Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived at U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) for a brief stop for provisions and personnel, April 18.
During the port visit, eligible Sailors of the Makin Island ARG ships and embarked Marines will be allowed liberty to access select facilities onboard NBG. Base liberty is authorized in addition to food, beverage, Wi-Fi and recreational amenities made available pier side by NBG’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation staff.
Sailors and Marines assigned to Makin Island ARG will not be permitted to depart NBG. While on base liberty, Sailors and Marines will still be required to follow all COVID-19 mitigations such as wearing masks, ensuring proper hygiene, and maintaining social distancing where appropriate.
The visit enhances safe liberty options for 7th Fleet ships based on the most current Department of the Navy and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 mitigations and guidance.
“We are thankful to allow our crews this opportunity to have some down time off the ships to reconnect with loved ones and enjoy time with peers outside of the workspace,” said Capt. Stewart Bateshansky, commodore, Makin Island ARG. “Our hardworking Sailors and Marines are truly deserving of all the liberty we can get them. The support we have received from Joint Region Marianas, and the team here, has been exceptional.”
USS Makin Island (LHD 8), flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group is operating with USS Somerset (LPD 25), USS San Diego (LPD 22), and the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific Region.