The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) and embarked Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Special Operations Capable (SOC) arrived in Skagen, Denmark, for a scheduled refueling and resupply on June 12, 2024, according to a press release from the U.S. Navy.

Skagen, a small town of fewer than 15,000 people, is not accustomed to hosting U.S. Navy warships, making this visit noteworthy.

Skagen is the first port visit for Wasp since entering the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. During its transit across the Atlantic Ocean, Wasp conducted several successful replenishments-at-sea with Military Sealift Command supply vessels.

Once in the North Sea, the opportunity to resupply with a NATO member was seized by Capt. Christopher Purcell, Wasp’s commanding officer. “Having the full support of our NATO Allies makes it easier for us to accomplish our mission,” said Purcell.

“We’re happy to pull into such a beautiful port and have the chance to interact with the people of Skagen, even if only for a short resupply. The crew would love to visit longer in the future to experience everything the area has to offer.”

During its time in Skagen, Wasp took on fuel, such as jet propellant-5 (JP-5), and various supplies, including food and dry goods. Wasp is scheduled to participate in Baltic Operations 2024 (BALTOPS24) as the flagship of the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group and the 24th MEU (SOC).

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