USS America (LHA 6), the Navy’s only forward-deployed amphibious assault ship, visited Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Nov. 18-21.
America, which operates out of Sasebo, Japan, is the first large-deck amphibious ship ever to visit MCAS Iwakuni. The ship hosted military and civic leadership, and regional news agencies, for a tour Nov. 19.
“Our visit here is an opportunity to highlight cooperation and reinforce our alliance with Japan as the cornerstone for regional peace and security,” said Capt. Ken Ward, America’s commanding officer, during a press conference on the ship’s flight deck.
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