PACIFIC OCEAN -- Commander Task Force (CTF) 51 Marine Maj. Gen. Carl E. Mundy III visited the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) February 25-26.
While aboard, Mundy met with Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) leadership and outlined his expectations for the ARG/MEU team during an all-hands call on the flight deck.
“I want you to be responsive to higher order,” Mundy said. “Things happen very quickly, and I also want you to think and operate as a team; you are not going to be isolated.”
Mundy’s task force is responsible for command and control of amphibious forces to include response, assistance and relief in the 5th fleet Area of Responsibility. During his remarks to the Sailors and Marines he advised them to use this time at sea to mentally prepare, physically train and be ready for the challenges ahead.
He ended his visit by saying, “We will be excellent when we pull the trigger. I am 100% confident you will be ready when the time comes.”
Essex is underway conducting an Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON)/MEU Integration (PMINT) training exercise, which is designed to bring the ARG/MEU team together for the first time during a deployment cycle.
The Essex ARG consists of Essex, Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23), 15th MEU, PHIBRON THREE, Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) ELEVEN, and Naval Beach Group (NBG) ONE comprised of Assault Craft Unit (ACU) FIVE, ACU ONE and Beachmaster Unit ONE.