USS Peleliu Participates in Amphibious Exercise PHIBLEX
Amphibious warships are critical components of the nation’s commitment to strengthening relationships with allies through a range of operations from disaster relief to complex, expeditionary operations. U.S. Navy amphibious warship USS Peleliu (LHA 5), flagship of the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group (PELESG), with embarked Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are currently participating in the Philippines-U.S. Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2015 to do just that.
PHIBLEX, which is scheduled to last through October 10, is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by U.S. Navy and Marine forces with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the Philippine islands of Palawan and Luzon. 
During the exercise, U.S. and Philippine forces will collaborate in various exercises, including field training, civil-military operations, and humanitarian and civic assistance projects. The Navy and Marine Corps will also work to strengthen relationships with the Philippine forces through a range of operations including disaster relief and complex expeditionary operations.  
Following the ship’s involvement in PHIBLEX, USS Peleliu, with the 31st MEU, will participate in a Certification Exercise (CERTEX), which will give the embarked Marines the opportunity to conduct advanced amphibious operations, including beach landings and joint flight operations.  
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USS Peleliu Participates in Amphibious Exercise PHIBLEX

Amphibious warships are critical components of the nation’s commitment to strengthening relationships with allies through a range of operations from disaster relief to complex, expeditionary operations. U.S. Navy amphibious warship USS Peleliu (LHA 5), flagship of the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group (PELESG), with embarked Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are currently participating in the Philippines-U.S. Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2015 to do just that.

PHIBLEX, which is scheduled to last through October 10, is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by U.S. Navy and Marine forces with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the Philippine islands of Palawan and Luzon. 

During the exercise, U.S. and Philippine forces will collaborate in various exercises, including field training, civil-military operations, and humanitarian and civic assistance projects. The Navy and Marine Corps will also work to strengthen relationships with the Philippine forces through a range of operations including disaster relief and complex expeditionary operations.  

Following the ship’s involvement in PHIBLEX, USS Peleliu, with the 31st MEU, will participate in a Certification Exercise (CERTEX), which will give the embarked Marines the opportunity to conduct advanced amphibious operations, including beach landings and joint flight operations.  

“The ship will not only be able to deliver the capability of the Joint Strike Fighter but will also be able to provide a response capability. This ship is going to surprise a lot of people with its ability to bring forward aviation assets.”                          - Capt. Robert Hall, Commanding Officer of USS America
USS America (LHA 6), the first in a series of 11 planned America-class amphibs for the Navy, recently arrived in her home port in San Diego, California. Designed for survivability with increased aviation capacity, America deployed with more than 300 Marines assigned to the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) around South America on her maiden transit.
America is the first ship in the U.S. Navy’s latest class of amphibious warships, replacing the Tarawa-class ships, and has an enhanced aviation capacity capable of accommodating a range of aircraft — including MV-22 Ospreys and the F-35B Short-Take-Off-and-Landing Joint Strike Fighter. 
While USS America transited around South America as part of her mission to strengthen relationships with South American allies, the crew was also preparing the ship for the soon to be delivered F-35B Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.
USS America will remain at her home port until the formal commissioning ceremony to take place in San Francisco on October 11.
Read more about America’s aviation capabilities: http://bit.ly/XMFo1g
Learn more about America’s arrival in San Diego: http://1.usa.gov/1s8WUux
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“The ship will not only be able to deliver the capability of the Joint Strike Fighter but will also be able to provide a response capability. This ship is going to surprise a lot of people with its ability to bring forward aviation assets.”                          - Capt. Robert Hall, Commanding Officer of USS America

USS America (LHA 6), the first in a series of 11 planned America-class amphibs for the Navy, recently arrived in her home port in San Diego, California. Designed for survivability with increased aviation capacity, America deployed with more than 300 Marines assigned to the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) around South America on her maiden transit.

America is the first ship in the U.S. Navy’s latest class of amphibious warships, replacing the Tarawa-class ships, and has an enhanced aviation capacity capable of accommodating a range of aircraft — including MV-22 Ospreys and the F-35B Short-Take-Off-and-Landing Joint Strike Fighter. 

While USS America transited around South America as part of her mission to strengthen relationships with South American allies, the crew was also preparing the ship for the soon to be delivered F-35B Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.

USS America will remain at her home port until the formal commissioning ceremony to take place in San Francisco on October 11.

Read more about America’s aviation capabilities: http://bit.ly/XMFo1g

Learn more about America’s arrival in San Diego: http://1.usa.gov/1s8WUux

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Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 3rd Class Kyle Daggett observes aboard an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter as it transports cargo to the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island during a vertical replenishment-at-sea (VERTREP).
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Naval Air Crewman (Helicopter) 3rd Class Kyle Daggett observes aboard an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter as it transports cargo to the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island during a vertical replenishment-at-sea (VERTREP).

Amphibious Warships that Honor the Sacrifices of September 11th
On the 13th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, we remember the lives lost and the heroic response of the many who since have made great sacrifices to protect our freedom and security.
We commemorate three U.S. Navy LPD 17 San Antonio-class amphibious warships designed and built in honor of the heroes and victims of that day: 
USS New York (LPD 21) named to honor the heroes and victims of the attack on the World Trade Center, commissioned in November 2009; 
USS Arlington (LPD 24) named for the site of the attack on the Pentagon and honoring the first responders who rushed to rescue victims, commissioned in April 2012; and 
 USS Somerset (LPD 25) named in honor of the courageous passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 and the site of the plane’s crash, commissioned in March 2013.

Read what the Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert believes, “Warfighting First, Operate Forward and Be Ready” means to the commanders and crew of USS New York (LPD 21), USS Arlington (LPD 24), and USS Somerset (LPD 25): http://1.usa.gov/1smUQwT

Watch a video from the Smithsonian on USS New York (LPD 21). 

Amphibious Warships that Honor the Sacrifices of September 11th

On the 13th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, we remember the lives lost and the heroic response of the many who since have made great sacrifices to protect our freedom and security.

We commemorate three U.S. Navy LPD 17 San Antonio-class amphibious warships designed and built in honor of the heroes and victims of that day: 

  • USS New York (LPD 21) named to honor the heroes and victims of the attack on the World Trade Center, commissioned in November 2009; 
  • USS Arlington (LPD 24) named for the site of the attack on the Pentagon and honoring the first responders who rushed to rescue victims, commissioned in April 2012; and 
  •  USS Somerset (LPD 25) named in honor of the courageous passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 and the site of the plane’s crash, commissioned in March 2013.

Read what the Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert believes, “Warfighting First, Operate Forward and Be Ready” means to the commanders and crew of USS New York (LPD 21), USS Arlington (LPD 24), and USS Somerset (LPD 25): http://1.usa.gov/1smUQwT

Watch a video from the Smithsonian on USS New York (LPD 21)