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170814-N-GC965-013 KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia (Aug. 14, 2017) Sailors assigned to the Deck and Navigation departments aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) stand watch during sea and anchor detail on the ship’s bridge during America’s scheduled arrival to Malaysia. America, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group, with embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is operating in the Indo-Asia Pacific region to strengthen partnerships and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ramon Go/Released)
America Arrives In Malaysia

MALAYSIA – The amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) arrived in Sepanger, Malaysia for a port visit to Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Malaysia’s Sabah state, Aug. 14.

Since America departed her homeport of San Diego in early July, she has steamed more than 9,500 miles across the Pacific, already making one scheduled port call in Singapore.

During the ship’s transit, the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Air Combat Element and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 flew 168 sorties to accomplish nearly 500 flight hours in just over a month’s time.

While in Kota Kinabalu, America Sailors and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Marines will have the opportunity to experience the culture, sightsee and take part in Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) events.

“This port visit gives America an opportunity to experience Malaysia’s culture, make new friends and build on our existing partnership," said Capt. Joseph Olson, America’s commanding officer. “Our Sailors look forward to participating in good-will activities and experiencing the local culture.”

After visiting Malaysia, America will continue training with allies and partners in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

“We have been working really hard to ensure we are a ready crisis response team for our nation, partners and allies,” said Col. Joseph Clearfield, the 15th MEU commanding officer. “Our time in Malaysia is exciting for us as it provides an opportunity for the Landing Force to conduct more training, time to rest, relax, and enjoy the rich history and culture of Malaysia.”

America, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group, with embarked 15th MEU, is operating in the Indo-Asia Pacific region to strengthen partnerships and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency.

For more information on America, visit: http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/AMERICA/Pages/default.aspx http://www.facebook.com/USSAMERICA For more information on CPR3, visit: http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/cpr3/Pages/default.aspx https://www.facebook.com/PHIBRON3/ For more information on 15th MEU, visit: www.facebook.com/15thmarineexpeditionaryunit www.twitter.com/15thmeuofficial www.dvidshub.net/unit/15thmarineexpeditionaryunit For more information on Amphibious Force U.S. 7th Fleet, visit: www.navy.mil/local/ctf76/ https://www.facebook.com/AmphibForceC7F/

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