Kearsarge ARG: completed a series of operations
Amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge and the USS Ponce departed Souda Bay, Crete. Assisted by 400 troops from Camp Lejeune’s 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, the unit undertook a series of operations to help to help evacuate Egyptians, who fled to the Tunisian border from Libya, and return them to their native country. The group is equipped with Harrier AV-8B jump-jet warplanes. Approximately 2,200 Marines and sailors with the 22nd MEU will depart mid-April for a variety of operations in support of U.S. Africa, European and Central Commands, the Marine Corps announced March 9.