Boxer Amphibious Ready Group Arrives in 7th Fleet

September 24, 2019 – The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) team entered the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations from the U.S. 5th Fleet September 23 during a scheduled deployment. Joining 7th Fleet’s Naval Forces, the Boxer ARG and 11th MEU will work side-by-side with regional partners and allies to promote maritime security and stability in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. U.S. 7th Fleet conducts forward-deployed naval operations in support of U.S. national interests in the Indo-Pacific area of operations. As the U.S.…

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USS John P. Murtha, Indian Navy Conduct Maritime Exercises

June 16, 2019 – USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) with embarked elements from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) participated in maneuvering and communication drills with Indian navy ship, Rajput-class destroyer INS Ranvijay (D 55) in the Bay of Bengal, June 14. The interaction between the U.S. and Indian navies this year prepares both maritime forces to conduct their first bi-lateral, tri-services amphibious exercise. “Conducting these drills with the Indian Navy and enhancing our maritime cooperation was a great way to follow up our successful port visit to Visakhapatnam,”…

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USS John P. Murtha arrives in Visakhapatnam

June 11, 2019 – USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) with embarked elements from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Visakhapatnam for a port call, June 11. During the visit, Sailors and Marines will work to enhance U.S. and Indian military cooperation by conducting professional exchanges with their Indian counterparts and will have the opportunity to experience India. “This is the continuation of a relationship critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans,” said Capt. Kevin Lane, commanding officer, USS John P.…

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Boxer ARG Deploys

May 1, 2019 – Sailors and Marines from Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed their homeport of Naval Base San Diego, May 1, for a regularly scheduled deployment. While deployed, the Boxer ARG/11th MEU team will conduct maritime security operations, crisis response operations, theater security cooperation and forward naval presence operations. “It has been incredible to see the interoperability of the Boxer ARG/11th MEU as they have come together to form a cohesive team, operating from all ships within the ARG,” said Capt. Brad…

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Navy, NASA Complete Underway Recovery Test 7

November 6, 2018 – USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) successfully completed test recovery operations of NASA’s mock Orion capsule, Nov. 5. The Underway Recovery Test-7 (URT-7) is part of a U.S. government interagency effort to safely retrieve the Orion crew module, which is capable of carrying humans into deep space. This marks the first completion of a URT aboard John P. Murtha. NASA engineers worked alongside Sailors from the John P. Murtha, Special Boat Team 12, and Navy divers from Mobile Diving Salvage Unit 11 and Explosive Ordnance Disposal…

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USS John P. Murtha underway for NASA Orion mission testing

October 30, 2018 – USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) is underway to conduct Underway Recovery Test (URT) 7 in conjunction with NASA off the coast of Southern California. URT is part of a U.S. government interagency effort to safely practice and evaluate recovery processes, procedures, hardware and personnel in an open ocean environment that will be used to recover the Orion spacecraft upon its return to Earth. This will be the first time John P. Murtha will conduct a URT mission with NASA. Throughout the history of the program,…

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