Bataan Amphibious Ready Group Transits Strait of Hormuz

The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducted a routine transit through the Strait of Hormuz into the Arabian Gulf on April 3.

The Bataan ARG consists of Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) and Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51). The U.S. Marine Corps’ 26th MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) supported by three major subordinate elements – the Ground Combat Element, Aviation Combat Element and Logistics Combat Element.

The ARG was also joined by Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) and Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12).

The Bataan ARG/26th MEU is operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations to reassure allies and partners, and preserve freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region. The Bataan ARG/26th MEU previously operated in the Arabian Gulf Feb.12-27.

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), left, and guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) transit the Strait of Hormuz ahead of the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) April 3, 2020. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Gary Jayne III)

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