The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock left the Arabian Sea Friday after almost four months of operations against the ISIL Islamic terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.
The San Diego-based ships were supporting of Operation Inherent Resolve‘s coalition air campaign, including non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance flights over the region.
“This deployment really proved the relevance and the expeditionary value of our naval forces. We operate forward and stay as long as necessary,” said Makin Island’s Commanding Officer, Capt. Jon P. Rodgers. “I am proud of the salt in this crew and their mission focus while spending nearly an entire 5th Fleet deployment period at sea-a checkmark in any Sailor’s life.”
The Defense Department reported Saturday that attack, fighter and bomber aircraft and drones conducted 12 airstrikes in Syria and three in Iraq on Friday.