USS Pearl Harbor Passes CERTEX 
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Behnke, USS Pearl Harbor Public Affairs  
SAN DIEGO - Dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) successfully completed certification exercise (CERTEX) and pulled back into San Diego Oct. 14.

Pearl Harbor worked with the rest of the Makin Island Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG) and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) to complete CERTEX. The Makin Island ARG consists of amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), and Pearl Harbor.

"This was a great opportunity for the crew to exercise all of the capabilities of USS Pearl Harbor," said Pearl Harbor Commanding Officer Cmdr. Homer Denius. "It was the first time we have fully integrated with the ARG and MEU and we were successful across all areas."

The integration made for an intense two weeks of training for all involved.

Denius said the Sailors and Marines aboard Pearl Harbor did an impressive job in readying the ship for deployment and proving their professionalism.

"We completed landings in support of humanitarian assistance drills, mass casualty response, noncombat evacuation operations and a full ARG/MEU amphibious assault," said Denius.

The ship's crew spent countless hours bringing aboard ammunition. In addition, they completed an underway replenishment on the last full day out to sea, making the ship ready to go for its upcoming scheduled deployment.
US Navy Recruiting | No Fear Act | FOIA | USA.gov | US Navy | US Marine Corps | Navy Reserves | Individual Augmentee | Veterans Crisis Line | Vote This is an official United States Navy Website. This US Government system is subject to monitoring. Please read our Privacy Policy and Section 508/Accessibility Statement.

The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the United States Department of Defense, or the United States Department of the Navy of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. For other than authorized activities such as military exchanges and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) sites, the United States Department of Defense, the Department of the Navy  does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. Such links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of this DoD web site.

Share