By Pacific Island Times News Staff
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
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.
"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)