|USS Tarawa Expeditionary Strike Group (photo courtesy of U.S. Navy)|
4:55 p.m. Guam - The island's economy will get a boost with the arrival of the USS Tarawa Expeditionary Structure Group(TAR ESG). With more than 1,400 sailors from seven vessels and the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), the group will enjoy some rest and relaxation and take part in some community projects while in Guam.
The group is composed of the amphibious assault ship Tarawa; Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) One; the transport dock ship USS Cleveland (LPD 7); the dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42); the guided-missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73); the guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70); and the guided-missile frigate USS Ingraham (FFG-61).
Also part of the group is the 11th MEU commanded by Col. John Bullard.
The group is heading west to provide support for the U.S. and coalition forces in Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. It will also set out toward the Horn of Africa to conduct maritime security operations.
- Pacific News Center - Guam, Saipan, CNMI, Asia-Pacific