DOD Announces Amphibious Ready Group Deployment

Story Number: NNS100813-18Release Date: 8/13/2010 5:49:00 PM
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From the Department of Defense

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Department of Defense announced Aug. 13 the deployment of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (KSG ARG) and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU).

The combined Navy and Marine Corps team will leave later this month to bring significant heavy- and medium-lift aircraft and other assets to support flood relief efforts in Pakistan. The Kearsarge ARG/26th MEU's capabilities will allow sailors and Marines to provide food, water, transportation, and other support, in partnership with the Pakistani military, to those in need.

The group is expected to arrive in the Arabian Sea in late September.

The KSG ARG is comprised of commander, Amphibious Squadron (CPR) 4, the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge, the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall and the amphibious transport dock ship USS Ponce.

The 26th MEU, based out of Camp Lejuene, N.C., consists of Battalion Landing Team 3/8, Combat Logistics Battalion 26, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 (Reinforced) and a command element.

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The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group lines up for a simulated strait transit.
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
July 23, 2010
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