Okinawa, Japan – The crew of the Lewis B. Puller Class Expeditionary Staging Base, USS Miguel Keith (ESB 5), greeted Navy personnel from Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7, and Marines from III Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) and subordinate commands while anchored at Naval Station White Beach, Okinawa.
Service members were led throughout the ship to familiarize themselves with the platform while discussing its capabilities and upcoming operational opportunities, such as aircraft deck landing qualifications, command possibilities and control and exercises with partners and allies.
“Our crew is delighted to operate in the Indo-Pacific region, we remain focused and ready to take on any challenges or tasks that come our way,” said Captain Troy Fendrick, commanding officer of USS Miguel Keith. “We look forward to operating with our Navy counterparts to improve naval integration and focus on how our forces can be more effective in combat, together.”
The integration between the Blue and Green teams at the unit level, while exploring interoperability between Sailors and Marines on the BSE, highlights the value and supportive capability that the platform brings to the Indo-Pacific region as well as the Naval Expeditionary Force (NEF).
While visiting the ship, Rear Admiral Chris Engdahl, Commander of Expeditionary Group 7, expressed his enthusiasm to immediately put Miguel Keith to work in this dynamic region.
“We have demonstrated the capabilities of this class of ships as they operate globally in support of US combat commanders. As a forward staging base afloat, the platform has executed joint bilateral aviation exercises and operations, counter-piracy and visitation, boarding, search and seizure operations, and served as an embarkation platform for mine action and continued operations.
“The USS Miguel Keith provides the capability to ensure a presence in areas where the United States has no land footprint, as well as to support humanitarian assistance / disaster response missions as required,” Engdahl said. “With its first deployment to the 7th Fleet, we intend to expand the capabilities of the ship and its crew as we integrate Sailors and Marines alongside joint forces, partners and allies to l support for a free and open Indo-Pacific region. “
Operating as part of Amphibious Squadron 11, Miguel Keith is on her first deployment to the Indo-Pacific and brings to the commander of ESG7 a wide range of military capabilities to enhance theater littoral warfare operations.
Expeditionary Strike Group 7, is deployed to the front of the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility to enhance interoperability with allies and partners, and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region .
|Date posted:||07/10/2021 02:35|
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