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Bataan Amphbious Ready Group to return from almost nine-month cruise via @NavyTimes

Bataan Amphbious Ready Group to return from almost nine-month cruise via @NavyTimes

More than 4,000 sailors and Marines in the three-ship Bataan amphibious ready group are returning home. The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit began returning to Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, on Sunday and the three ships of the ARG — amphibious assault ship Bataan, amphibious transport dock Mesa Verde and dock landing ship Gunston Hall — were scheduled to return home to the Norfolk, Virginia, area on Friday. The Bataan ARG provided martime security and crisis response capabilities in 5th and 6th Fleets over an 8¾-month deployment that began Feb. 8. The ARG was extended three weeks in 5th Fleet after the president ordered airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. Though it exceeded the Navy’s new goal of seven-month deployments by almost two months, this deployment was a far cry from the Bataan’s record-setting, 322...

Full article: http://www.navytimes.com/article/20141029/NEWS/310290065/...

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