FREMANTLE, Australia (NNS) – The amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) arrived in Fremantle, Australia on June 25.
Sailors and Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are visiting the city in preparation for the biennial military training exercise Talisman Sabre 2015.
The exercise sponsored by the U.S. Pacific Command and Australian Defense Force Headquarters Joint Operations Command will include maritime training designed to strengthen international military relationships.
“This provides Green Bay Sailors and 31st MEU Marines the opportunity to take their skills to the next level,” said Capt. Kristy D. McCallum, commanding officer of Green Bay. “We have already demonstrated our ability to come together as a team and excel at the MEU mission set. Talisman Sabre not only provides the challenge of a new area of operations, but also the opportunity to exercise alongside U.S. partners and to integrate into a larger force”
While on liberty in Fremantle, Green Bay’s Sailors and Marines will have the opportunity to explore the local area, try local cuisine and experience Australian culture.
“Green Bay has been running hard for the past year and the crew has excelled through certifications, inspections, and exercises,” said McCallum. “This port visit provides an opportunity for some rest and relaxation and to explore and enjoy Western Australia. The crew knows how lucky they are to be able to represent the Navy and the U.S. and I have no doubt they will accomplish their 'liberty' mission with the same professionalism. “
Green Bay is assigned to the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group and is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.