The US Navy (USN) has announced the deployment of a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock vessel and of its lead America-class amphibious assault ship to the Japanese coastal city of Sasebo to become part of the service's Forward Deployed Naval Forces.
The transport dock vessel, USS New Orleans, joined the US 7th Fleet's amphibious force in Sasebo on 1 December after transiting the Pacific Ocean from its former homeport of San Diego.
New Orleans became the second such ship to be assigned to Commander, Amphibious Squadron 11 - the USN's newest and only forward-deployed amphibious squadron - joining USS Green Bay, which was deployed to the 7th Fleet in 2015, according to a 2 December statement by the USN.
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