View post tag: Norfolk Bataan ARG Returns to Norfolk after Nine-Month Deployment View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Returns View post tag: ARG View post tag: Naval View post tag: month Share this article View post tag: americas View post tag: Navy View post tag: Deployment Back to overview,Home naval-today Bataan ARG Returns to Norfolk after Nine-Month Deployment View post tag: NINE Authorities October 31, 2014 View post tag: Bataan More than 4,000 Sailors and Marines from the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed a nine-month deployment, returning to Naval Station Norfolk, Va. and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va. Oct. 31, and Camp Lejeune, N.C. Oct. 28. While deployed, the Bataan ARG/MEU served in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility (AOR).The ARG includes the flagship, the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) with embarked Assault Craft Unit 4 and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22, the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) with embarked Assault Craft Unit 4 (also embarked on Bataan), and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) with embarked Assault Craft Unit 2.During the deployment, the Bataan ARG conducted maritime security operations, theater security cooperation and provided a forward naval presence in the U.S. Navy’s 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation.The ARG participated in several multinational exercises designed to strengthen coalition partnerships and reinforce regional security and stability, including Spanish Amphibious Exercise (PHIBLEX) 14 and Eager Lion 2014 exercise, as well as bi-lateral training with the Greek and French. The 22 MEU supported an assessment of humanitarian options in support of displaced Iraqi civilians trapped on Sinjar Mountain by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and conducted surveillance and reconnaissance missions and fixed-wing strike missions in Iraq in August and September with aircraft based aboard Bataan.Bataan was also involved in two rescues at sea. On March 8, Bataan rescued two Turkish mariners from their sinking cargo ship in the Aegean Sea. On June 6, the ARG participated in the rescue 282 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea after their small vessel sank.The Bataan ARG ships were the first to benefit from the Navy’s newly approved Hardship Duty Pay – Tempo (HDP-T). HDP-T, effective Sept. 17, compensates Sailors and Marines on deployments beyond 220 consecutive days.The Makin Island ARG and 11th MEU relieved the Bataan ARG in the 5th Fleet AOR, October 2.[mappress mapid=”14265″]Press release, Image: US Navy
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“To me in general, young guys don’t do real well sitting on the bench,” Mattingly said. “For Joc to be here, he should be playing a lot. If he’s going to be here in L.A., he should be playing a lot. It’s not going to do him any good to sit on the bench.”Pederson saw limited action in 18 games last September, batting .143. Camp will be an important barometer of his progress at the plate, but his glove might earn him the job.Jansen still unsignedCloser Kenley Jansen is one of four players who will exchange salary arbitration figures with the Dodgers on Friday if he cannot reach agreement on a 2015 contract sooner.Jansen returned from his native Curacao for a workout at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. He did not say whether he is discussing a multi-year or one-year contract at this point.“That’s what you have a good agent for,” Jansen said. “I’ll leave that in Adam (Katz)’s hands.”Jansen saved a career-high 44 games in 49 chances last season, third in the National League. He’ll get a decent-sized raise from the $4.3 million he made in 2014, his first year of arbitration eligibility. The Dodgers haven’t taken a player to arbitration since Joe Beimel in 2007.AlsoGM Farhan Zaidi said in a radio interview that the Dodgers will “definitely be a player” for free agent Yoan Moncada. Moncada, a 19-year-old infielder from Cuba, still hasn’t been cleared to sign with an MLB team by the U.S. government. In the meantime, he’s reportedly drawn wide interest and is expected to command a large signing bonus — a situation that favors large-market teams with money to spend on international prospects. Don Mattingly declared the Dodgers’ center-field job an open competition for spring training Wednesday. Barring injuries, it might be the only position competition in camp.Veteran Andre Ethier is still on the roster. So is the recently acquired Chris Heisey and prospect Joc Pederson, 22, who is considered the team’s center fielder of the future. Who will win out?To hear the Dodgers’ manager tell it, the job might not go to whoever swings the hottest bat in the Cactus League. Mattingly said that improving the club’s defense is among the top priorities, with pitchers and catchers scheduled to report in less than five weeks. “I think we have to be more consistent, especially up the middle,” Mattingly said. “Up the middle was our biggest issue. We were playing different guys at center, short, second — Dee (Gordon) mostly at second — but for the most part not a lot of true consistency through the middle.”The Dodgers committed 107 errors last season, second-most in the National League. Measured by errors, Mattingly’s observation holds up: the middle was a problem.Shortstop Hanley Ramirez committed 16 errors, third-most among National League shortstops. Gordon’s 12 errors tied for second-most at his position. Matt Kemp, who began the season as the Dodgers’ center fielder, tied for second among all NL outfielders with seven errors.Not coincidentally, all three players are gone. While Jimmy Rollins and Howie Kendrick have already been tabbed as the Dodgers’ shortstop and second baseman, center field is still a question mark.The job appears to be Pederson’s to lose. He is already considered by management to be the best defensive center fielder in the organization. If for some reason Pederson doesn’t claim the job outright, he could be tabbed for another season at Triple-A — at least at the outset. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error