Sailors and Marines in the USS America Amphibious Ready Group and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit left San Diego Friday for a regularly scheduled deployment.
During the deployment, they’ll operate with embarked forces of the Camp Pendleton-based 15th MEU, the “Wildcards” of Coronado-based Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23, and various other units.
“It has been incredible to see the America ARG/15th MEU team come together as a highly capable, lethal, and ready force,” said Capt. Rome Ruiz, the Amphibious Squadron 3 commander.
The Navy said they will operate in the Pacific, Middle East and Horn of Africa, conducting maritime security operations, providing crisis response capability, theater security cooperation and a forward naval presence.
“We are looking forward to conducting persistent forward naval engagement and being always prepared to respond as the nation’s force in readiness,’ said Col. Joseph Clearfield, 15th MEU commanding officer. This team has worked incredibly hard and I couldn’t be prouder of everyone. We are ready to accomplish whatever missions our commanders need accomplished.”
The Navy said the three ships have been at sea for much of the last six months preparing for the routine deployment.
Typically two or three amphibious ready groups are forward deployed at all times in the Pacific Ocean and near the Middle East. A group can typically land a force of more than 2,000 Marines along with their tanks, helicopters, fighter jets and supplies.
City News Service contributed to this article.
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