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Iwo Jima ARG, 26th MEU Arrives in Limassol
The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and components of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Limassol, Cyprus, March 19, 2018.
Nearly 2,500 embarked Sailors and Marines are visiting the Mediterranean nation during a regularly scheduled deployment that began Feb. 7, 2018. The visit is an opportunity for U.S. service members to meet the people of Limassol and experience their culture as the two nations work together towards a prosperous Europe.
"The Marines and Sailors of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit greatly anticipate our arrival in Cyprus. Engagements such as these strengthen bonds and enhance relationships between the U.S. and Cyprus. This port visit provides us with an opportunity to meet the people and experience the rich history and culture of Cyprus. The 26th MEU remains ready to respond to crisis and deter aggression on a moment's notice."
-Col. Farrell J. Sullivan
commanding officer of 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit
"While this port visit will be used for some much deserved rest and relaxation, these next few days also give the crew a chance to continue our international relations. We share the same views of maintaining safety and security of the world’s oceans and sea lanes. Through strengthened relationships, we can expect an increase in peace and prosperity throughout the region and work with our partners to maintain a safe, secure and prosperous European region and global security environment."
-Capt. Joseph O’Brien
commanding officer of Iwo Jima