27 Feb '14, 4pm

USS Denver departs Okinawa, Japan port visit during final deployment

OKINAWA, Japan (NNS) -- 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). Denver and the 31st MEU, which consists 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. "We are thrilled to be working alongside the crew of the USS Denver," said Gunnery Sgt. Brian D. Baker, Company F gunnery sergeant, Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st MEU. "The working relationship has been excellent and we are excited to combine our capabilities during the upcoming deployment." During the port visit Sailors participated in two cultural exchange events with...

Full article: http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=79371

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