Makin Island Amphibious makes brief stop on Guam for provisions



Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived at U.S. Naval Base Guam for a brief stop for provisions and personnel, April

18.


During the port visit, eligible sailors of the Makin Island ARG ships and

embarked Marines will be allowed liberty to access select facilities onboard

the Navy base.


Base liberty is authorized in addition to food, beverage, Wi-Fi and

recreational amenities made available pier side by the Navy base's Morale, Welfare, and Recreation staff.


Sailors and marines assigned to Makin Island ARG will not be permitted to

depart NBG. While on base liberty, sailors and marines will still be

required to follow all Covid-19 mitigations such as wearing masks, ensuring

proper hygiene, and maintaining social distancing where appropriate.


The visit enhances safe liberty options for 7th Fleet ships based on the

most current Department of the Navy and Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention Covid-19 mitigations and guidance.


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"We are thankful to allow our crews this opportunity to have some downtime

off the ships to reconnect with loved ones and enjoy time with peers outside

of the workspace," said Capt. Stewart Bateshansky, commodore, Makin Island

ARG. "Our hardworking Sailors and Marines are truly deserving of all the

liberty we can get them. The support we have received from Joint Region

Marianas, and the team here, has been exceptional."


USS Makin Island (LHD 8), flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready

Group is operating with USS Somerset (LPD 25), USS San Diego (LPD 22), and

the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of

operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific Region. (JRM)