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Bataan Visits Naval Station Rota

March 13, 2017 at 2:23 PM UTC
Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Mutis Capizzi

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.

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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.

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“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.

Quick Facts: 
PHIBLEX is being conducted in order to enhance interoperability between Spanish and U.S. amphibious forces and to sustain tactical skillsets of U.S. 6th Fleet forces.
During the exercise, Spanish amphibious forces will be integrated with U.S. amphibious forces to conduct various training exercises to include AV-8 Harrier operations.
The Bataan ARG is comprised of Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 8, the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) and amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50). Also embarked on the Bataan ARG are Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26, Fleet Surgical Team 6, Tactical Air Control Squadron 21, Assault Craft Unit 4, and Beachmaster Unit 2.
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.
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 and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
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