USS Denver departs Okinawa

USS Denver
Courtesy Story

Date: 03.01.2014
Posted: 03.01.2014 22:57
News ID: 121379

By Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Todd C. Behrman, Amphibious Squadron 11 Public Affairs<br /> <br /> OKINAWA, Japan - The forward-deployed amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9) departed Okinawa, Japan, Feb. 27 after embarking Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).<br /> <br /> Denver and the 31st MEU, which consist of ground command, air and combat support elements, are scheduled to conduct joint force operations and training including amphibious integration training (AIT) and a certification exercise (CERTEX) in the 7th Fleet area of operations. <br /> <br /> “We are thrilled to be working alongside the crew of the USS Denver,” said Gunnery Sgt. Brian D. Baker, Company F gunnery sgt., Battalion Landing Team (BLT) Second Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st MEU. “The working relationship has been excellent and we are excited to combine our capabilities during the upcoming deployment.” <br /> <br /> During the port visit Sailors participated in two cultural exchange events with members of the local community. These events gave Sailors from Denver and embarked Sailors from Naval Beach Unit 7 the chance to visit and interact with local schoolchildren, play games and dance to traditional music.<br /> <br /> “It was important to help further a positive image of the U.S. Navy for local Japanese residents in Okinawa and at large in support of the whole U.S.-Japan alliance,” said Lt. Robert Spivey, Denver’s Chaplain. <br /> <br /> Additionally, Sailors also had the opportunity to take an MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) sponsored tour to the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, the third largest aquarium in the world. <br /> <br /> Denver is assigned to the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group. This is Denver’s last scheduled deployment, as the ship is slated for decommissioning later this year.