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USA: IWO ARG to Return from Deployment

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USA: IWO ARG to Return from Deployment View post tag: Naval Nearly 2,000 Sailors aboard the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (IWO ARG) are scheduled to return to their homeports Dec. 18th and 20th following a regularly scheduled deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleets areas of responsibility.The dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) will return to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story Dec. 18.USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), the IWO ARG flagship, commanded by Capt. Grady Banister, and USS New York (LPD 21) will return to Naval Station Norfolk Dec. 20.This marks the completion of the first deployment for USS New York.Sailors and Marines assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, commanded by Col. Frank Donovan, will offload in Morehead City, N.C., prior to the ships arriving in Norfolk.“The hard work and dedication demonstrated by the IWO ARG’s Sailors and Marines exceeded expectations,” said Capt. Arturo Garcia, IWO ARG commander. “The flexibility of the crews’ response to national tasking in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts is a testament to the capability and flexibility of amphibious forces. I also want to recognize and thank our families for their dedication and sacrifice on the homefront. It is their support that sustains us during deployments and allows us to respond to our nation’s tasking.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 16, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: ARG View post tag: Return USA: IWO ARG to Return from Deployment December 16, 2012center_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Deployment Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Iwolast_img read more