The USS Wasp was supposed to join the 7th Fleet in August last year but was diverted to assist in relief efforts in the aftermath of the Hurricane Irma which hit the US Virgin Islands and Dominica. It was then sent around to Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria.
The 40,00-ton, 844-foot-long Wasp is an aircraft carrier built in the 80s. It hosts Marine Corps F-35B stealth fighter jets.
The warship has taken part in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The ship can house over 1,000 soldiers and hosts jets to provide air support during attacks.