CAM RANH INTERNATIONAL PORT, Vietnam (August 11, 2017) – The U.S. Navy’s USS San Diego (LPD 22) departed the Cam Ranh International Port on Aug. 11 after a routine technical stop.
The San Diego, an amphibious transport dock capable of carrying Marines and their equipment, has been at sea conducting training and operations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region since departing its homeport of San Diego in early July.
“After being out to sea for so long, it was great to have the chance to stop in Cam Ranh for a short visit,” said Lt. j.g. Daniel Alden, the training officer aboard San Diego. “Sailors and Marines aboard San Diego are lucky to be able to experience a culture much different from what they are used to.”
Sailors and Marines aboard the San Diego were given the opportunity to venture into the area of Nha Trang and experience places such as the Tri Nguyen Aquarium and the scenic beaches.
“I had a great time going out in Nha Trang,” said Seaman Stephen Robertson, assigned to the Deck Department aboard San Diego. “Through Morale, Welfare and Recreation, I was able to go snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of a lagoon and experience Cam Ranh in a way I never thought I would. I really had fun and enjoyed my experience here. “
The San Diego will continue training with allies and partners in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations as part of a regularly scheduled deployment.
Commissioned in 2012, San Diego is the sixth ship in the San Antonio-class of amphibious landing transport dock ships. Designed as a multi-mission amphibious warship, these ships are able to support a broad range of expeditionary operations. The ship’s namesake comes from the city of San Diego which has a long mutual history with the U.S. Navy and is the fourth vessel to bear the name.
The America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) provide senior U.S. military leadership and partners with a flexible force which can rapidly respond to contingencies and crises within a region. With ships, aircraft, troops, and logistical equipment, the ARG/MEU is a self-contained and self-sustained task force capable of conducting a wide range of military operations including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
The America ARG, led by Commander, Amphibious Squadron 3, consists of the San diego, the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52). They will operate with embarked forces of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, the “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23, and detachments from Assault Craft Unit 5, Naval Beach Group 1, Beachmaster Unit 1, Fleet Surgical Team 1 and Tactical Air Control Squadron 11.
The 15th MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force comprised of a ground combat element, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 5th Marines; an aviation combat element, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (Reinforced); a combat logistics element, Combat Logistics Battalion 15.
The 7th Fleet’s area of operation spans more than 124 million square kilometers, stretching from the International Date Line to the India/Pakistan border; and from the Kuril Islands in the North to the Antarctic in the South.
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