U.S. and Turkish Forces Complete Egemen 2015

AEGEAN SEA – The amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3),elements of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and the Turkish navy completed Egemen 2015, Oct. 28.

Egemen is a Turkish-led and hosted amphibious exercise designed to increase tactical proficiencies and interoperability among participants.

Continue reading for quick facts and additional links…

151025-N-YL073-068 AEGEAN SEA (Oct. 25, 2015) Members of the Turkish marines along with U.S. Marines attached to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), board an MV-22 Osprey aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during Egemen 2015, Oct. 25, 2015. Egemen is a Turkish-led and hosted amphibious exercise designed to increase tactical proficiencies and interoperability among participants. Kearsarge, deployed as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shamira Purifoy/Released)

151025-N-YL073-068 AEGEAN SEA (Oct. 25, 2015) Members of the Turkish marines along with U.S. Marines attached to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), board an MV-22 Osprey aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during Egemen 2015, Oct. 25, 2015. Egemen is a Turkish-led and hosted amphibious exercise designed to increase tactical proficiencies and interoperability among participants. Kearsarge, deployed as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shamira Purifoy/Released)

Quotes:

“I appreciate your partnership and efforts of all the men and women from the planning process until now. I express my gratitude to all participants and hospitality onboard USS Kearsarge.”

- Turkish Navy Rear Adm. Aydin Sirin, Mission Commander, Exercise Egemen 2015

“Egemen 2015 was a huge success, demonstrating our ability to project forces ashore from both sea and air to promote security and stability in the region. The exercise reinforced our commitment as allies.”

- Capt. Augustus P. Bennett, Commodore, Amphibious Squadron Four

“This exercise offered a unique opportunity to showcase our collective abilities to conduct expeditionary operations from the sea, demonstrating our steadfast resolve as long-standing NATO allies. The Marines and Sailors of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit were honored to participate in Exercise Egemen 2015 with the Turkish navy and marines.”

- Col. Robert Fulford, Commanding Officer,

26th Marine Expeditionary Unit

“High-end tactical level training of this type reassures forces of both nations that when called upon, NATO can respond. The trust that develops in this type of exercise is priceless.”

- Capt. David L. Bossert, Commanding Officer,

USS Kearsarge

Quick Facts:

  • The exercise launched near Foca Naval Base, Foca, Turkey, where staff members and military planners from Kearsarge, Amphibious Squadron 4, 26th MEU, the Turkish navy, and observers from Republic of South Korea and the United Kingdom participated in a luncheon and a pre-sail planning conference.
  • Turkish Navy Rear Adm. Aydin Sirin, and his staff embarked aboard Kearsarge to exercise command and control through the four-day exercise.
  • The exercise provided Kearsarge and members from the 26th MEU fourdays of training to enhance mission-critical skillsets, including surface warfare tactics, amphibious landing operations and non-combatant evacuation operations.
  • The exercise involved maritime, amphibious and air operations. U.S. and Turkish marines executed visit, board, search and seizure drills aboard a Turkish vessel, and completed an assault that included the tactical employment of aircraft in support of maritime and amphibious operations.
  • The exercise provided an opportunity which enhanced both countries’ interoperability and strengthened partnerships with all participating countries.
  • USS Kearsarge, the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG),is comprised of Kearsarge, the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) and embarked elements of Marines from the 26th MEU, deployed to the 6th Fleet area of operation in support of in support of U.S. national security interests.
  • U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.
151025-M-ED118-300 DOGANBEY, Turkey (Oct. 25, 2015) U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Brandy Acosta, fire-team leader, assigned to Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team 2/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit , and a Turkish Marine discuss lanes of fire during Exercise Egemen 2015 in Doganbey, Turkey Oct. 25. Egemen is a Turkish-led and hosted amphibious exercise designed to increase tactical proficiencies and interoperability among participants.  The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed to the 6th fleet area of responsibility in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jalen D. Phillips/ Released)

151025-M-ED118-300 DOGANBEY, Turkey (Oct. 25, 2015) U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Brandy Acosta, fire-team leader, assigned to Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team 2/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit , and a Turkish Marine discuss lanes of fire during Exercise Egemen 2015 in Doganbey, Turkey Oct. 25. Egemen is a Turkish-led and hosted amphibious exercise designed to increase tactical proficiencies and interoperability among participants. The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed to the 6th fleet area of responsibility in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jalen D. Phillips/ Released)

