The U.S. Navy has redeployed its amphibious assault ship, USS Wasp (LHD-1), and dock landing ship, USS Oak Hill (LSD-51), from the hurricane relief support in Puerto Rico.
The ships will now proceed on to their next routine defense missions.
The decision for the redeployment was taken after assessment by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Department of Defense (DoD), in consultation with Puerto Rico’s governor. This was part of the broader planning effort to transition from hurricane response to hurricane recovery.
The ships have provided great value to the overall response effort, contributing search and rescue capabilities that saved lives. Their principle contribution to the hurricane relief effort has been helicopter support.
FEMA and DoD have determined there are sufficient land-based helicopters and tilt rotor lift capabilities in the territories to continue helping the people of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as they recover.
USS Oak Hill (LSD-51)
USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) is a Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship of the United States Navy. Oak Hill is the second United States Navy ship to be named after Oak Hill, the home of U.S. President James Monroe.
The ship is currently homeported at Little Creek Amphibious Base, Virginia Beach, Virginia, and is assigned to Amphibious Squadron 4.
USS Wasp (LHD-1)
USS Wasp (LHD-1) is a U.S. Navy multipurpose amphibious assault ship. She is the lead ship of her class, is the tenth USN vessel to bear the name, and was the flagship of the Second Fleet.
She was built by the Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Litton in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
Wasp, which is 257 m long (843 ft) with a beam of 32 meters (105 ft), accommodates the full range of Navy and Marine Corps helicopters, the tiltrotor MV-22 Osprey, conventional landing craft, and amphibious vehicles.