USS Peleliu (LHA 5)
Decommissioned March 31, 2015
USS Peleliu Arrives in 7th Fleet Area of Operations
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ryan Batchelder, USS Peleliu Public Affairs
PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) arrived in the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR) after participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise, Aug. 9.

Peleliu is expected to carry out various operations in support of the nation's maritime strategy, providing presence in the 7th Fleet AOR while promoting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

"[Peleliu is] ready to support pre-planned, existing operations and exercises that support theater security cooperation across the region in addition to being prepared to respond to any contingency that may arise," said Capt. Paul C. Spedero, Peleliu's commanding officer.

Peleliu's crew has undergone multiple training evolutions including air and well deck operations. They also conducted various damage control and engineering drills while participating in RIMPAC 2014 to prepare themselves for operation within 7th fleet.

The 7th Fleet's AOR encompasses more than 48 million square miles from the Kurile Islands, north of Japan, to the Antarctic in the south. And from the International Date Line to the 68th meridian east, which runs down from the India-Pakistan border.
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