The USS Iwo Jima ‘Amphibious Ready Group’ and the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit are currently off the coast of Scotland.
The American assault ship and her Amphibious Ready Group will take part in exercises in the region.
— U.S. Naval Institute (@NavalInstitute) May 3, 2021
The vessel was near RAF Lossiemouth this morning.
For more about the upcoming exercises in the area, visit the link below.
“Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) and amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio (LPD-17) make up the ARG.
Embarked detachments for the Iwo Jima ARG include Amphibious Squadron Four, Fleet Surgical Team (FST) Six, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26, Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) 21, Naval Beach Group (NBG) Two, Beach Master Unit (BMU) Two, Assault Craft Unit (ACU) Two and Four, and Sailors from Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) Two.
The 24th MEU, which is headquartered at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., consists of a ground combat element, Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 1/8, a logistics combat element, Combat Logistics Battalion (CLB) 24, and an aviation combat element, Medium Tilt-Rotor Squadron (VMM) 162 Reinforced. The 24th MEU also includes a Light Armored Reconnaissance detachment.”
We have contacted the U.S. Navy for comment on whether or not the assault ship will be taking part in Exercise Strike Warrior/Joint Warrior.
A spokesperson told me:
“Iwo Jima is not taking part in Strike Warrior/ Joint Warrior. As you may know, USS The Sullivans is attached to the QE CSG and will be participating in all the CSG activities here in Europe.”