Rushmore relieves another Whidbey Island-class ship, USS Germantown (LSD 42), which departed Sasebo in September after more than a decade of FDNF service. Like Germantown, Rushmore is capable of embarking, launching, and recovering up to 500 Marines and their landing craft in support of expeditionary operations.
“Rushmore has a fantastic reputation and I am certain that the team will seamlessly pick up where Germantown left off,” said Capt. Greg Baker, commodore of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11. “Cmdr. Emily Royse brings a wealth of FDNF and Sasebo experience, and I am excited for her return to set an even higher bar of excellence as Rushmore operates with the ships, Sailors, and Marines of the America Expeditionary Strike Group.”
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