Saipan Expeditionary Strike Group MED 00 Deployment
Omnius Fasimus: "We Do It All"
In 1999 and early to mid-2000, the Saipan took part in extensive sea trials for the engineering and manufacturing, development (EMD) MV-22 aircraft.
The Saipan deployed July 11, 2000. In September, the SAIPAN ARG and 26 MEU(SOC) conducted Exercise Atlas Hinge at Cap Serrat, Tunisia. The bilateral exercise offered the ARG/MEU team its first opportunity to conduct an opposed transit and landing since pre-deployment work-ups. Following Atlas Hinge, the SAIPAN ARG demonstrated its ability to operate in a split configuration for September's Croatian PHIBLEX, in which AUSTIN joined forces with the Croatian military to carry out a combined air and surface assault, while SAIPAN and ASHLAND performed Adriatic presence operations.
The ARG remained in split configuration throughout much of October, with ASHLAND joining AUSTIN for the early phases of the multi-national amphibious Exercise Destined Glory, while SAIPAN conducted presence operations in the Eastern Mediterranean. SAIPAN joined the final phases of Destined Glory allowing the entire ARG to participate in the final amphibious assault at Doganbey, Turkey. The exercise schedule concluded in November with Slunj 2000, another bilateral training exercise with Croatia. While the primary focus of the exercise was to provide the MEU with the opportunity for Unit Level live fire and maneuver training, the ARG conducted an opposed transit of the Adriatic Sea en route to the offload site against forces from the GEORGE WASHINGTON Carrier Battle Group and the Croatian Navy.
The SAIPAN ARG made port calls throughout the Mediterranean, including visits in Spain (Tarragona, Almeria, Malaga, and Palma de Mallorca), France (Cannes), Italy (La Spezia, Livorno, Civitavecchia, Gaeta, Naples, Catania, and Trieste), Greece (Souda Bay), Malta (Valetta), Croatia (Dubrovnik, Split, and Rijeka), and Slovenia (Koper).
The Saipan returned from its 2000 deployment on 19 December 2000.
Dec 2000 - returns to Norfolk
Jul 2000 - deploys for MARG 3-00
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