Essex ARG Returns From Deployment

March 1, 2019 – Sailors and Marines of the Essex (LHD 2) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) returned to their homeport of San Diego, following a successful deployment to the Indo-Pacific, Middle East, Mediterranean, and Horn of Africa regions, March 1. More than 4,500 Sailors and Marines of the Essex ARG and embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducted maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in support of regional security, stability, and the free flow of maritime commerce. “This deployment was a great example of dynamic force employment,” said…

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Essex Amphibious Ready Group Visited Pearl Harbor

February 20, 2019 – USS Essex (LHD 2), other ships of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), and embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) visited Pearl Harbor, Feb. 18-20. “Pearl Harbor is rich in military history and its strategic location places it center stage in the Pacific,” said Capt. Gerald Olin, commander, Amphibious Squadron 1. ” The harbors and bases the Navy uses here are among the very best in the world and help ensure that naval forces in the Pacific are trained and ready to respond to any contingency.…

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USS Rushmore Makes Port Call to Colombo

December 21, 2018 – USS Rushmore (LSD 47), with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka, for a scheduled port visit Dec. 21. During the visit, Sailors and Marines will have opportunities to explore the local area and visit historical sites in Sri Lanka. Part of a growing U.S.-Sri Lanka naval partnership, the visit marks the second port visit by a ship assigned to the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) following USS Anchorage’s visit to Trincomalee, Sri Lanka in August. Additionally the visit follows the…

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Essex ARG, 13th MEU complete COMPTUEX

Sailors of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and Marines attached to 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of Southern California, June 15. COMPTUEX is a Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 15 and 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Expeditionary Operations Training Group (EOTG)-led sea and land-based deployment certification event involving the full embarkation of the MEU. Essex ARG is commanded by Capt. Gerald Olin of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 1, and comprises amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD…

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Essex ARG, 13th MEU commence ARGMEUEX

Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and Marines assigned to 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) commenced the ARG/MEU exercise (ARGMEUEX) off the coast of California, April 24. ARGMEUEX is a Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 15 and 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Expeditionary Operations Training Group (EOTG)-led exercise that provides critical training and feedback prior to the deployment certifying event, Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). Essex ARG is command by Capt. Gerald Olin of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 1, and comprises amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD…

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Essex ARG, 13th MEU complete integration training

Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 1, the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) returned to their respective homeports following the completion of an amphibious squadron (PHIBRON)-MEU Integrated Training (PMINT) off the coast of Southern California, April 5. As the first fully integrated training period between Essex Amphibious Ready Group and 13th MEU, PMINT honed the Navy-Marine team’s abilities to plan and conduct exercises in maritime security operations, crisis response capability and forward naval presence over the course of three phases. “Our biggest success was validating that…

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Essex ARG Undertaking SWATT Training

USS Essex (LHD 2) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) departed Naval Base San Diego yesterday, Monday, March 5, in a first for the Navy’s Surface Warfare community – an ARG Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise. The exercise is focused on advanced tactical training at sea to improve warfighting proficiency, lethality, and ship interoperability before further training in the ARG’s deployment cycle. “Providing watch teams and warfare commanders the reps-and-sets they need to exercise and build their combat muscle is critical,” said Rear Adm. John Wade, commander of the Naval…

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USS Rushmore concludes exercise Iron Fist 2018

USS Rushmore (LSD 47), with elements from 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, concluded exercise Iron Fist 2018 off the coast of Southern California, Feb. 7. Iron Fist 2018 demonstrated more than a decade of interoperability development and enhanced amphibious capability of Japanese and American forces. Rushmore provided both an amphibious and air platform for U.S. Marine Corps and Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force members to train and conduct operations. The amphibious phase of Iron Fist 2018 showed that Rushmore was able to act as a single…

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Sea services arrive to kick off Fleet Week San Diego

The amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) and Coast Guard Cutter Midgett (WHEC 726) arrived in downtown San Diego, Oct. 11, to begin the weeklong celebration. The amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) and mine countermeasures ship Champion (MCM 4) will also take part in Fleet Week San Diego. Rushmore, Mobile Bay, Spruance and Champion will participate in a Sea and Air Parade demonstration, along with Navy air squadrons, Oct. 14. Anchorage (LPD…

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USS Rushmore visits Vanuatu during OMSI mission

USS Rushmore (LSD 47), with embarked U.S. Coast Guard maritime law enforcement personnel, anchored off the coast of Vanuatu for a scheduled port visit, Sept. 15. During the visit, the crew provided tours of the ship, allowing visitors the opportunity to see and experience life aboard a U.S. Navy warship. “We value our partnership with the countries in the South Pacific and are committed to assisting them in enhancing maritime security and keeping the sea lanes open for the benefit of all,” said Rushmore’s Commanding Officer, Cmdr. John Ryan. “This…

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Rushmore visits American Samoa during OMSI mission

USS Rushmore (LSD 47), with embarked U.S. Coast Guard maritime law enforcement personnel, departed American Samoa after a scheduled two-day port visit, Sept. 5. Under the operational control of U.S. 3rd Fleet, Rushmore and embarked U.S. Coast Guard District 14 maritime law enforcement personnel departed San Diego Aug. 14 for a deployment supporting the Oceania Maritime Support Initiative (OMSI). OMSI is a Secretary of Defense program aimed to diminish transnational illegal activity on the high seas in the Pacific Island Nations of Oceania’s exclusive economic zones (EEZ) and enhance regional…

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