In early 2020 as the world started to learn of a potentially contagious new illness now known as COVID-19, the ships of the USS America (LHA 6) strike group with embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), operating under the command of ESG 7, were deployed at sea conducting operations in the Indo-Pacific region. Since then, the strike group Sailors and Marines, benefitting from the expertise of an infectious disease doctor, have followed strict guidelines and remained COVID-free throughout three deployments, with no active COVID-19 cases at sea.
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