The U.S. Navy’s San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) and embarked Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) arrived in Gaeta, Italy, April 21, 2018, for a scheduled port visit to enhance U.S.-Italy relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous Europe.
As part of New York’s regularly-scheduled deployment, the Navy-Marine Corps team provides a forward naval presence in U.S. 6th Fleet that supports maritime security operations, crisis response and theater security cooperation in European, African, and Middle Eastern theaters.
“The Sailors and Marines of New York, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Assault Craft Unit 4, and Fleet Surgical Team 4 (FST) are thrilled at the opportunity to visit Gaeta. Gaeta enjoys a special relationship with the U.S. Navy and our visit allows us to strengthen our partnerships with Italy, with whom we work with to maintain safety and security of the world’s oceans and sea lanes. We look forward to experiencing the rich history and culture of Gaeta and will continue to work with our partners collectively to enhance regional stability”, said Capt. Brent Devore, Commanding Officer of USS New York
“The Marines and Sailors of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked aboard USS New York look forward to our upcoming port visit in Gaeta. Through engagements like these, the U.S. and our Italian partners continue to grow and develop our longstanding and prosperous relationship. While our focus remains on maintaining a constant state of readiness while in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, this port visit will allow the Marines and Sailors to experience the rich Italian culture here in Gaeta”, said Marine Lt. Col. Christopher Timothy, Executive Officer of the 26th MEU.
Sailors and Marines from New York are scheduled to volunteer at the World War II Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial to prepare it for an American Memorial Day celebration concert.
Strengthening alliances and partnerships during port visits demonstrates the shared commitment to promote safety and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance our interoperability with our Italian partners.
New York and the embarked 26th MEU departed Mayport, Florida, Feb. 7, 2018, for its regularly scheduled deployment as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG). New York has approximately 400 Sailors and embarks approximately 700 Marines from the 26th MEU.
New York is part of the Iwo Jima ARG, which embarks the 26th MEU and includes the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), New York, the Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), FST 4 and 8, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28, Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) 22, components of Naval Beach Group 2 and the embarked staff of commander, Amphibious Squadron 4.
The 26th MEU is comprised of approximately 2,500 Marines and Sailors, and includes a command element, ground combat element, aviation combat element and logistics combat element.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.