USS PEARL HARBOR, At Sea - - Dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) departed San Diego on Nov. 14, carrying nearly 300 Sailors and 400 Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU), for a regularly scheduled deployment.
Pearl Harbor joined the rest of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), which consists of amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), and Pearl Harbor.
Pearl Harbor completed certification exercise (CERTEX) on Oct. 14, proving the ship and crew are ready to take on the challenges of a deployment.
“The Sailors and Marines aboard have proven through their training that they are more than capable of taking the watch and defending our nation and allies anywhere in the world,” said Pearl Harbor Commanding Officer Cmdr. Homer Denius.
Denius stressed the importance of the mission of the Makin Island ARG and the key role Pearl Harbor plays in that mission.
“This ship and her crew are critical to the mission of supporting the Navy’s maritime strategy,” said Denius. “We are forward deployed so that we can help promote peace and security, preserve freedom of the seas, provide deterrence and support nations with humanitarian relief.”
Pearl Harbor Executive Officer Cmdr. Michael Harris said he was impressed by the crew during the ship’s training cycle and he is eager to see them in action.
“The Pearl Harbor crew and the Marines aboard are some of the most professional I’ve seen in my career,” said Harris. “Our family and friends back home should be proud of all they’ve accomplished and sleep soundly knowing that they are on the job.”