NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — More than 4,500 Sailors and Marines are scheduled to deploy early next week.
U.S. Navy officials said the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are set to leave for a seven-month deployment on Dec. 17.
The Kearsarge group consists of the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), USS Arlington (LPD 24), USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), Fleet Surgical Team (FST) 2 and FST 8, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26, Tactical Air Control Squadron 21, components of Naval Beach Group 2 and the embarked staff of Amphibious Squadron 6.
The group’s namesake ship and the Arlington are homeported at Naval Station Norfolk. Meanwhile, the Fort McHenry is homeported at Naval Station Mayport.
The MEU is stationed at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.