Kearsarge ARG, 22nd MEU Enter U.S. 6th Fleet

December 26, 2018 – The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) entered the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations Dec. 25 to conduct a scheduled deployment. During its time in theater, the ARG/MEU team and its more than 4,500 Sailors and Marines are prepared to conduct a variety of missions, including maritime security operations, crisis response and theater security cooperation. “The Kearsarge ARG is prepared to conduct a variety of missions, including maritime security operations, crisis response and theater security cooperation,” said Capt. Daniel…

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Kearsarge ARG Departs for Deployment

December 18, 2018 – USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and components of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) deployed Dec. 17. Kearsarge is the flagship of the Kearsarge amphibious ready group, which consists of Amphibious Squadron 6, the 22nd MEU, USS Arlington (LPD 24), USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), as well as Kearsarge. Kearsarge’s commanding officer, Capt. Jason Rimmer, said he is confident the ARG is ready to take on the deployment’s challenges. “Kearsarge has spent the last four months focused on combat readiness and tactical skills,” said Rimmer. “The Kearsarge…

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US Navy Ships Train with Western Hemisphere Partners

November 26, 2018 – In support of U.S. Southern Command’s (USSOUTHCOM) Enduring Promise Initiative, amphibious transport dock USS Somerset (LPD 25) and guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) will conduct interoperability and partnership exercises in Ecuador, Peru and Chile. Somerset has approximately 300 U.S. Marines and Sailors with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Peru that will conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training with Peruvian naval forces. Wayne E. Meyer will conduct an interoperability and information sharing exercise with the Ecuadorian navy to increase capacity in countering illegal,…

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Kearsarge ARG Completes COMPTUEX

November 6, 2018 – The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) successfully completed a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX), Nov. 2. The ARG’s COMPTUEX was a three-week, scenario-driven exercise focused on simultaneous missions and enhanced realism to test the capabilities of the Kearsarge ARG and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prior to their upcoming deployment. The exercise included embarked Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26, and Assault Craft Unit 4. “The Kearsarge ARG, 22nd MEU, and accompanying destroyers, successfully completed a demanding and realistic test,” said…

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Kearsarge ARG Completes Live-Fire Missile Exercise

October 16, 2018 – The units of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) participated in a live-fire missile exercise (MISSILEX), Oct. 14. USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) fired one RIM-7P missile from the NATO Sea Sparrow missile launcher and successfully engaged a target simulating an inbound airborne threat. USS Arlington (LPD 24) fired two RAMs, destroying an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). “The value of the missile exercise is to ensure that Kearsarge’s combat systems are capable of detecting, tracking and engaging an inbound threat,” said Lt. Tim Davey, Kearsarge’s combat systems…

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Kearsarge ARG Underway for Final Pre-deployment Exercise

October 14, 2018 – Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) departed Naval Station Norfolk, Oct. 13, to conduct a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX). COMPTUEX is the final pre-deployment exercise that certifies the ARG’s abilities to conduct military operations at sea and project power ashore with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit through joint planning and execution of challenging and realistic training scenarios. The exercise is hosted by Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 4, which mentors, trains and assesses East Coast units preparing for future deployments. The Kearsarge ARG consists of Amphibious…

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U.S. Northern Command Positioned to Respond following Hurricane Florence

September 15, 2018 – United States Northern Command, its component and subordinate commands, Department of Defense partners, the military services and the National Guard are actively supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, states and local partners in response to the recently-downgraded Hurricane Florence. “We have quite literally surrounded the affected area with DoD capability that will be critical in hours and days following the storm’s impact. Secretary Mattis’ guidance to me is clear: We are anticipating the needs,” said Gen. Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy, North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S.…

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Sortied Navy Assets Return to Hampton Roads

September 15, 2018 – Nearly 30 ships and 128 aircraft will return to the Hampton Roads area starting Saturday, Sept. 15, and will continue to return to homeport over the next several days. Beginning today, aircraft will make their way back to Hampton Roads bases and surface ships will start to return Sunday, Sept. 16. The return plan for Norfolk-based aircraft will give priority to rotary wing assets to allow for additional land-based rotary wing Defense Support to Civilian Authorities (DSCA) support, if requested. The decision to return naval assets…

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Kearsarge Successfully Completes ARGMEUEX

September 10, 2018 – USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) returned to her homeport of Naval Station Norfolk, Sept. 9, after completing Amphibious Ready Group, Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise (ARGMEUEX). ARGMEUEX is the first of two major warfighting tests required for ARGs to be certified for deployment by Carrier Strike Group Four. “The Amphibious Ready Group, Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise is an important step towards the deployment certification process for the Sailors and Marines from the ships of Commander, Amphibious Squadron Six and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit,” said Rear Adm. Kenneth R.…

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Kearsarge ARG Underway for Pre-deployment Exercise

August 23, 2018 – The units of Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) departed their respective homeports for an ARG, Marine Expeditionary Unit exercise (ARGMEUEX), Aug. 21 – 22. ARGMEUEX enhances joint integration, lethality and collective capabilities of the Navy-Marine Corps team through joint planning and execution of challenging and realistic training scenarios. “The Sailors and Marines on this team have been working hard to get to this point. We’re excited to test ourselves as a unit in the upcoming exercises,” said Navy Capt. Daniel Blackburn, commodore, PHIBRON 6. “I am…

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Arlington Departs from Fleet Week New York

More than 800 Sailors and Marines departed Manhattan aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) on their way home to Norfolk, Va., at the conclusion of Fleet Week New York (FWNY) 2018, May 29. During their six days in port, Arlington service members interacted with the community, hosted two receptions onboard, conducted tours of the ship for the general public, and participated in more than 160 events throughout the city of New York. “This was a wonderful experience for the Sailors and Marines aboard Arlington,” said Command…

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