Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group to Return from Deployment

Story Number: NNS121214-06Release Date: 12/14/2012 2:40:00 PM
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From U.S. Fleet Forces Command Public Affairs

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- 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."

For news regarding IWO ARG's deployment, visit http://www.cpr8.navy.mil/ or http://www.iwo-jima.navy.mil/.

For more news from U.S. Fleet Forces Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/clf/.

12/20/2012 10:46:00 AM
I was wandering why I haven't heard from my son, now I know :-) :-) Welcome home son :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) You better call me ASAP Love and this is great:-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

12/18/2012 11:33:00 PM
Land Ho! Welcome home! Thank you for your service!

12/18/2012 2:34:00 PM
Welcome home sailors and Marines. We are very proud of you. Do enjoy your homecoming. I'm certain your family and friends are eager to have you home. Best wishes for the holiday season.

12/17/2012 11:06:00 PM
Welcome Back Gunston Hall. Thank you everyone for your service. May you and your friends and families have a wonderful holiday. Merry Christmas!

12/17/2012 4:17:00 PM
Hope you have a great holiday! Bon voyage.

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The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) leads a formation of ships.
121210-N-QM601-167 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 10, 2012) The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), left, the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) and the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) transit the Atlantic Ocean. Iwo Jima, the flagship of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU), is currently deployed to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Scott Youngblood/Released)
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