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Peleliu ESG WESTPAC 06 Deployment
LHA-5 Peleliu
ex-Da Nang / ex-Khe Sanh
Pax Per Potens: "Peace Through Power"

In a test of their interoperability, about 200 Marines embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu and conducted amphibious training on and off the shores of Hawaii June 27-30, 2005. The training was conducted at military training beaches on the islands of Oahu and Kauai to help several platoons of the 3rd Amphibious Assault Battalion, 1st Marine Division, based at Camp Pendleton, Calif., prepare to deploy by the end of the year.

Four ships and about 3,500 Sailors and Marines of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3 successfully completed their ESG Integration Exercise (ESGINT) Nov. 18 off the coast of Southern California. ESGINT is the first of three at-sea training evolutions designed to prepare the strike group for its scheduled six-month Western Pacific deployment in support of the global war on terrorism in the spring. The exercises include evaluations of a series of complex and coordinated training events integrating the different units of ESG 3.

ESG 3 is comprised of Peleliu, Port Royal, Reuben James, the dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), the guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzales (DDG 66) with the crew of USS Laboon (DDG 58), the amphibious transport dock USS Ogden (LPD 5), the 11th MEU, TACRON 11,and the "Black Jacks" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21. Ogden and Laboon did not participate in the ESGINT. The next exercise is Composite Training Unit Exercise, a more advanced level, followed by Joint Task Force Exercise, which is the final battle problem.

Six ships and about 3,500 Sailors and Marines of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3 successfully completed their Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) Dec. 16 off the coast of Southern California. COMPTUEX is the second of three at-sea training evolutions designed to prepare the strike group for its scheduled six-month Western Pacific deployment in support of the global war on terrorism in the spring.

ESG 3 is comprised of COMPHINBRON 3, Peleliu, the guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73), the frigate USS Reuben James (FFG 57), the dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), the guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzales (DDG 66) with the crew of the guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) embarked, the amphibious transport dock USS Ogden (LPD 5), the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Tactical Air Control Squadron 11, and the "Black Jacks" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21. The guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) is not part of ESG 3 but participated in the place of Gonzales, which did not participate in the training. Peleliu completed its first work-up, ESG Integration Exercise (ESGINT), Nov. 18 and its second work-up, Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX), Dec. 16.

Six ships and about 3,500 Sailors and Marines of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3 started their Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) Jan. 13 off the coast of Southern California. JTFEX is the third of three at-sea training evolutions designed to prepare the strike group for its scheduled six-month Western Pacific deployment in support of the global war on terrorism in the spring.

Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3 is now certified to deploy in support of the global war on terrorism in February, after successfully completing its 14-day Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) Jan. 26 off the coast of Southern California. A team of evaluators from Strike Force Training, U.S. Pacific Fleet, embarked the strike group's flagship, USS Peleliu (LHA 5), and reported favorably on ESG 3's performance during the training to commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet.

Nearly 6,000 Sailors and Marines and six ships of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3 departed San Diego Feb. 15 for a six-month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism. The strike group completed their last training work-up, Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX), Jan. 26 and its two other required exercises, ESG Integration Exercise (ESGINT) and Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), late last year. Collectively, these exercises prepared the group for the difficult challenges that a deployment presents.

While in the Persian Gulf, ESG 3 conducted maritime security operations (MSO), which set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. MSO also deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.

Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3, Marine Brig. Gen. Carl Jensen, turned over command of Combined Task Force (CTF) 158 to Royal Australian Navy Commodore Peter Lockwood 23 June 2006. CTF 158 is responsible for maritime security operations (MSO) in the North Persian Gulf. This coalition force works with the Iraqi navy to protect key oil producing assets. MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the Persian Gulf and protect Iraq's sea-based infrastructure which provides the Iraqi people the opportunity for self-sustainment.

The Sailors and Marines assigned to Amphibious Squadron 3 and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC), supported operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom, and conducted maritime security operations (MSO) throughout the region. MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. These operations deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.

Six ships and nearly 5,000 Sailors and Marines assigned to the USS Peleliu (LHA 5) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) concluded operations in the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet area of operations, 09 July 2006. Since the amphibious assault ship Peleliu relieved USS Tarawa (LHA 1) in early April 2006, COMPHIBRON 3's flagship had completed more than 5,337 flight deck evolutions while in the region, with more than 585 hours in support of OIF. From Peleliu's deck, AV-8B Harriers assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 166 (Reinforced) also flew 268 missions into Iraq in support of ground units engaged in OIF - oftentimes flying more than 2,400 miles in one day.

The strike group also assisted fellow mariners out of a dire situation on their return to Pearl Harbor. Peleliu and the guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) changed course Aug. 4 to sail 105 nautical miles to assist the 110-ft. Pacific Laurel, which was heavily damaged and taking on water. In the middle of the night, Peleliu sent helicopters from HSC (Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron) 21 and rescued the sailors from very high seas and high winds.

Nearly 3,500 Sailors and Marines of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3 returned to San Diego 16 August 2006 following a six-month deployment to the western Pacific and the Persian Gulf. ESG 3 participated in maritime security operations, protected Iraqi oil platforms in the Persian Gulf and participated in various multinational exercises.

Numerous family members, friends and other supporters eagerly gathered at the base for the group's long-awaited come back. The returning ships included amphibious assault ship Peleliu, transport dock ship USS Ogden (LPD 5), and dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42). ESG 3 also included the guided-missile frigate USS Reuben James (FFG 57), guided-missile cruiser Port Royal, Amphibious Squadron 3, the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) 11, and the "Black Jacks" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21.

Chronology

    06 Jul 2006 - Arabian Sea
    15 Feb 2006 - Deployed
    13-26 Jan 2006 - JTFEX
    16 Dec 2005 - Completed COMPUTEX
    02 Aug 2005 - Pacific Ocean
    18-20 Jul 2005 - Completes Ammo Onload
    18 Jul 2005 - Pacific Ocean
    08 Jul 2005 - Pacific Ocean
    06 Jul 2005 - Port visit, Pearl Harbor
    21 Jun 2005 - Pacific Ocean
    15 Jun 2005 - Pacific Ocean
    02 Jun 2005 - San Diego
    09 Apr 2005 - Pacific Ocean
    18 Jan 2005 - Pacific Ocean
    01 Dec 2004 - Pacific Ocean
    13 Oct 2004 - Pacific Ocean
    12 May 2004 - Pacific Ocean
    ?? May 2004 - San Diego
    05 May 2004 - Pacific Ocean
    30 Apr 2004 - San Diego
    16 Apr 2004 - Pacific Ocean



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