Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group returns to San Diego

23 May 2021

From U.S. 3rd Fleet Public Affairs

USS Makin Island (LHD 8), USS San Diego (LPD 22) and USS Somerset (LPD 25) returned home following a seven-month deployment.
The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) returns to its homeport of Naval Base San Diego.
Family members wait to greet their Sailors as USS Makin Island (LHD 8) returned to San Diego, May 23. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Natalie M. Byers)
The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) returns to its homeport of Naval Base San Diego.
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Family members wait to greet their Sailors as USS Makin Island (LHD 8) returned to San Diego, May 23. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Natalie M. Byers)
Photo By: Petty Officer 2nd Class Natalie Byers
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SAN DIEGO - USS Makin Island (LHD 8), USS San Diego (LPD 22) and USS Somerset (LPD 25) returned to port at Naval Base San Diego, May 23, concluding a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th Fleet areas of operation.

Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), embarked aboard the ships of the ready group, arrived off the coast of Southern California, May 21, to disembark at Camp Pendleton, California.

“I am so excited to be able to welcome home the Makin Island Amphibious Readiness Group and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit to San Diego,” said Rear Adm. Philip Sobeck, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 3. “These ships were deployed during an unprecedented pandemic and demonstrated the ability of the Navy and Marine Corps team to fight through to do the mission. I am so incredibly proud of each and every one of them and their families for their service and their sacrifice.”

The Makin Island ARG is comprised of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island, and amphibious transport dock ships USS San Diego and USS Somerset, and led by Commander, Amphibious Squadron THREE. The 15th MEU consists of the Command Element; the Aviation Combat Element, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 164 (Reinforced); the Ground Combat Element, Battalion Landing Team 1/4; and the Logistics Combat Element, Combat Logistics Battalion 15.

The ARG-MEU team departed November 10, after completing a pre-deployment sequester and back-to-back at-sea exercises in October.

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Cord Fraizer greets his family.
210523-N-WY048-1281 Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Cord Fraizer greets his family following USS Somerset’s (LPD 25) return. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Hector Carrera)
SLIDESHOW | 6 images | 210523-N-WY048-1281 Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Cord Fraizer greets his family following USS Somerset’s (LPD 25) return. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Hector Carrera)
SAN DIEGO (May 23, 2021) Amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) returns to Naval Base San Diego. Makin Island, lead ship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, returned to Naval Base San Diego May 23 after a deployment to U.S. 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th Fleets where they served as a crisis-response force for combatant commanders in the Africa, Central and Indo-Pacific Commands. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Natalie M. Byers)
210523-N-ZZ513-1019 Sailors man the rails aboard USS Makin Island (LHD 8). (U.S. Navy/MC2 Natalie M. Byers)
SLIDESHOW | 6 images | 210523-N-ZZ513-1019 Sailors man the rails aboard USS Makin Island (LHD 8). (U.S. Navy/MC2 Natalie M. Byers)
Sailors return to San Diego.
210523-N-WY048-1223 Sailors depart USS Somerset (LPD 25) following the ship's return to Naval Base San Diego. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Hector Carrera)
SLIDESHOW | 6 images | 210523-N-WY048-1223 Sailors depart USS Somerset (LPD 25) following the ship's return to Naval Base San Diego. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Hector Carrera)
SAN DIEGO (May 23, 2021) Amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) returns to homeport of Naval Base San Diego. San Diego, a part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group returned to Naval Base San Diego May 23 after a deployment to U.S. 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th Fleets where they served as a crisis-response force for combatant commanders in the Africa, Central and Indo-Pacific Commands. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew F. Jackson)
210523-N-ML755-1063 USS San Diego (LPD 22) approaches the pier at Naval Base San Diego. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Matthew F. Jackson)
SLIDESHOW | 6 images | 210523-N-ML755-1063 USS San Diego (LPD 22) approaches the pier at Naval Base San Diego. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Matthew F. Jackson)
SAN DIEGO (May 23, 2021) Amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) returns to Naval Base San Diego. Makin Island, lead ship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, returned to Naval Base San Diego May 23rd after a deployment to U.S. 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th Fleets where they served as a crisis-response force for combatant commanders in the Africa, Central and Indo-Pacific Commands. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Robert S. Price/Released)
210523-N-FQ994-1019 USS Makin Island (LHD 8) enters San Diego Bay. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Robert S. Price)
SLIDESHOW | 6 images | 210523-N-FQ994-1019 USS Makin Island (LHD 8) enters San Diego Bay. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Robert S. Price)
SAN DIEGO (May 23, 2021) Amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) returns to its homeport Naval Base San Diego. Somerset, a part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, returned to Naval Base San Diego May 23rd after a deployment to U.S. 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th Fleets where they served as a crisis-response force for combatant commanders in the Africa, Central and Indo-Pacific Commands. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Robert S. Price/Released)
210523-N-FQ994-1033 USS Somerset (LPD 25) returns home to San Diego. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Robert S. Price)
SLIDESHOW | 6 images | 210523-N-FQ994-1033 USS Somerset (LPD 25) returns home to San Diego. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Robert S. Price)

The ARG-MEU conducted more than 10,000 hours of flight operations, 6,800 launch and recoveries, and traveled more than 135,000 nautical miles of open ocean and restricted water transits.

The Makin Island ARG and 15th MEU provided numbered fleet and combatant commanders with a responsive, flexible and forward-deployed asset capable of maritime power projection, contingency operations and crisis response. Their capabilities enabled the shaping the operational environment to protect the United States and allied interests in any threat environment.

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