The amphibious assault ship USS Essex and other warships in its ready group docked in Pearl Harbor earlier this week on their way back to San Diego from deployment.
The group includes the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage, amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore and the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit with their helicopters and fighter jets.
Upon arrival in Pearl Harbor, the crew manned the rails and rendered honors to the fallen when passing the USS Arizona Memorial.
“It’s important not to lose sight of our history,” said Essex Command Master Chief Matthew Danforth. “It’s a somber reminder of the cost of freedom. Even now, we give our thanks to those who join us in our fight to keep our families, friends and countrymen safe.”
While in Hawaii, the ships brought aboard friends and family members, known as “tigers.” During the “tiger cruise” back to San Diego, sailors and Marines will have the chance to show what life on aboard a Navy ship is like.
“I’m personally very excited at the opportunity to show our family and friends what life at sea is all about,” said Capt. Brian Mutty, the Essex’s commanding officer. “It’s a great opportunity to showcase our incredible sailors and the crucial missions they execute.”
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