Kearsarge on Station in Persian Gulf
Story Number: NNS050503-04
Release Date: 5/3/2005 11:28:00 AM
By Chief Journalist (SW/AW) Dave Nagle, USS Kearsarge Public Affairs
ABOARD USS KEARSARGE, At Sea (NNS) -- The multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) arrived on station in the Persian Gulf May 2.
Kearsarge, the command ship for the Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group, will serve as a sea base for the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and command ship for Commander, Task Force (CTF) 51, conducting maritime security operations (MSO) along with the amphibious transport dock USS Ponce (LPD 15) and dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48).
“Team Kearsarge is ready to carry out our mission, by working together with coalition forces to set the conditions for security and stability in the region and help provide the Iraqi people with the best opportunity for self-determination,” said Capt. Luke Parent, Kearsarge’s commanding officer.
MSO is aimed at setting the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment. MSO complements the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. MSO denies international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.
MSO missions include protecting and maintaining sea lanes of communication, Visit, Board, Search and Seizure operations, humanitarian assistance and combat operations.
In addition, multinational forces work directly with Iraqi maritime forces to prevent attacks against oil terminals that are significant sources of revenue for the Iraqi people – revenue that is important to the rebuilding of Iraq.
Kearsarge, along with the other ships in the Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group, left its homeport of Norfolk, Va., March 25 for its regularly scheduled deployment.
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