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U.S. 6th Fleet Participates in Spring Storm 2018

March 8, 2018 at 3:49 PM UTC
Ensign Cody Keim

Sailors and Marines assigned to the Harpers Ferry-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) began participation in the Romanian-led bilateral exercise Spring Storm 2018, March 8, in the Black Sea, to strengthen U.S.-Romania naval interoperability and combat proficiency.

U.S. participation in this exercise enhances relationships with our Black Sea allies and demonstrates our commitment to collective defense of the Black Sea region.


"The Sailors and Marines of USS Oak Hill are honored to have been selected to participate in an exercise of this magnitude and importance with our Romanian allies in the Black Sea."

-Cmdr. Philip Knight
commanding officer of Oak Hill


"The Marines and Sailors of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit are excited to train alongside our Romanian allies in a challenging, bi-lateral training exercise that provides us the venue to collectively increase our amphibious combat capability, and keep our blade sharp for the fight.  By working alongside our allies, we learn from one another, share evolving tactics, techniques, and procedures, and cultivate relationships that enable us to more effectively respond to crisis and to thrive, should we find ourselves in the chaos of combat together."

-U.S. Marine Maj. Breck Perry
executive officer, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 26th MEU

Quick Facts: 
Spring Storm 2018 will take place in the Black Sea, in the vicinity of Constanta, Romania, March 8, 2018.
Oak Hill departed Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Feb. 9, 2018, to begin its scheduled deployment as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).
The Iwo Jima ARG is made up of Commander Amphibious Squadron 4, the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21), and Oak Hill.
The 26th MEU is comprised of a Command Element, the Ground Combat Element, the Aviation Combat Element (ACE), and the Logistics Combat Element.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.