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ACE embarks for Talisman Saber 07

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070603-12
Release Date: 6/3/2007 11:27:00 AM

By Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jhoan M. Montolio

USS ESSEX, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Essex (LHD 2) received the air combat element (ACE) aircrew and aircraft from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) for Talisman Saber 07 (TS 07) on May 22.

The 31st MEU ACE, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM-265) (Reinforced) will provide air assault and personnel transport, as well as perform aerial reconnaissance, while working with Australian sea, ground and air forces.

“We’ve been very successful in the past working together during various exercises,” said Marine Gunnery Sgt. Javier Jaramillo. “During this year’s Talisman Saber exercise, I’m sure we will do well.”

During the operation, Essex Combat Cargo department will direct the loading of troops and equipment on the 30 aircraft from the ACE.

“We’ve got a well seasoned crew,” said Marine Staff Sgt. Jose Alvarez. “But even with all of the experience, it takes a lot of coordination for us and the people working on the flight deck to get it all done.”

Combat cargo will not be the only department working hard to bring the ACE onboard. Essex Air Department will play a vital role in the operation and will be working hand in hand with the ACE.

“We are responsible for getting the ACE onboard safely and efficiently,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Handler 1st Class(AW) Kevin Johnson. “We’re looking forward to working with the ACE once again.”

Talisman Saber 07 (TS07) is a U.S. and Australian-led Joint Task Force operation preparing our militaries for crisis action planning and execution of contingency operations. Talisman Saber 07 is designed to maintain a high level of interoperability between U.S. and Australian forces, demonstrating their commitment to military alliance and regional security. The exercise also supports increased flexibility and readiness, which are force multipliers in winning the global war on terrorism.

Essex is the only forward-deployed U.S. amphibious assault ship and serves Task Force 76, the Navy’s only forward-deployed amphibious force. Task Force 76 is headquartered at White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan, with an operating detachment in Sasebo, Japan.

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