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Bataan Visits Naval Station Rota
NAVAL STATION ROTA, Spain - The amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) and embarked Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived at Naval Station Rota, Spain, March 12, 2017.
Bataan is in port to receive supplies and conduct a refueling in preparation for supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, as well as to participate in bilateral training amphibious exercise (PHIBLEX) 2017, with Spain in Spanish territorial waters in the North Atlantic Ocean. The U.S. Navy has a long-standing relationship with Spain and routinely participates in exercises with Spanish maritime forces.
“USS Bataan pulled into Naval Station Rota, Spain, for a quick one-day stop to refuel, load parts and supplies, and collect mail. Our time here also provides our Sailors and Marines the opportunity to enjoy a little bit of liberty, gather some personal items, see the base, and enjoy Spain’s great climate.”
-USS Bataan Commanding Officer, Capt. Eric Pfister.
“We are excited to be here in Spain and to get to see a small portion of this beautiful country. We are looking forward to integrating with our Spanish military partners in the coming days to share ideas and conduct good hard training that will improve our skillsets and build lasting friendships.”
- Lt. Col. Todd Mahar, commanding officer, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment.