Expeditionary Strike Group 2 Story Archive

TACRON 21 Holds Change of Command  (6 February 2015)
Cmdr. William C. Bushman transferred leadership of Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) 21 to Cmdr. John D. Shannon during a change of command ceremony held at Brashear Conference Center Feb. 6.
CNSL Visits USS Mesa Verde  (2 March 2015)
Rear Adm. Pete Gumataotao, commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic (CNSL) visited the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) while the ship is undergoing an extensive maintenance period Feb. 23.
Fire Aboard USS Gunston Hall   (3 March 2015)
Sailors aboard USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) and the Portsmouth, Virginia, Fire and Rescue Department responded to a fire aboard the amphibious dock landing ship at approximately 2 p.m. while the ship was undergoing a maintenance availability at NASSCO/Earl Industries shipyard in Portsmouth, Va.
USS Wasp Is Back In the Fight  (26 March 2015)
For various reasons, the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) has not deployed since 2004. But after a highly successful combat systems ship qualification trial (CSSQT), Wasp has sent a clear, concise, and concussive message to the fleet: She is back in the fight.
USS Fort McHenry Participates in Cold Response 2016  (4 March 2016)
USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), a Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship homeported in Mayport, Fla., is underway Mar. 3, participating in Exercise Cold Response 2016.
Dutch Navy Commodore Visits USS Fort McHenry During Cold Response 2016  (9 March 2016)
Dutch Commodore Rob Kramer visited Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) March 8 during Exercise Cold Response 2016 (CDR 16).
USS Fort McHenry Completes Exercise Cold Response 2016  (11 March 2016)
Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) departed the Fjords in Namsos, Norway, after a final gear recovery before wrapping up its participation in Exercise Cold Response 2016 (CDR 16) March 10.
Amphibious Construction Battalions Begin Building One-of-a-Kind Pier  (20 April 2016)
Seabees from Amphibious Construction Battalions 1 and 2 (PHIBCB 1/PHIBCB 2) along with support from Construction Battalion Maintenance Units 202 and 303 began construction on the Elevated Causeway System - Modular (ELCAS-M) at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Norfolk, April 17.
Amphibious Squadron 4 Holds Change of Command  (5 August 2016)
Capt. Kirk A. Weatherly relieved Capt. Augustus P. Bennett as commander, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 4 during a change of command ceremony at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Aug. 5.
Bataan, Mesa Verde, Carter Hall Deploy  (1 March 2017)
More than 4,000 Sailors and Marines serving in the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (BAT ARG) are scheduled to deploy soon.
USS Gunston Hall Deploys to Support Southern Seas 2018  (20 June 2018)
The Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) departed, June 18, from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Virginia, for a deployment to the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) area of responsibility (AOR) in support of Southern Seas 2018.

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