Sunday, July 24, 2016

US Amphibious Group that supported fight against Daesh now in Western Pacific

From Update.Ph (Jul 23): US Amphibious Group that supported fight against Daesh now in Western Pacific

A United States Navy Amphibious Ready Group that operated for four months under US 5th Fleet in support of Operation Inherent Resolve has returned to 7th Fleet Area of Operations July 23. Operation Inherent Resolve is the US military’s operational name for the military intervention against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Daesh) including both the campaign in Iraq and the campaign in Syria.

The said Amphibious Ready Group, Boxer Amphibious Ready Group with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit operated in 7th Fleet Area of Operations early this year.

With its return, the Amphibious Ready Group will conduct exercises and port visits to enhance maritime partnerships and promote peace and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, the US Navy said.

“The Sailors and Marines of the ARG, MEU performed tremendously when we were here a few months ago conducting bilateral engagements and promoting regional stability,” said Captain Patrick Foege, commodore for Amphibious Squadron 1.

“Their performance during exercise Ssang Young was superb and the crews truly enjoyed the port visits in Hong Kong and Thailand. We are looking forward to once again working with our allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region,” Captain Patrick Foege added.

The Boxer ARG is comprised of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 1, amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) and amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49).

The 13th MEU is comprised of a ground combat element, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment; an aviation combat element, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 166 (Reinforced); a logistics combat element, Combat Logistics Battalion 13; and a command element.

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