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USS Peleliu, Camp Pendleton Marines To Deploy Monday

USS Peleliu
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Above: USS Peleliu

Three ships and expeditionary Marines will from Camp Pendleton will deploy Monday to the Middle East and Western Pacific, the Navy said today.

The Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group is led by the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu, commanded by Capt. Mark Sakaguchi.

The force also includes the amphibious transport dock USS Green Bay, dock landing ship USS Rushmore, and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Also deploying will be elements of Fleet Surgical Team 1, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23, Assault Craft Units 1 and 5, and Beach Master Unit 1.

Their departure comes amid heightened tensions in the Middle East in which the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and Encinitas resident Glen Doherty were killed amid demonstrations in Benghazi over a film that protesters believe blasphemes the Prophet Muhammad. Also, rumblings of a possible Israel strike on Iranian nuclear sites have increased.

The 4,000 sailors and Marines who will be deploying recently completed nine months of training, according to the Navy.

The Peleliu returned from its most recent deployment in December 2010, and the Rushmore did so in April of that year. The Green Bay's most recent deployment ended almost a year ago.

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Avatar for user 'osorio_m93'

osorio_m93 | September 18, 2012 at 10:25 p.m. ― 1 year, 12 months ago

My brother is one of the Marines on that ship. These coming months are going to feel like an eternity. God bless him and all the other men in the service. Waiting for their safe return.

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AliciaRay | September 19, 2012 at 6:04 a.m. ― 1 year, 12 months ago

My cousin has also been employed, he's a Navy guy. We're praying for all of their safe returns!! Good luck to all of them! Be safe.

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wpimental | December 8, 2012 at 4:15 p.m. ― 1 year, 9 months ago

My son is a Sargent in the Marine unit on this ship....Godspeed my son and fellow Marines and sailors...

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