Amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), along with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, arrived in Hong Kong, Aug. 20, for a port visit.
The visit is the first port call for the crew, who departed San Diego July 25 before conducting Marine sustainment training off the coast of Hawaii and participating in a hurricane evacuation mission near Midway Island some 900 miles northwest of Hawaii.
While in Hong Kong, the Sailors and Marines will have a wide selection of activities to choose from, ranging from 18 tours coordinated by the ship’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation department to a variety of community service programs coordinated through the Chaplain department.
Makin Island is the flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), and is joined in Hong Kong by amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) and dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45).
The ARG is on a 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.