DARWIN, Australia – Amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9), with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in Darwin, Australia, Sept. 3, for the second time in less than two weeks.
Denver’s first visit to Darwin was a working port visit where the crew conducted an offload of a large part of the 31st MEU and their equipment as they prepared to start Exercise Koolendong at the Bradshaw Field Training Area (BFTA).
This visit follows another working port visit in Dili, Timor-Leste, but this time Darwin will be primarily a liberty port for the crew. Sailors and Marines will have an opportunity to participate in community service projects and enjoy some much earned personal time.
“It’s going to be good. I’m excited.” said Lance Cpl. Dillon Nichols, assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 31, attached to the 31st MEU. “I want to eat something that’s not ship food, hang out and walk around on dry land.”
Denver is on patrol with the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, commanded by Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11, and is currently participating in Exercise Koolendong with the 31st MEU.