Kearsarge Departs for Deployment


Story Number: NNS181218-07Release Date: 12/18/2018 8:54:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dana D. Legg, USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines attached to the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and components of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) deployed Dec. 17.

Kearsarge is the flagship of the Kearsarge amphibious ready group, which consists of Amphibious Squadron 6, the 22nd MEU, the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24), the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), as well as Kearsarge.

Kearsarge’s commanding officer, Capt. Jason Rimmer, said he is confident the ARG is ready to take on the deployment’s challenges.

"Kearsarge has spent the last four months focused on combat readiness and tactical skills,” said Rimmer. “The Kearsarge crew performed across all areas during a number of underway rehearsals and cemented their reputation as who a team that demonstrates the utmost in integrity, trust and grit. Although each of us will bid a sentimental farewell to family and friends, we sail with a confidence built on proficiency and stand ready to take the watch, maintain freedom of the seas and deter aggression."

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Friends and family members watch as the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) prepares to depart Naval Station Norfolk for a deployment.
181217-N-BY095-0171 NORFOLK (Dec. 17, 2018) Friends and family members watch as the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) prepares to depart Naval Station Norfolk for a deployment. Kearsarge is deploying as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group in support of maritime security operations, crisis response and theater security cooperation, while also providing a forward naval presence. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maria I. Alvarez/Released)
December 18, 2018
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