USS Makin Island sailors visit Bahrain

U.S. Navy’s amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) was alongside Manama, Bahrain, January 9-15, for the ship’s first port visit since entering the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

Makin Island, and its crew of more than 2,400 sailors and marines, visited Bahrain to replenish supplies, perform maintenance and repairs, and take the opportunity to experience the country’s culture.

“Since arriving in the U.S. 5th Fleet operating area, our sailors and marines have maintained a steady tempo conducting training with our regional partners in order to stay ready to perform the range of maritime security operations on a moment’s notice,” said Capt. Mark Melson, commanding officer of Makin Island.

Sailors and marines also teamed together ashore to help the local community at outreach events at two local schools and a women’s shelter in Manama.

Makin Island, part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), is conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts during deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

“As the flagship for 5th Fleet’s self-sustained crisis response force, the Makin Island ARG and embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, we must maintain the highest level of readiness,” said Melson. “That means taking care of the ship and the crew, and we were able to do both during our visit to Bahrain.”