The U.S, Navy’s Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (BAT ARG) and 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed a seven-month deployment Sept. 23, when their ships returned to Naval Station Norfolk and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.
In addition to amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5), the ARG also includes Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 8, amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD-50), amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19), Fleet Surgical Team 6, detachments from Assault Craft Unit 2 and 4, Beachmaster Unit 2, Tactical Air Control Squadron 21 and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26 Det. 1.
The BAT ARG and 24th MEU participated in bilateral and multilateral exercises including Spring Storm in Romania, Eager Lion in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Alligator Dagger in Djibouti. Each exercise provided an opportunity to work with partner nations, strengthening relationships across the globe.
To accomplish these missions the ARG traveled a total of 110,000 nautical miles, conducted more than 4,000 flight hours and completed 40 replenishments-at-sea during the course of the deployment.
The 24th MEU consists of a Command Element, a Ground Combat Element, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, an Aviation Combat Element, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 Reinforced and Combat Logistics Battalion 24. While deployed in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility, the BAT ARG/24 MEU team supported maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
While in the Middle East, the ARG/MEU (an integral component of Naval Amphibious Forces, Task Force 51 and 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade) also provided critical crisis response capabilities at sea, from the sea and ashore across the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command’s U.S. 5th Fleet’s area of responsibility.
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