By MC3 Jonathan Clay, CTF 76 Public Affairs
USS Ashland (LSD 48) departs Fleet Activities Sasebo, May 26. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jordan Crouch) >>
SASEBO, Japan The Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) departed its forward-deployed base of Sasebo, Japan, for a routine patrol on May 26.
Ashland and other amphibious ships of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group will embark their forward-deployed Marine counterparts, the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), to conduct operations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
While on patrol, Ashland and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit will provide a ready-response capability any type of contingency and work to enhance interoperability with partners and allies.