On April 23, the LHD (Landing Helicopter Dock) USS Iwo Jima docked at the naval base in Rota (Cádiz). (LHD 7) Carry out repairs and rest periods for the crew of the United States Navy or the US Navy and for members of the United States Marine Corps (USMC), which have a total of around 2,500 employees
The LHD USS? Iwo Jima? The Wasp-class USS is currently heading the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (IWOARG), which the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit or the United States Marine Corps (USMC) or the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarks. This vital amphibious force is currently operating with NATO allies and partners on the orders of the U.S. Navy’s Sixth Fleet or the U.S. Navy responsible for air-naval operations in Europe and Africa, although this is the case on this operational cruise is was on the orders of the Second Fleet.
During this layover, mid-deployment voyage repair (MDVR) repairs will be carried out after having operated and deployed in the southern waters of the UK with the armed forces of that country for the past few weeks became their aircraft, as was the case with the Bell / Boeing MV-22B Osprey previously reported by
The maintenance visit of the ?? Iwo Jima ?? It comes after more than two months of continuous navigational operations, including a pre-deployment exercise, transatlantic transit and interoperability exercises with the aforementioned fleets and the United Kingdom’s armed forces. “Interoperability and support with partner countries are critical to sustainable operations at sea,” said USS Iwo Jima commanding officer, Capt.David Loo. • There are maintenance and repair items that only become visible when the ship is put into operation. The MDVR gives us the opportunity to make these repairs early and continue our mission at full capacity. The crew can also take time out from their watch duties to rest and refresh.
According to the U.S. Navy, the IWOARG operates in the Atlantic in support of naval operations to ensure the stability and safety of maritime traffic, to ensure access, deter aggression and defend the interests of the United States, its allies and partners. The IWOARG also consists of the USS Iwo Jima, the Harpers Ferry-class landing ship USS Carter Hall. (LSD 50) and the amphibious transport ship USS ?? San Antonio ?? (LPD 17), while the total number of embarked human troops adds up to 4,300 members of the US Navy and USMC.
The 24th MEU’s mission is to provide the United States with an advanced amphibious force ready to carry out missions across the spectrum of combat and non-war military operations. It consists of four basic elements: the command element and the ground combat element. the aerial combat element and the logistical combat element. The unit consists of a ground combat element reinforced by the 1/8 Landing Battalion or Battalion Landing Team (BLT), a logistic combat element, the Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 24 and a combat element Aerial or Marine Medium Tilt-Rotor Squadron (VMM) 162. This last unit of the USMC, based at the Marine Air Station of New River, North Carolina, operates the Bell / Boeing MV-22B Osprey convertiplane, although it has been appropriately strengthened for use with helicopters and Boeing aircraft AV-8B Plus Harrier II. (Julio Maíz Sanz)
Photography: the amphibian ship? Iwo Jima? (LHD 7) in the last phase of docking in the port of Rota. (U.S. Navy photo)
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