The Navy announced Friday that two San Diego warships, including the fleet’s newest amphibious assault ship, will be forward deployed to Japan.
The move will take the America, which is essentially a small aircraft carrier, into a region that is increasingly the focus of the Navy.
“Maintaining the most advanced ships is vital to support the United States’ commitment to the security, stability and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region,” the Navy said in a statement.
The America can carry the Marines’ new F-35B Lighting II stealth fighter as well as V-22 Osprey tiltrotor transports. It can land elements of a Marine Expeditionary Unit during an amphibious assault.
The next ship in the class, the future USS Tripoli, is undergoing pre-commissioning activities in San Diego.