CAMP PENDLETON, Calif.
-- Family members and friends eagerly waited to catch a glimpse of their Sailors coming home on the incoming Landing Craft Air Cushions (LCAC), assigned to the Assault Craft Unit (ACU 5), during a homecoming ceremony, April 24.
ACU 5 returns to their homeport at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, after completing an eight-month deployment. While deployed to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf, they maintained a crisis response capability, transferred troops, food, fire power and performed presence operations.
"Homecoming is a celebration of a job well done," said Capt. Jonathan Lance Harden, commanding officer of ACU 5. "This team went above and beyond what was asked of them and completed every mission and task they were apart of."
ACU 5 has the capability to deliver supplies across long distances in a short period of time. ACU 5's small crew of approximately 400 Sailors, allows for more time to get to know each other and to get the job done quickly and accurately.
"I learned a lot from this crew and am glad that we are all home safe," said Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) 3rd Class Jessica Tucker, an ACU 5 deck engineer. "It is nice to be home and see my family and friends after being at sea for so long."
ACU 5 is part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, which is made up of 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).
For more information about ACU 5, visit www.public.navy.mil/surfor/acu5/pages/default.aspx