The USS Wasp is a United States aircraft carrier operating under the U.S. Marine Corps.
Before Ice StationEdit
Some time after its construction, the USS Wasp was placed under the command of Captain Jack Walsh of the United States Marine Corps. During the 1990's, the Wasp was used to deploy Harrier jumpjets to perform operations, both official and unofficial, in locations such as Serbia.
In 1995, one of the Harrier pilots, Shane Schofield, was shot down over Bosnia while undertaking unofficial reconnaissance flights, and taken hostage. Walsh, disobeying his superiors, deployed a team of Marines stationed on the Wasp to get him out, a mission that was somewhat successful. Walsh's superiors weren't happy with his actions, but allowed him to continue captaining the Wasp.
During his hellish mission at Wilkes Research Station, Schofield learned that the Wasp was stationed just off-shore. At this time, the Wasp was forcibly taken under the command of the ICG-Navy Admiral Thomas Clayton, which Walsh was unhappy about.
After Schofield and the remaining survivors escaped from Wilkes onboard the prototype B-7A Silhouette, he attempted to contact the Wasp for allowance to land onboard. He eventually made contact and was approved for landing.
When the Silhouette touched down, Schofield was surprised that the deck had already been cleared, and Walsh informed him of Clayton taking command. Clayton had his own men come out to begin examining the Silhouette, and while they did so, Schofield apologised to Walsh for the damage to the Wasp's deck. As Walsh questioned his meaning, a missile that Schofield had preemptively set to destroy the Silhouette impacted, killing Clayton and his men and damaging the flight deck. Due to his dislike for Clayton, Walsh forgave Schofield for the damage.
As the Wasp headed back to Pearl Harbour, Schofield and his people was patched up onboard the carrier, and footage of the damage to the Wasp's deck made the news prior to its docking.
The flight deck on board the Wasp was often used during the Bosnian war to deploy Harrier jumpjet for reconnaissance missions.
- There have been 11 different ships named the USS Wasp since 1775; the one that appears in Ice Station is likely the LHD-1 Wasp that has been in active service since 1989.