USS San Diego Awards First Marine ESWS Qualification

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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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