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USS America completes replenishment missions

27th July 2017 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The US Navy amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) has successfully completed its first connective replenishment (CONREP) and vertical replenishment (VERTREP) missions as part of its maiden deployment.

The supplies were provided by the Military Sealift Command's dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Matthew Perry .

During the CONREP, sailors refined their skills in bringing in supplies; while marines trained on the flight deck in receiving materials flown in by helicopters during the VERTREP. Seventy-five pallets of food and equipment were transferred during the mission.

Conducting these evolutions successfully is important to validate that the ship is fit to remain at sea for long periods of time without having to pull into port for fuel, food or equipment.

America is currently deployed as part of the America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), commanded by Amphibious Squadron 3. The group also consists of the amphibious transport dock USS San Diego and amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor. They are operating with forces of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), the Wildcards of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23 and detachments from Assault Craft Unit 5, Naval Beach Group 1, Beachmaster Unit 1, Fleet Surgical Team 1 and Tactical Air Control Squadron 11.

The ARG/MEU provides US and coalition forces with a flexible force that can rapidly respond to contingencies and crises within a region. With ships, aircraft, troops, and logistical equipment, the self-contained and self-sustained task force is capable of conducting everything from combat operations to providing humanitarian assistance.

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