Melvin Begins Deployment

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NORFOLK, Va.—Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jerry Melvin, a 1999 graduate of Elizabeth High School, along with sailors and Marines from the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (BATARG), Norfolk, Va., and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU), Camp Lejeune, N. C., recently deployed as part of a regularly scheduled deployment to support Maritime Security Operations, provide crisis response capability, and increase theater security cooperation and forward Naval presence in the Fifth and Sixth Fleet areas of operation.

Prior to deployment, the BATARG and 22nd MEU successfully completed Expeditionary Strike Group Integration, a Composite Unit Training Exercise and a Certification Exercise.

The BATARG and 22nd MEU provide the combatant commander a versatile sea-based force that can be tailored to a variety of missions, including quick reaction crisis response options in maritime, littoral and inland environments in support of the Navy’s Maritime Strategy.


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