Sasebo-based USS Green Bay starts Indo-Asia-Pacific patrol

U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) set sail from its base of Sasebo, Japan on January 25 for a routine patrol in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

While on patrol, Green Bay and Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) will participate in exercises and training meant to increase combat readiness and enhance partnerships with allies in the region.

“Embarking, training and operating with the 31st MEU remains our number one priority,” said Capt. Nathan Moyer, Green Bay’s commanding officer. “As we soon embark our Marines, I look forward to seamless integration as we train and work together while building stronger ties with partners in the region.”

Green Bay returned to Sasebo from a patrol with the Bonhomme Richard expeditionary strike group in November 2016 after completing Valiant Shield, Philippine Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX), and Blue Chromite.

Green Bay is part of Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, the Navy’s only forward-deployed amphibious force, headquartered at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa.

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