US Navy’s amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5), along with Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7, Amphibious Squadron 11 and embarked Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), pulled in to Subic Bay Sept. 27 prior to beginning Philippines-U.S. Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX) 2015.
This is the Peleliu’s first port visit to the Philippines in nearly four years when it visited during its 2010 deployment.
Peleliu, the flagship of the Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group (PELESG), along with USS Germantown (LSD 42) and embarked 31st MEU, will participate in PHIBLEX 15 from Sept. 29 to Oct. 10 throughout the islands of Palawan and Luzon.
PHIBLEX is an annual, bilateral training exercise conducted by U.S. Navy and Marine forces with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
Press Release, September 28, 2014; Image: US Navy