USS Makin Island Docks in Singapore

The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), along with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in Singapore Jan. 16 for a scheduled port visit.

During the visit, Sailors and Marines will have an opportunity to experience the Singapore culture and take part in a variety of Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) sponsored events. Dozens of Sailors and Marines will also be participating in community service projects in the area.

Makin Island and the 11th MEU departed San Diego July 25, 2014, and are currently deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations (AOO), supporting the nation’s maritime strategy.

During this deployment, the second for Makin Island, the ship operated forward in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOO conducting air operations in support of the Operation Inherent Resolve coalition air campaign; non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (NTISR) flights over Iraq and Syria; provided on-call support to diplomatic facilities; worked with British and Kuwaiti forces in exercise Cougar Voyage, conducted exercise Red Reef 15 with Saudi Arabian forces and performed marine sustainment exercises in Kuwait and Djibouti.

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Press release, Image: US Navy