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Kearsarge ARG Deploys

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USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) pulls away from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story on March, 11 2013. US Navy Photo

USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) pulls away from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story on March, 11 2013. US Navy Photo

Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group left Monday for a Middle East and Mediterranean deployment, the Navy announced.

The more than 4,000 sailors and Marines from the ARG and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit left from Naval Station Norfolk, Va., Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va. and Camp Lejeune, N.C.

The ARG, composed of USS Kearsarge (LHD-3), amphibious transport dock San Antonio (LPD-17) and amphibious dock landing ship Carter Hall (LSD-50), was delayed by rough weather and heavy seas over the weekend, U.S. Fleet Forces Command told USNI News.

The deployment was at one time a target for cancellation due to the ongoing budget battle over military spending in Congress.