The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), flagship of the Kearsarge Amphibious Prepared Group (ARG) and twenty second Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), arrived in Tromsø, Norway for a scheduled port go to, April 11, 2022. The ship’s presence within the Excessive North is an illustration of the U.S. Navy’s continued dedication to NATO Allies and Companions and the robust bond between the USA and Norway. Whereas in port within the northern Norwegian metropolis of Tromsø, Kearsarge will off-load U.S. Marine Corps gear and automobiles in help of a bilateral Norway coaching train strengthening the long-standing relationship between the U.S. and Norway.

As a part of its port go to above the Arctic Circle, the group’s management will take part in visits and workplace calls with area people and army management whereas the crew partakes in a number of native excursions of historic sights and experiences Norway’s wealthy tradition. The ARG-MEU group just lately departed homeports in Virginia and North Carolina for its scheduled deployment within the U.S. Sixth Fleet space of operations conducting international maritime and safety operations in help of Allied and companion pursuits in Europe and Africa. The Kearsarge ARG and embarked twenty second MEU are underneath the command and management of Job Power 61/2. The ARG consists of USS Kearsarge; the San-Antonio class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24); and the Whidbey Island-class dock touchdown ship USS Gunston Corridor (LSD 44).


The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) transits the Atlantic Ocean throughout train Northern Viking 22, April 4, 2022. Northern Viking 22 strengthens interoperability and drive readiness between the U.S., Iceland and allied nations, enabling multi-domain command and management of joint and coalition forces within the protection of Iceland and Sea traces of Communication within the Greenland, Iceland, United Kingdom (GIUK) hole. (U.S. Navy photograph by Mass Communication Specialist third Class Jesse Schwab)

“The Kearsarge ARG and twenty second MEU are grateful to the Kingdom of Norway for supporting our port go to in Tromsø,” stated Capt. David Guluzian, commander of the Kearsarge ARG and Amphibious Squadron SIX. “As we work towards mutual objectives of peace and safety all through the area, the ARG-MEU group seems to be ahead to strengthening the bonds between the U.S., Norway, and our NATO Allies and Companions.”

Embarked instructions with the Kearsarge ARG embrace Amphibious Squadron SIX, twenty second MEU, Fleet Surgical Staff 2, Tactical Air Management Squadron 22, Helicopter Sea Fight Squadron 28, Assault Craft Unit 2, Assault Craft Unit 4, Naval Seashore Group 2, and Seashore Grasp Unit 2. Amphibious prepared teams and bigger amphibious activity forces present army commanders a variety of versatile capabilities together with maritime safety operations, expeditionary energy projection, strike operations, ahead naval presence, disaster response, sea management, deterrence, counter-terrorism, info operations, safety cooperation and counter-proliferation, and humanitarian help and catastrophe reduction. U.S. Sixth Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the complete spectrum of joint and naval operations, usually in live performance with Allied and interagency companions, to advance U.S. nationwide pursuits, safety, and stability in Europe and Africa.