The U.S. Navy’s Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) will depart Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEBLC-FS), Virginia Beach to serve in the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) on Feb. 9.
The ship will join with USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and USS New York (LPD 19) to conduct a scheduled six-month deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation, while also providing a forward naval presence in Europe and the Middle East.
Oak Hill will embark components of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) off the coast of North Carolina. 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.
Components of Fleet Surgical Team (FST) 4 and FST-8, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 28, Tactical Air Control Squadron 22, Naval Beach Group 2 and the staff of Amphibious Squadron 4 make up the Iwo Jima ARG. Approximately 4,500 Sailors and Marines will deploy with the ships and squadrons of the Iwo Jima ARG.
The Iwo Jima ARG is capable of performing expeditionary operations on remote shores in support of national policy. Other capabilities include rendering humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR), promoting maritime security, rescuing distressed mariners, evacuating non-combatant Americans and exercising with partner nations to promote theater security cooperation.
USS Iwo Jima and USS New York departed Naval Station Mayport, Florida, Feb. 7.
Expeditionary Strike Group 2