– Amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay (LPD 20) departed its homeport of San Diego for her maiden deployment to the Western Pacific, Feb 22.
Green Bay is scheduled to spend the next several months performing various drills and operations while also visiting various ports in the Pacific and Indian Ocean regions.
“We’ve completed all of our training and now set sail westward for what I know will be exciting and challenging,” said Cdr. Kevin P. Meyers, Commanding Officer of Green Bay. “I can see the pride in the faces of my Sailors, especially the remaining plank owners who worked so hard to build this ship from the keel up.”
The crew of Green Bay has spent the last several months preparing for deployment. Countless flight hours and sea trials have been logged to get the ship ready for an extended leave of homeport.
“The Sailors aboard Green Bay underwent extensive training and certifications to prepare for this deployment,” said CMDCM Lee G. Bethel, Command Master Chief for USS Green Bay. “A lot of hard work and dedication are required from all of the Sailors and Marines aboard before the deployment ever starts.”
Many of the ship’s company Sailors were both excited and sad to leave for the ship’s first deployment.
“I’m going to miss my family a lot,” said Operations Specialist 2nd Class David Walton, the ship’s acting Command Career Counselor. “I’m looking forward to hitting the ports overseas, but mostly I hope the mission we are doing out here really means something. If we can help save lives while we are out here then being away from our families will be worth it.”
The primary role of Green Bay will be to transport Marines afloat and ashore to perform a wide range of missions, including humanitarian assistance operations, all supporting our maritime strategy.
“The Marines aboard are ready for deployment,” said Lcpl. Carlos Granados, a tank mechanic from Oakland, Calif. “Some of us are a little nervous, and most of us will miss our families, but we are here and we have a job to do so lets get it done.”
Embarked aboard Green Bay are Marines from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). The Green Bay is underway as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) led by Commander, Amphibious Squadron ONE (PHIBRON ONE) One, Capt. J. Curtis Shaub. The other ships in The ARG include USS Boxer (LHD 4) and USS Comstock (LSD 45).
Green Bay is scheduled to return to its homeport in San Diego later this year.
COMPHIBRON ONE (CPR 1)
USS BOXER (LHD 4)
USS GREEN BAY (LPD 20)
USS COMSTOCK (LSD 45)