Virginia Beach, Va. (NNS) -- Nearly 350 Sailors and Marines serving aboard the USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) will depart Joint Expeditionary Base-Little Creek, Aug. 4, for UNITAS.
The dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) and embarked Marines will report to Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet until entering the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility. Carter Hall will then report to U.S. Commander, U.S. 4th Fleet.
Carter Hall is scheduled to participate in UNITAS LX (60), hosted this year by Brazil, is an annual exercise comprised of both Atlantic and Amphibious phases. UNITAS, which is Latin for “unity,” was conceived in 1959, first executed in 1960 and has been held every year since. This year marks the 60th iteration of the world’s longest-running annual multinational maritime exercise. UNITAS develops and sustains relationships that improve the capacity of our emerging and enduring partners’ maritime forces to achieve common goals. This annual exercise fosters friendly, mutual cooperation and understanding between participating navies and Marine Corps.
Media interested in covering the departure Sunday, Aug. 4, should contact Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 2 Public Affairs at 757-462-1354 or 757-652-3457 no later than noon, Friday, Aug. 2, to arrange for an escort.
Media should be prepared to meet at the Joint Expeditionary Base-Little Creek pass and ID office at Gate 3 no later than 11:00 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 4.
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