The Wasp-class amphibious ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) and the Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) transited from the Red Sea to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and will join the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19).

With the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), these ships will re-aggregate as the Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) in the eastern Mediterranean.

A typical U.S. Amphibious Readiness Group, courtesy of Wikipedia here, consists of:

Ships
Troops and equipment
Aircraft
  • AV-8B Harrier IIs or F-35B Lightning IIs: ground-attack aircraft designed to attack and destroy surface targets. F-35Bs also have the secondary role of fighter support.
  • MV-22B Ospreys or CH-53E Super Stallions transport personnel, supplies and equipment in support of amphibious and shore operations.
  • AH-1Z Vipersattack helicopters providing fire support and fire support coordination to the landing force during amphibious assaults and subsequent operations ashore.
  • UH-1Y Venom: Provides command and control during heliborne operations as well a light attack and assault capabilities.
  • USMC MV-22B squadrons are designated as Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadrons (VMM), and CH-53E squadrons as Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadrons (HMH). When assigned to a MEU, the detachments of the various other squadrons are combined with either the MV-22 or CH-53 squadron to create a reinforced, composite squadron. The reinforced squadron is designated as VMM-XXX(REIN) for MV-22s or HMH-XXX(REIN) for CH-53s, where the Xs are the squadron’s number. As such, the various aircraft will don the tail codes and markers of the VMM or HMH squadron, though will usually keep their own squadron tail art.
Tom has spent the last 13 years working in the defence industry, specifically military and commercial shipbuilding. His work has taken him around Europe and the Far East, he is currently based in Scotland.
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David Lloyd
David Lloyd
1 month ago

Are these ships going to sail through the Bosphorus into the Black Sea? That would certainly get Putin’s attention

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
1 month ago
Reply to  David Lloyd

Of course not!

David Lloyd
David Lloyd
1 month ago

Its a nice, well constituted amphibious assault group. They would certainly have an impact undertaking a landing on the southern Crimea coast. And while they are about it they could have another go at dropping the Kerch bridge

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
1 month ago
Reply to  David Lloyd

😆 Sherry not worn off yet mate.

Spyinthesky
Spyinthesky
1 month ago

Back in the real World I note the Turks gave permission for a Sandown class vessel to pass through and into Romanian waters which has upset Putin. Is this one that was sold to Ukraine, has one been sold to Romania? It didn’t give any further details.

Mark
Mark
1 month ago
Reply to  Spyinthesky

Its been reported that they have refused permission for the two Ukrainian ones to transit the Straits.

Exroyal.
Exroyal.
1 month ago
Reply to  David Lloyd

Basically it’s a PHIBRON. Which I have spoken of on here before. Once all the other assets are added it then becomes an ARG. The US Navy have a requirement to have two PHIBRONS deployed at any one time. Both with a MEU onboard. The standing PHIBRONs with the MEUs rotate through on a period which begins with training and exercises to shake things down. Then when they are deemed ready they deploy. The 26th were in their training phase early 2023. The other deployed PHIBRON is in the Far East. Also classed as an ARG. The next MEU and… Read more »

David Lloyd
David Lloyd
1 month ago
Reply to  Exroyal.

For the uninitiated, a PHIBRON is a US Navy abbreviation for an amphibious squadron. It is a tactical and administrative organization composed of amphibious assault shipping to transport troops and their equipment, ready for an amphibious assault operation. Note the emphasis “ready for an amphibious assault operation”

Frank
Frank
1 month ago
Reply to  David Lloyd

Lol….. Nothing will be entering or leaving for some time yet.

Simon
Simon
1 month ago
Reply to  David Lloyd

Fight their way through Istanbul and on to crimea unlikely OR right turn at suez to Yemen.

David Lloyd
David Lloyd
1 month ago
Reply to  Simon

If they slipped Erdogan a half-decent backhander he would let them through – the Pentagon could call it a “freedom of navigation exercise”

Paul.P
Paul.P
1 month ago

Good move. More re-assurance for Israel and/or strike option against Houthis.

Andrew D
Andrew D
1 month ago

Some punch 🇺🇸

Simon
Simon
1 month ago
Reply to  Andrew D

Trump would be tweeting rather than this power projection

David Lloyd
David Lloyd
1 month ago
Reply to  Simon

When the IRGC shot down a $200m RQ-4A Global Hawk drone in 2019, the Pentagon had warplanes in the air on the way to bomb their launch sites.

Trump phoned Putin and ten minutes later the planes were called back. Trump crapped out and would do the same again.

Frank
Frank
1 month ago

Harriers or F35B’s……. Oh look what we could have had….. 😉

Michael Brigg
Michael Brigg
1 month ago

We had modernised our Harriers and then were scraped. What is wrong with this country, they could have been mothballed and put into reserve. Im not a military expert only a FB warrior but we dont seem to have any resetves in depth.The Yanks are still using them. As per usual not thinking ahead, I assume it was gormless useless politicians who made that decision.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael Brigg

Yes, the Harrier and Sea Harrier forces were disposed off by a mix of Labour and Tory governments, most had already gone by 2010. Though I also believe, with defence cuts, the RAF was given a choice of keeping Harrier GR9 or Tornado GR4 and correctly chose the latter. I agree it would make sense to keep such equipment, but keeping such reserves costs money, and where do you store them? Quite a few stored aircraft are in the hangers at Shawbury. So keeping 60 plus jets on top of that would require additional build and expense as well. In… Read more »

DaveyB
DaveyB
1 month ago

There were also a few kept at a nearby airfield to Culdrose. But these were kept in the open. So would have been attacked by the Cornish weather and probably degraded pretty quickly.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
1 month ago
Reply to  DaveyB

Hi mate.
Assume you mean Predannak for fire training. Most airframe have been moved from there now, apparently.

Andrew D
Andrew D
1 month ago

Sad way to go for fine jets sadly but this is the norm 🔥✈

Andrew D
Andrew D
1 month ago

Agree DM it would be something if RAF had Reserve aircraft SQNs but we are not USA ,we are little Britain . 😕 🇬🇧