SASEBO, Japan --The Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) departed Fleet Activities Sasebo for her Fall patrol, Aug. 10.
Germantown, the second ship of her class, is underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations for a routine patrol with the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (BHRESG).
“Germantown and her crew is ready to be back out to sea to continue our mission and maintain presence in this theater of operation,” said Cmdr. Severn Stevens, commanding officer of Germantown. “We look forward to working with our regional partners and allies in the weeks to come.”
During the patrol, Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) will embark Germantown for training and qualification certifications.
Along with the 31st MEU, Landing Craft Utility 1631, attached to Naval Beach Unit 7, will embark Germantown for the duration of the patrol.
A few aspects of the patrol are to further exercise freedom of navigation and international law in the 7th Fleet and work along with regional partners and allies through engagements, training, and port visits.
Germantown is forward deployed to FLEACT Sasebo in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.