Kearsarge ARG Completes Suez Transit, Enters 5th Fleet


Story Number: NNS130408-03Release Date: 4/8/2013 8:10:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Special 1st Class Chad V. Pritt

RED SEA (NNS) -- The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed a scheduled transit of the Suez Canal and entered the Red Sea, April 5.

Dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) led amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), flagship of the group, and amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) through the 673-foot wide channel.

Commodore Brad Skillman, commander of the Kearsarge ARG, said the transit was conducted as part of the group's regularly scheduled deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.

"This group of Sailors and Marines conducted a textbook transit," said Skillman. "The overall objective was to conduct a safe evolution and I am very happy with the end result."

Sailors aboard Kearsarge took the opportunity to view the coastline of Egypt as the ship transited the canal.

"It was interesting to see all of the multi-national shipping traffic," said Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Edward Hurley, a native of Lexington, N.C. "But it's always challenging, operationally. I felt proud to maintain a long-lived naval tradition by transiting the canal."

The Suez Canal is a 120-mile long artificial channel connecting the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. Its narrow width limits traffic to one-way travel at any given time, with only two points wide enough to allow passing.

Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

For more news from Navy Public Affairs Support Element, Norfolk, visit www.navy.mil/local/pacennorfolk/.

STORY COMMENTS8 COMMENTS
4/15/2013 7:21:00 PM
My husband is a civilian contractor on board the Kearsarge. He retired from the Navy in 2003 and I was enlisted untill 1999. It is nice to have an idea and see where the ship is and what is going on onboard without compromising ship's security. When we in the Navy, no one ever knew anything about the ship except for when we hit ports. Now thanks to new technology. I think it's a big morale booster for the families and friends back home to see and have an idea what their loved ones are doing.

4/11/2013 10:59:00 AM
GOD bless all the Sailors/Marines and THANKS so much for all you do for the USA!! A shout out to Seaman MGW.

4/11/2013 9:08:00 AM
Your Grand Parents are real Proud of You Matt! We hope all is well for You and ALL on The Kearsarge the rest of the Ships in the Group! I'm sure it's been quite an experience. Pictures and news have been very nice. Bless You all and thank You for what You do!

4/9/2013 3:34:00 PM
Good job ARG! Important work you are doing for us. Thank you and Godspeed!

4/9/2013 11:08:00 AM
As the mother of a very fine Sailor aboard the Kearsarge, I feel very fortunate to receive these updates. In addition, I am extremely proud that my son is a member of such a fine group of Sailors and Marines performing at such an outstanding level. May God bless each and every one of you!

4/9/2013 8:11:00 AM
Congratulations my Sailor Man Spencer Man! I'm soooo proud of you--now go get 'em!! LOVE, MOM

4/8/2013 9:53:00 PM
I'm glad to see the ship I served on, the mighty K, (1958 USS Kerasarge CVA 33 helicopter squadron 1) out there still. I sure enjoyed the time I sailed with her.

4/8/2013 4:30:00 PM
My son is the chief disburser onboard the Kearsarge. This is his first deployment on a Navy vessel and I'm quite certain he is enjoying being aboard. As a mother of a Marine deployed to the Middle East, it is most comforting that you are keeping family and friends informed as to where the ARG is and what its doing. I truely appreciate all the posts of pictures and information!!! Sincere regards to all aboard the Kearsarge.

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Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) lower the ensign while anchoring in the Suez Canal.
130405-N-XJ788-021 SUEZ CANAL (April 5, 2013) Quartermaster 3rd Class Steven Kotsokalis and Master-at-Arms Luke Gray, both assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), lower the ensign while anchoring in the Suez Canal. Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Travis M. DiPerna/Released)
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