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USS Peleliu Departs San Diego for Western Pacific Deployment

17 June 2014

From Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

The amphibious assault ship got underway June 17 for a deployment that will include participation in exercise Rim of the Pacific followed by operations in U.S. 7th Fleet.

SAN DIEGO - The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) departed Naval Base San Diego June 17 for a deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.

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. PHIBRON 3 and a Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) will embark Peleliu with approximately 1,200 Marines and troops from partner nations.

Peleliu and its crew of nearly 1,050 Sailors provides deterrence, promotes peace and security, preserves freedom of the seas, and provides humanitarian/disaster relief.

U.S. 3rd Fleet leads Naval Forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the International Dateline.

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