USS America on holiday visit to Singapore
US Navy amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) and the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit pulled into Singapore for a scheduled port visit on December 22.
“The America team is honored to visit Singapore,” said commanding officer Joseph Olson. “Our visit is an opportunity for the ship to replenish supplies, and experience the country’s rich culture as we represent our country as ambassadors of goodwill during the holidays.”
Since the ship recently returned to 7th Fleet, the crew will also take advantage of the opportunity to conduct some routine maintenance while inport.
“The focus is to make sure everything stays operational and fully mission capable, and to set ourselves up for the return home,” said Lt. James Thompson, auxiliary officer from America’s engineering department.
After the holiday visit to Singapore, America will continue training with allies and partners in the US 7th Fleet area of operations.
Singapore is the first stop for the San Diego-based ship’s return to 7th Fleet following their operations in 5th Fleet including their participation in the Dubai Air Show and the combat rehearsal Alligator Dagger.
Since they deployed in July, the Sailors and Marines have trained with partner militaries to enhance relationships with nations in the US Pacific and Central Command areas of responsibility as well as strengthen their proficiency in the execution of amphibious operation’s.
America, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group, with embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is operating in the Indo-Asia Pacific region to strengthen partnerships and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency.