The US Navy’s Kearsarge amphibious ready group (KSGARG) and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are conducting the KSGARG / MEU exercise (ARGMEUEX) in the waters east of the US.

The exercise includes amphibious squadron (PHIBRON) four, 26th MEU, amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24), and dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51).

Kearsarge command master chief David Twiford said that this exercise will support the KSGARG to work on integration in preparation for deployment.

Twiford said: "These ships go through a cycle every couple years to get ready to deploy.

"The MEU does the same thing. While we’re off doing some workups throughout the year, they’re off doing their own version of workups, and so these underway periods are a great opportunity to come together."

This exercise will cover operations from the transportation of marines to and from the ship, to smaller issues, such as meal and laundry service.

During this drill, the KSGARG will be part of exercises designed to test the capabilities of the amphibious force, including a missile exercise, amphibious operations, well deck operations, and air operations.

"These ships go through a cycle every couple years to get ready to deploy."

After the completion of this exercise, the KSGARG will participate in the composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX), the final certification before deployment.

The KSGARG is expected to be deployed this later this year.

In addition, USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) successfully tested its rolling airframe missile (RAM) system during an at-sea missile exercise (MISSLEX).

The latest test marks the second live RAM test conducted onboard the Kearsarge over the last five years.

Image: An MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter lands on flight deck the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by mass communication specialist 3rd Class Michael R Gendron / Released.