USS San Diego Awards First Marine ESWS Qualification

Amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) saw its first Marine to achieve the prestigious enlisted surface warfare qualification on February 13.

Sgt. Arielle Coleman, a Marine assigned to 11TH Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) from Gainesville, Florida, received the ESWS qualification, a significant, fleet-wide objective for all shipboard Sailors and now an optional achievement for embarked Marines.

Coleman, who is a criminal investigator aboard San Diego, works in the Master-At-Arms office; a world away from her usual post at the Camp Pendleton Base Prevost Marshall’s Office.

So far on deployment San Diego has qualified 161 Sailors and 1 Marine with many others ready to take their written examination and oral boards.

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