As the Commander of Amphibious Squadron FIVE, CPR5 prepares for and directs expeditionary warfare missions in support of national objectives by employing the combat power of amphibious ships and the Marine Corps in the maritime, littoral, and inland environments.
Provide command and control structure in all aspects of expeditionary warfare for assigned amphibious ships. While inport, CPR5 is responsible for overseeing the proper manning, training, and equipping of each amphibious ship in order to allow them to execute expeditionary missions and meet the fleet-wide ship readiness objectives. At sea, assuming tactical control of the amphibious ships, CPR5 plans and executes expeditionary missions. During the intermediate/advanced training phase and deployment, CPR5 serves as the the composite warfare commander and officer in tactical command for MAKIN ISLAND Amphibious Ready Group (ARG). MAKIN ISLAND ARG consists of CPR5 amphibious ships, a mixture of cruiser-destroyer attack ships, and a Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). Working for fleet commanders or regional task force commanders, CPR5 directs MAKIN ISLAND ARG in executing a variety of expeditionary missions, including: amphibious assault, maritime interdiction, maritime security, noncombatant evacuation, contingency management, and humanitarian/disaster relief. When not tasked in a specific expeditionary role, the ARG is capable of securing regional air and sea superiority as required by theater maritime goals.
Amphibious Squadron FIVE was established in September 1954, and has been based in San Diego, California since its inception. In its early years, the squadron participated in operations involving high altitude nuclear tests and operational tests of tactical nuclear anti-submarine warfare (ASW) weapons, typhoon relief in Hong Kong and the Philippines in 1962; joint Army-Navy landing exercises at Camp Pendleton in 1963 and in combined naval exercises in Formosa in 1964 involving 50,000 U.S. and Republic of China troops and over 125 ships from both nations. Amphibious Squadron FIVE was also part of the U.S. contingency force formed in response to the Tonkin Gulf incident of 1964.
In 1965, Amphibious Squadron FIVE assisted in the lift of the Republic of Korea Capital Division from Pusan, Korea to Qui Nhon, South Vietam - the first time Korean troops had ever been sent to a foreign shore. Later, the squadron participated in numerous amphibious landings of U.S. and Republic of Vietam troops in areas known to be inhabited by Viet Cong. The squadron was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation in 1966 for its participation in several amphibious search and destroy missions. In 1969, an operation to open the South Cua Dau River to commercial traffic garnered an award of the Navy Unit Commendation. Amphibious Squadron FIVE's Vietnam service ended with its participation in Operation FREQUENT WIND in 1975, the final withdrawal of U.S., Allied, and South Vietnamese personnel from Saigon prior to its fall to North Vietnam.
Between 1975 and 1989, the squadron participated in several TEAM SPIRIT exercises in the Republic of Korea, KANGAROO and VALAINT USHER exercises in Australia, and a multi-national exercise with Pacific Rim navies, RIMPAC-1988. During Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM, Amphibious Squadron FIVE and the THIRTEENTH MEU (SOC) recovered the first Kuwaiti territory of the war by reclaiming Maradim Island in the Arabian Gulf, staged a helicopter deception off the Kuwaiti coast, and transported over 1400 enemy prisoners of war from Iraq-held Faylaka Island to Al Mishab, Saudi Arabia. Post-Gulf War deployments to the Arabian Gulf have included multi-national exercises involving numerous allies in the region that developed friendship, increased military training levels, and demonstrated our continued presence in the region.
In 1993, Amphibious Squadron FIVE was summoned to the troubled nation of Somalia. Operations SHOW CARE and MORE CARE, as well as continuing support for the joint forces ashore, earned the squadron another Meritorious Unit Award. Amphibious Squadron FIVE and THIRTEENTH MEU deployed on WESTPAC 2000 where they participated in exercise IRON MAGIC and supported Operation DETERMINED RESPONSE in light of the USS COLE bombing. Since then, Amphibious Squadron FIVE and various Marine Expeditionary units have completed multiple deployments to the Arabian Gulf in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
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