Amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) arrived in Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 27 to offload the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).
Ashland completed an array of exercises throughout her patrol, which began Jun. 3, that culminated in the bi-annual, joint-force exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 in addition to providing aid to Saipan after Typhoon Soudelor made land fall.
Ashland’s final mission will be to offload the embarked 31st MEU’s Amphibious Assault Platoon and Command Logistics Battalion (CLB) 7 in Okinawa.
Ashland and its embarked 31st MEU and NBU 7 are a part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (BHRARG). BHRARG is assigned to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
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