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Release No: 725-10
August 13, 2010

DOD Announces Amphibious Ready Group Deployment

            The Department of Defense announced today the deployment of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (KSG ARG) and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU).

            The combined Navy and Marine Corps team will leave later this month to bring significant heavy- and medium-lift aircraft and other assets to support flood relief efforts in Pakistan. The Kearsarge ARG/26th MEU’s capabilities will allow sailors and Marines to provide food, water, transportation, and other support, in partnership with the Pakistani military, to those in need.

            The group is expected to arrive in the Arabian Sea in late September.

            The KSG ARG is comprised of commander, Amphibious Squadron FOUR (CPR-4), the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge, the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall and the amphibious transport dock ship USS Ponce.

            The 26th MEU, based out of Camp Lejuene, N.C., consists of Battalion Landing Team 3/8, Combat Logistics Battalion 26, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266 (Reinforced) and a command element.

           For information on the supporting units for this deployment, please contact Expeditionary Strike Group Two public affairs at 757-462-1282 or 26th MEU Public Affairs at 910-546-2540.

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