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USS Peleliu departs for western Pacific deployment

The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) is scheduled to depart Naval Base San Diego June 17 for a deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).

Peleliu will participate in exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), a large multinational naval exercise, as the command ship for the expeditionary strike group. Following RIMPAC, Peleliu will conduct a scheduled deployment to the 7th Fleet AOR as part of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11.

"Peleliu is ready for all assigned missions and any possible mission that could arise," said Capt. Paul C. Spedero Jr., Peleliu's commanding officer. "While forward deployed, we are prepared to handle contingencies that may arise from conducting operations to supporting humanitarian assistance/disaster response or delivering combat power ashore, when necessary."

During RIMPAC Royal Australian Navy Commodore Peter Leavy will command the amphibious task force. Amphibious Squadron 3 and a Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) will embark Peleliu with approximately 1,200 Marines and troops from partner nations.

The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) transits the Pacific Ocean in 2013 with the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20), middle, and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47). Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy

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