Iwo Jima, 26th MEU Complete MDVR

USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and embarked Marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed Aqaba, Jordan, after completing a mid-deployment voyage repair (MDVR) maintenance availability, July 13. MDVRs are scheduled availabilities to complete repairs and maintenance, allowing a ship to continue to be fully mission capable throughout the remainder of its deployment. “The MDVR gave us the opportunity to take seven days to focus on getting maintenance done and make sure that we remain ready to respond as required,” said Capt. Joseph R. O’Brien, Iwo Jima’s commanding officer.…

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USS New York Departs Piraeus

USS New York (LPD 21) and embarked Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed Piraeus, Greece, June 10, following a scheduled voyage repair and port visit. During the seven-day stop, New York completed maintenance normally done in its Mayport, Florida, homeport, ensuring the amphibious ship’s sustained operational readiness and ability to complete any U.S. 6th Fleet mission tasking. The approximately 400 Sailors and 700 Marines on New York also enjoyed the opportunity to engage with their hosts as both nations are committed to promoting peace and…

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Iwo Jima ARG, 26th MEU Start Combined COMPTUEX

Components of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) started a Combined Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of Virginia, Nov. 3. Nearly 4,000 Sailors and Marines are embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and the transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) for the six-week exercise that is the final stage of a comprehensive training cycle aimed at building cohesion between the ARG’s Blue-Green team and certifying them for deployment. “We operate in a…

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