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US Navy vessel docks at Cam Ranh

Released at: 11:40, 09/08/2017

US Navy vessel docks at Cam Ranh

Photo: The US Embassy

USS San Diego arrived at port on August 6 for routine technical stop.

by My Van

The bolstering of the Vietnam-US comprehensive partnership through the strengthening of civilian and military ties was again on display as the US Navy’s USS San Diego (LPD 22) arrived at Cam Ranh International Port on August 6 for a routine technical stop and for the crew to have an opportunity to experience the nearby coastal city of Nha Trang.

The San Diego, an amphibious transport dock capable of carrying Marines and their equipment, has been at sea conducting training in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region over the past several weeks since departing its homeport of San Diego in early July.

“This is the first opportunity for some of our sailors to fulfill one of those ambitions for why many people join the US Navy - to see the world,” said Captain Pete Collins, commanding officer of the San Diego. “Sailors and Marines will have the opportunity to make an impression by being solid US ambassadors while also seeing what’s new and enjoying their time by seeing different cultures and different places.”

Sailors and Marines aboard the San Diego will have the chance to participate in recreational activities in Nha Trang and surrounding areas, including snorkeling excursions and temple visits.

“They will have the opportunity of a lifetime to explore Vietnam and learn about its rich culture and heritage through our Morale, Welfare and Recreation tours,” said Lt. Alexandra Sibilla, the Fun Boss aboard the San Diego. “They will be able to visit the seaside resort town of Nha Trang with its beautiful beaches and delicious restaurants or the countryside with its local markets and temples. Most of our crew have never traveled to this area of the world and this port visit will give them the chance to expand their horizons while building positive relations with local Vietnamese residents.”

After stopping in Cam Ranh, the San Diego will continue training with allies and partners in the US 7th Fleet area of operations.

Commissioned in 2012, the San Diego is the sixth ship in the San Antonio-class of amphibious landing transport dock ships. Designed as a multi-mission amphibious warship, these ships are able to support a broad range of expeditionary operations. The ship’s namesake comes from the city of San Diego, which has a long mutual history with the US Navy, and is the fourth vessel to bear the name.

The America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) provide senior US military leadership and partners with a flexible force that can rapidly respond to contingencies and crises within a region. With ships, aircraft, troops, and logistical equipment, the ARG/MEU is a self-contained and self-sustained task force capable of conducting a wide range of military operations including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

The America ARG, led by Commander, Amphibious Squadron 3, consists of the San Diego, the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52). They will operate with embarked forces of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, the “Wildcards” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23, and detachments from Assault Craft Unit 5, Naval Beach Group 1, Beachmaster Unit 1, Fleet Surgical Team 1, and Tactical Air Control Squadron 11.

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