4,500 sailors, Marines to deploy Monday

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USS Essex

SAN DIEGO — The ships, sailors and Marines of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit will depart San Diego Monday for deployment, the Navy announced Friday.

The group is composed of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex, the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore and the amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage, which is embarking upon its maiden deployment.

“The Essex ARG/MEU has conducted a robust training cycle and has become a stronger Navy-Marine Corps team, successfully completing every evolution and certifying with flying colors,” said Capt. Clint Carroll, commander of Amphibious Squadron Three. “The sailors and Marines exemplify the hard work, dedication and unit cohesion necessary for a successful deployment. I am confident we are prepared to face any challenge and meet all missions.”

After leaving, the 4,500 sailors and Marines will take part in a U.S. Pacific Fleet training exercise near Hawaii, and then head off for regular operations, according to the Navy.

The Essex, named after a county in Massachusetts, is deploying for the first time since it was transferred three years ago to San Diego from its former base in Japan.

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  • Kellyann

    So much for OPSEC & deployment dates. Thank you Navy for keeping the safety of my Marine son a priority. SMDH!!!

  • Chris Stroud

    Ummm…those things aren’t “secrets” and never have been. Jeeze…civilians…”smh”…
    It’s a little hard to hide the movements of an ARG. Moving a city of 10,000 people doesn’t happen quietly, without fanfare, or notice. We don’t get on the ships in civilian clothes under the cover of darkness you zeros.

    • Gary

      Just because they don’t know how everything in military works doesn’t give YOU the right to be such a terd. A concerned parent has the right to be paranoid. Ass hole.

  • Stokely

    Yea they don’t say anything about deployment length or dates. The article itself really has as much information as provided with the name of this article.

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