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As commanders of Amphibious Squadron 1 and 11th MEU (SOC), respectively, Phillips and Hagee led the next Navy and Marine Corps team to implement the precepts of "...
Since August 2008, Lake Champlain has been assigned as the Sea Combat Commander (SCC) for Amphibious Squadron FIVE and the Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG).
In addition to the ACE, a command element, ground combat element (GCE) and combat service support element (CSSE) comprise the MEU, which embarks three ships of a Navy amphibious ready group (ARG) under the command of an amphibious squadron. There are a total of seven marine expeditionary units--the 11th, 13th and 15th under the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) on the West Coast; the 22d, 24th and 26th under the 2d MEF on the East Coast, and the 31St under the 3d MEF in Okinawa, Japan.
"The service HC-5 provides is a vital and irreplaceable piece of our ability to project and sustain power ashore," said CAPT Andy Karakos, Commander, Amphibious Squadron 11 and the Essex ARG.
The Navy participants included the Amphibious Squadron Five, Helicopter Support Squadron 11, providing search and rescue support, and the USS Duluth (LPD-6), which performed parallel operations in the same waters as the USS Tarawa.
Sotherland, commodore of the Bataan Expeditionary Strike Group and commander of Amphibious Squadron Two, and the commanding officer of FS Tonnerre, French Navy Capt.
The Commander, Amphibious Squadron 4 (CPR-4), embarked on Iwo Jima, assumed tactical control of all amphibious assets.
"I have flown in helicopters, rode in LCACs and watched Harriers take off during this float," said LT Christopher Geis, staff judge advocate for Amphibious Squadron 3 embarked on Bonhomme Richard.
From 15 to 17 September, the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) and Amphibious Squadron 1 conducted humanitarian assistance operations as part of the United States' ongoing efforts to provide assistance to the fledgling nation of East Timor.
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