Essex Arrives in Phuket


Story Number: NNS190124-06Release Date: 1/24/2019 10:56:00 AM
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By MC2 William Phillips, ESSEX Public Affairs, Fleet Activities Essex Public Affairs

PHUKET, Thailand (NNS) -- The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Phuket, Thailand Jan. 24 for a port visit.

After almost five weeks at sea, the port visit was a chance for Sailors and Marines to relax and enjoy Thailand's culture, cuisine and tropical beaches while fostering relationships between the two nations.

"Our Sailors and Marines have been working tirelessly throughout the deployment, and this port visit gives them a chance to relax and strengthen the bonds between the U.S. and Thailand through firsthand cultural experiences and exchanges," said Capt. Brian Mutty, commanding officer of USS Essex. "We all understand that we are here to make an impression but also to enjoy our time in Phuket experiencing a different culture than what most of us are used to.”

The Sailors and Marines of the ESSEX Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) will strengthen ties while hosting members of the Royal Thai Navy during a ship tour aboard Essex. The Royal Thai navy sailors will visit the ship’s flight deck, well deck, bridge and the medical department to learn how Essex operates.

Essex and the 13th MEU are deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation to support regional stability, reassure partners and allies and maintain a presence postured to respond to any crisis ranging from humanitarian assistance to contingency operations.

For more news from USS Essex (LSD 47), visit www.navy.mil/local/lhd2/ and https://www.facebook.com/USSESSEX/.

For more information on 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, find them on Facebook at Facebook.com/13thMEUView/ or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/official13thmeu.

For more information, visit www.navy.mil, www.facebook.com/usnavy, or www.twitter.com/usnavy.

 
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Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) sets anchor off the coast of Phuket, Thailand while on a deployment of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).
190123-N-AN781-1064 PHUCKET, Thailand (Jan. 23, 2019) Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) sets anchor off the coast of Phuket, Thailand while on a deployment of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). The Essex ARG/13th MEU is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation to support regional stability, reassure partners and allies and maintain a presence postured to respond to any crisis ranging from humanitarian assistance to contingency operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Phillips)
January 24, 2019
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