PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) returned to Hawaii Aug. 29 for their first U.S. port visit in six months.
New Orleans, part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), left its home port of San Diego Feb. 12 and deployed to the U.S. 3rd, 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operations (AOO) with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).
"The crew of New Orleans performed superbly across a broad spectrum of vital, real-world operations over the course of this deployment," said Capt. Glenn R. Jamison, commanding officer of New Orleans. "Despite a highly dynamic operating environment, the absolute professionalism, ingenuity and expertise of our Blue-Green team was showcased daily and delivered success."
While on deployment, New Orleans participated in Exercise Ssang Yong, conducted numerous theater security support and maritime security operations and visited ports in five different countries across Asia and the Middle-East.
The ship traveled 50,000 nautical miles, conducted 1,852 aircraft launches and recoveries during 500 hours of flight operations, and transferred 504 tons of mail and cargo on over 1,700 pallets during 15 underway replenishments.
In addition, New Orleans and Sailors from Assault Craft Unit 5 conducted 310 hours of amphibious operations and transferred 258 loads of troops and cargo between the ship and shore using landing craft, air cushion. New Orleans' air department also helped qualify 104 pilots during deck landing qualifications.
While in Pearl Harbor, New Orleans will embark over 50 family members and friends for a tiger cruise which will afford them the opportunity to observe shipboard operations.
"The crew is thrilled to be back in the United States, and a port call in Hawaii is always a great way to kick off the final leg of our return home," said Jamison. "It also provides us the opportunity to embark Tigers-friends and family who will journey back home with us, and see first-hand how we do business. It is a fantastic experience for both the Tigers and for the crew who get to show off the ship and what we can do."
New Orleans, part of the Boxer ARG, with amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4), amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and the embarked 13th MEU, is operating in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations.
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