USS Denver, USS Tortuga Conduct Amphibious Training in the Yellow Sea
By U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs
YELLOW SEA – Sailors from USS Denver (LPD 9) and USS Tortuga (LSD 42) and Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducted training April 2 - 3 in waters west of the Korean peninsula.
While there, the ships and the MEU conducted flight operations, launched landing craft air cushions, and practiced shipboard visit, board, search and seizure techniques, all of which are routine operations and training events aboard amphibious ships in the Asia-Pacific.
“Routine and sustained operations in the maritime environment of the Korean Peninsula help us to maintain readiness, and familiarity with various operating areas and conditions,” said Rear Adm. Bill McQuilkin, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea and Task Force 78.
“These operations contribute to freedom of navigation and demonstrate our unwavering commitment to our allies in the region.”
Multiple unilateral operations conducted in tandem further develop cohesion amongst Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) crews, and interoperability between the ARG-MEU team. These operations also serve as a fulcrum for the U.S. forward presence to enhance stability and security in the region.
“It is important our amphibious forces remain proficient by practicing their skills in varying situations,” said Capt. Bradley Lee, commodore, Amphibious Squadron 11. “It helps increase our capabilities and our ability to rapidly respond during any potential crisis in the region.”
Commander, Task Force 78 is the senior U.S. naval commander on the Korean Peninsula, responsible for all naval operations in the Korea area of responsibility.
Denver and Tortuga are on patrol in the Asia-Pacific conducting amphibious operations, and are a part of the Essex ARG and Commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet.