Iwo Jima Completes Six Month Deployment

USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) returned to Mayport August 9 following a six-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and U.S. 6th Fleet areas of operations. Deployed since Feb. 7 as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), the ship provided a ready, versatile amphibious assault capability and vigilant maritime presence to U.S. 5th and U.S. 6th Fleet, participating in exercises Juniper Cobra and Eager Lion. It also hosted a 10-day embarkation of 10 Egyptian naval officers to discuss concepts of amphibious naval operations and strengthen partner nation capabilities.…

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Oak Hill Returns from Six Month Deployment

USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) returned to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story , Aug. 7, following a six-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and U.S. 6th Fleet areas of operations . Oak Hill departed their homeport Feb. 9 as a part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and supported operations in U.S. 5th and U.S. 6th Fleets as well as participated in military exercises in the northern Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea, Gulf of Aden, Red Sea and the Baltic Sea. “Our journey began back in…

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USS New York in Piraeus for Mid-Deployment Maintenance

USS New York (LPD 21) and embarked Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Piraeus, Greece, June 4, for scheduled maintenance and a port visit. The stop allows New York to complete repairs that would normally take place in homeport, allowing it to continue on its deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. The approximately 400 Sailors and 700 Marines on New York will get the opportunity to engage with their hosts, while reinforcing a strong U.S.-Greek partnership and their shared commitment to promoting peace…

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USS Iwo Jima Begins 2018 Deployment

More than 2,500 Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) departed the ship’s homeport of Naval Station Mayport, Florida, for a scheduled six-month deployment Feb. 7. The Navy-Marine Corps team will support maritime security operations, crisis response and theater security cooperation, while also providing a forward naval presence in Europe and the Middle East.  “We have been training for this since we returned from the last deployment,” said Capt. Joseph O’Brien, Iwo Jima’s commanding officer. “The Iwo Jima Navy-Marine Corps team brings a full…

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