By Ensign Nora A. Hill, USS Green Bay Public Affairs
Aboard USS GREEN BAY,
(Oct. 16, 2010) — Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 1 and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducted PHIBRON-MEU Integrated Training (PMINT) with the Boxer Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG) off the coast of Southern California October 15-25. The ARG, consisting of USS Boxer (LHD 4), USS Comstock (LSD 45) and USS Green Bay (LPD 20), embarked more than 1,600 Marines in the week before the exercise.
PMINT brings the ARG-MEU team together for the first time during their pre-deployment work-up cycle. For many Marines and Sailors, this is their first chance to experience working as a blue-green team. The Marines must learn to adapt to shipboard life, including watertight hatches and mazelike passageways, while the Sailors have to adjust to a tripling of the number of people onboard.
Green Bay’s Executive Officer, Cmdr. Chuck Jones, described PMINT as an “eye-opening opportunity to get our ships and landing forces in sync and develop a good working relationship.”
The 10-day event has a schedule packed full of events that help both the Navy side and the Marine Corps side adjust to working together and giving each an appreciation of the work that goes into making blue-green events happen. Well deck operations, flight operations, and staff-level planning occur continuously across the ARG and the MEU.
USS Green Bay is the fourth San Antonio class amphibious transport dock and is homeported in San Diego, CA.