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    USS Carter Hall Departs Plymouth, England



    Story by Seaman Sawyer Connally 

    Amphibious Squadron Four

    PLYMOUTH, England –The Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), operating as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Readiness Group (IWOARG), departed Plymouth, England after a maintenance and logistics visit, April 26, 2021.

    After transiting the Atlantic Ocean from its homeport in Norfolk, Carter Hall stopped in Plymouth for a routine maintenance stop, where the ship received supplies, parts and food stores.

    "Our time in Plymouth has been beneficial on many fronts,” said Cmdr. LaDonna Simpson, Carter Hall’s commanding officer. “Regularly scheduled maintenance ensures USS Carter Hall is in the highest state of readiness possible to carry out our assigned missions. For the crew, time and opportunity to depart the ship, eat local foods and play a friendly game of soccer amongst the crew boosts morale and allows us to recharge before resuming our mission.”

    Carter Hall will continue its deployment in the Atlantic Ocean with the IWOARG in support of naval operations to maintain maritime stability and security in order to ensure access, deter aggression, and defend U.S., allied, and partner interests.

    “We are extremely grateful for the hospitality and maintenance support shown by Plymouth,” said Simpson. “Renewing regional partnerships as often as possible strengthens our commitments to one another and reassures both sides of mutual support going forward."

    The combined IWOARG and 24th MEU have roughly 4,300 Sailors and Marines. The ARG-MEU is deployed to SIXTHFLT in support of regional NATO Allies and partners as well as U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.

    The IWOARG consists of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), Carter Hall and the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17). Embarked detachments for the Iwo Jima ARG include Amphibious Squadron Four, Fleet Surgical Team (FST) Six, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26, Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) 21, Naval Beach Group (NBG) Two, Beach Master Unit (BMU) Two, Assault Craft Unit (ACU) Two and Four, and Sailors from Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) Two.

    The 24th MEU mission is to provide the United States with a forward-deployed, amphibious force-in-readiness capable of executing missions across the full spectrum of combat and military operations other than war, and consists of four basic elements, the Command Element, Ground Combat Element, Air Combat Element and the Logistics Combat Element. The unit consists of a ground combat element, Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 1/8, a logistics combat element, Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 24, and an aviation combat element, Marine Medium Tilt-Rotor Squadron (VMM) 162 Reinforced.
    U.S. Sixth 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.

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    Date Taken: 04.26.2021
    Date Posted: 04.28.2021 14:18
    Story ID: 395032
    Location: PLY, GB

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