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USS San Antonio Visits Naval Station Rota

July 8, 2016 at 7:57 AM UTC
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adam Austin, USS San Antonio Public Affairs

ROTA, Spain – The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) pulled in to Naval Station Rota for a scheduled port visit July 8.

San Antonio is deployed as part of the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) to conduct maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.

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“On behalf of the Sailors[BBPCUCN1]  and Marines on San Antonio, we look forward to joining our partners in the region and welcome the opportunity to work together to advance the combined interests of the U.S. and our regional partners to ensure global security and stability,”

-Capt. Mike Patterson, commanding officer, USS San Antonio.

Quick Facts: 
This marks the first scheduled port visit for the San Antonio since departing Naval Station Norfolk on June 25.
The Wasp ARG consists of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41), and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU). Also embarked are Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22 (HSC 22), Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 264 (VMM 264), and Assault Craft Unit 4 (ACU 4).
The San Antonio is the first ship of its class, capable of integrating Naval and Marine forces in a joint, multi-mission platform capable of projecting power over land and sea.
U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

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