USS Green Bay leaves for Japan

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay left San Diego Monday for its new home port in Japan, where the Navy is gathering its most advanced and capable vessels.

Green Bay will replace the decommissioned amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9) at the Navy’s base in Sasebo, Japan, as part of the Navy’s strategy to shift its focus to Asia.

“The crew has worked hard to get Green Bay ready,” said Capt. Kristy McCallum, the commanding officer.

“By my count, we completed a total of 23 training, certification and maintenance cycles in six months,” McCallum said. “As we’ve trained, we have prepared ourselves to be ready for a dynamic security environment and diverse missions.”

According to the Navy, the Green Bay will bring technological advancements and fighting capabilities to 7th Fleet, including an advanced command and control suite, increased airlift capacity and substantial improvements in vehicle- and cargo-carrying capability.

The ship supports the transfer of personnel and equipment using landing craft, helicopters and MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.

Once it arrives in Japan, the Green Bay will become part of an amphibious ready group led by the USS Bonhomme Richard, another vessel formerly based in San Diego.

The Green Bay, commissioned in January 2009, conducted deployments in 2011 and 2013 while based in San Diego. It’s named after the city in Wisconsin.

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