 5th and 6th fleet of operations last summer.