31 Aug '14, 6pm

Bataan Amphibious Ready Group extended in Middle East for three weeks.

Bataan Amphibious Ready Group extended in Middle East for three weeks.

View Photo Gallery » U.S. Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked on the dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall walk across the well deck to board a landing craft to transport them ashore in Djibouti for an exercise, April 15, 2014. Hendrick Simoes/Stars and Stripes Lightbox link Lightbox link MANAMA, Bahrain — The Bataan amphibious ready group will remain in the Middle East for three more weeks, Navy officials announced Saturday. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel ordered a 21-day extension for the ready group and its embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, the Navy said in a news release. The Norfolk, Va.-based Bataan amphibious ready group — composed of the USS Bataan, the USS Mesa Verde and the USS Gunston Hall — left home Feb. 8 on a regularly scheduled eight-month deployment. Much of the group’s time has been s...

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