Essex ARG on Its Way to the 5th Fleet AOR

The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) navigated through the Strait of Malacca June 14, while transiting toward the 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) in support of maritime security operations.

The Essex ARG, which consists of USS Anchorage, USS Essex (LHD 2), USS Rushmore (LSD 47) and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conducted multiple practice transits during the work-up cycle to prepare for the numerous vessels and long transit time.

Due to the size and activity of the strait, all three ships must enforce strict maneuvering postures and the Sailors standing lookout watch have to constantly scan the surface for smaller vessels or hazards.

The Essex ARG/MEU is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

The Strait of Malacca is a narrow 500-mile strait that connects the Indian Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. Located between the Malay Peninsula and the Island of Sumatra, this strait holds significant importance in the global economy with more than 947,000 vessels passing through the strait each year carrying approximately one-fourth of the world’s traded goods.

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