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Bataan Makes Port Call to Valencia, Spain

March 17, 2017 at 6:01 PM UTC
Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Nicholas Cottone, USS Bataan Public Affairs

VALENCIA, Spain -- The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group flagship, USS Bataan (LHD 5) arrived in Valencia, Spain, for a scheduled port visit March 17, 2017.

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The port visit serves to enhance U.S.-Spain relations as the two nations work together for a stable, secure and prosperous Europe.

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"Understanding each other as people is equally important to understanding each other as a military force. Our Sailors and Marines worked hard the last few months in preparation for operations in the 6th Fleet region as well as other areas we may be directed to operate. This port visit offers a tremendous opportunity for them to experience Spanish culture and to tour Valencia, a city with a rich history.”

- Capt. Eric Pfister, Commanding Officer, USS Bataan (LHD 5)

Quick Facts: 
While in port, Bataan Sailors and Marines will participate in local cultural tours of the areas organized by the ship's Morale, Welfare and Recreation program.
The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group entered the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operation on March 7, and is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in Europe.
The Bataan ARG/MEU team departed the U.S. on March 1, 2017 and is comprised of Commander, Amphibious Squadron 8, the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), and embarked Marines from the 24th MEU.
The 24th MEU consists of more than 2,200 Marines, including a Ground Combat Element, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (Reinforced), and Combat Logistics Battalion 24 and the MEU command element. The 24th MEU spent 26 weeks training in mission areas such as security operations, humanitarian relief, and amphibious raids.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint and interagency partners in order to advance U.S. national interests, security and stability in Europe and Africa.
For more information, visit http://www.bataan.navy.mil