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Kearsarge ARG Deploys Friday

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USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) in February. US Navy Photo

USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) in February. US Navy Photo

Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) will depart for a Middle East and the Mediterranean deployment on Friday, U.S. Fleet Forces told USNI News on Wednesday.

Ships included in the ARG are the USS Kearsarge (LHD-3), amphibious transport dock San Antonio (LPD-17) and amphibious dock landing ship Carter Hall (LSD-50).

The deployment was at one point planned to be deferred due to the sequestration and the Continuing Resolution battles in Congress, according to budget documents released by the service.

Instead, the Navy has reduced its carrier presence in U.S. Central Command and plans to pull frigates out of the U.S. Southern Command theater.

This week the Navy is likely to announce specifics on additional cancelled deployments.

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps typically deploy two ARG/MEUs a year, one from each coast.

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Sam LaGrone

About Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the USNI Online Editor at the U.S. Naval Institute.
He was formerly the U.S. Maritime Correspondent for the Washington D.C. bureau of Jane’s Defence Weekly and Jane’s Navy International. In his role he covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.
Sam is a 2003 graduate of Virginia Military Institute.