151025-M-ED118-057 DOGANBEY, Turkey (Oct. 25, 2015) U.S. Marines assigned to Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team 2/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit , and Turkish Marines receive a training brief during Exercise Egemen 2015 in Doganbey, Turkey Oct. 25. Egemen is a Turkish-led and hosted amphibious exercise designed to increase tactical proficiencies and interoperability among participants.  The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed to the 6th fleet area of responsibility in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jalen D. Phillips/ Released)

151025-M-ED118-057 DOGANBEY, Turkey (Oct. 25, 2015) U.S. Marines assigned to Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team 2/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit , and Turkish Marines receive a training brief during Exercise Egemen 2015 in Doganbey, Turkey Oct. 25. Egemen is a Turkish-led and hosted amphibious exercise designed to increase tactical proficiencies and interoperability among participants. The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed to the 6th fleet area of responsibility in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jalen D. Phillips/ Released)

151027-M-AW179-001 AEGEAN SEA (Oct. 27, 2015) – U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Assault Craft Unit 4 prepare to embark to Doganbey, Turkey,from the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 4) to conduct an amphibious assault during Exercise Egemen 2015 Oct. 27. Egemen is a Turkish-led and hosted amphibious exercise designed to increase tactical proficiencies and interoperability among participants. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joshua W. Brown/Released)

151027-M-AW179-001 AEGEAN SEA (Oct. 27, 2015) – U.S. Marines and Sailors with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Assault Craft Unit 4 prepare to embark to Doganbey, Turkey,from the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 4) to conduct an amphibious assault during Exercise Egemen 2015 Oct. 27. Egemen is a Turkish-led and hosted amphibious exercise designed to increase tactical proficiencies and interoperability among participants. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joshua W. Brown/Released)

151027-M-OQ277-067 DOGANBEY, Turkey (Oct. 27, 2015) U.S. Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion, assigned to Assault Craft Unit 4, conduct a joint amphibious assault during exercise Egemen 2015 in Doganbey, Turkey, Oct. 27. Egemen is a Turkish-led and hosted amphibious exercise designed to increase tactical proficiencies and interoperability among participants. The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed to the 6th fleet area of in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Andrew D. Pendracki/ Released)

151027-M-OQ277-067 DOGANBEY, Turkey (Oct. 27, 2015) U.S. Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion, assigned to Assault Craft Unit 4, conduct a joint amphibious assault during exercise Egemen 2015 in Doganbey, Turkey, Oct. 27. Egemen is a Turkish-led and hosted amphibious exercise designed to increase tactical proficiencies and interoperability among participants. The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed to the 6th fleet area of in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Andrew D. Pendracki/ Released)

151027-N-AX638-019 AEGEAN SEA (Oct. 27, 2015) Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Donta Moore, from Houston, directs an SH-60S Seahawk to take off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) while participating in Exercise Egemen 2015, Oct. 27. Egemen is a Turkish-led and hosted amphibious exercise designed to increase tactical proficiencies and interoperability among participants.  Kearsarge, deployed as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Tyler Preston/Released)

151027-N-AX638-019 AEGEAN SEA (Oct. 27, 2015) Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Donta Moore, from Houston, directs an SH-60S Seahawk to take off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) while participating in Exercise Egemen 2015, Oct. 27. Egemen is a Turkish-led and hosted amphibious exercise designed to increase tactical proficiencies and interoperability among participants. Kearsarge, deployed as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Tyler Preston/Released)

151027-M-OQ277-048 DOGANBEY, Turkey (Oct. 27, 2015) U.S. Marines assigned to Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team 2/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Turkish Marines move to their assault positions during a joint amphibious assault as part of exercise Egemen 2015 in Doganbey, Turkey, Oct. 27. Egemen is a Turkish-led and hosted amphibious exercise designed to increase tactical proficiencies and interoperability among participants. The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed to the 6th fleet area of in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Andrew D. Pendracki/ Released)

151027-M-OQ277-048 DOGANBEY, Turkey (Oct. 27, 2015) U.S. Marines assigned to Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team 2/6, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Turkish Marines move to their assault positions during a joint amphibious assault as part of exercise Egemen 2015 in Doganbey, Turkey, Oct. 27. Egemen is a Turkish-led and hosted amphibious exercise designed to increase tactical proficiencies and interoperability among participants. The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed to the 6th fleet area of in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Andrew D. Pendracki/ Released)

Additional Links:

Commanding Officer, 26MEU Day Four Blog: Egemen 2015

Commodore, Amphibious Squadron Four, Day Four Blog: Egemen 2015

Combat Logistics Battalion 26 Conducts NEO Training with Turkish Forces

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Shamira Purifoy

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