USS Makin Island ARG Departs Hong Kong

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Story Number: NNS140823-01Release Date: 8/23/2014 8:13:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Lindahl, USS Makin Island Public Affairs

HONG KONG (NNS) -- The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit departed Hong Kong, Aug. 23, after completing a three-day port visit.

The amphibious ready group (ARG) is comprised of the flagship amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45), and amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22).

The visit served as the first port call for all three ships, which departed San Diego July 25.

"Port visits are a great opportunity to promote stability and security in the region," said the Commodore of the Makin Island ARG, Capt. Victor Cooper. "Hong Kong has long served as a top port visit for Sailors and Marines and I am very happy to have had the opportunity to visit again and foster good relationships."

While in Hong Kong, the Sailors and Marines took advantage of a wide selection of activities, including cultural heritage tours, Disneyland tours, Ocean Park tours and community service programs.

Chief Navy Counselor Jessica Lawson, assigned to Makin Island, has visited Hong Kong more than a dozen times in her Navy career, but this was the first visit where she went to Disneyland.

"The other times I'd gone to the markets, shopped all over town and seen a lot. This time I wanted to try to do something different," she said. "I can cross that off my bucket list."

The ARG is continuing on a scheduled deployment with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit to promote peace and freedom of the seas by providing security and stability in the 7th Fleet area of operations.

For more news from USS Makin Island (LHD 8), visit www.navy.mil/local/lhd8/.

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