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
“When you watch both of them, you see a lot of Keith in them, in where they go, get in front of the net, their passion for the game, how hard they play and the physical nature they play with,” Pronger said. “They certainly play the way their dad did.”More MacInnis: “The two boys, you’ve got to love the way they play. They show grit, they go to the hard areas. They know where they have to go to score and produce. They’re not the greatest skaters, but their hockey sense and their will to get the pucks make up the difference. They’re going to be pros and All-Stars for a lot of years.”And there just might be a few controversies along the way, too. ST. LOUIS — Calgary Flames left winger Matthew Tkachuk is embroiled in a bit of controversy as the NHL presses pause on its regular season for the annual All-Star Game festivities, held this year in Tkachuk’s hometown.A few weeks ago in a game against Edmonton, Tkachuk delivered a couple of exceptionally aggressive, but specifically legal, hits on Oilers forward Zack Kassian. When Kassian tried to start a fight with Tkachuk, tossing him to the ice like a rag doll a couple of times, Tkachuk refused to punch back. Kassian was penalized and then suspended, while the Flames went on to win that game and gain a couple of points in an intense Pacific Division race — five teams, including the Flames and Oilers, have either 57 or 58 points. It was classic Tkachuk. Well, classic Tkachuks, plural.PLAYOFF PICTURE: Breaking down potential first-round matchups at the breakKnow who wasn’t surprised to see 22-year-old Matthew Tkachuk involved in a chippy incident on the ice that raised eyebrows and stirred emotions across the league? Anyone who spent any time around Matthew and his younger brother, Brady — like Matthew, a first-time All-Star this season — while the two siblings were growing up in the shadow of their dad, Keith, during the nine years he spent with the Blues. The feisty demeanor the brothers have on the NHL ice now was very evident when they were kiddos tagging along with their father, a five-time All-Star himself.“Especially when they were whacking each other over the heads,” Blues legend Al MacInnis told Sporting News with a hearty laugh Thursday. “No, no no. They were just competitors. They competed all the way up through youth hockey. I watched them from atom hockey all the way up. You can’t teach that. You either have it or you don’t, and you can see it in them. They were students of the game.” (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/32/ae/tkachuk-012420-ftr-gettyjpg_1my7f9np1puy31b886ps2az6mk.jpg?t=-653732153&w=500&quality=80 MacInnis played with Keith Tkachuk in St. Louis the final four years of his Hall of Fame career, 2000-04, when Matthew and Brady were still learning to skate. David Perron played with Keith — known across the league as Walt or Big Walt — in his first three seasons in the NHL, 2007-10, before Keith retired. And, yeah, Perron, who was a regular competitor in games of floor hockey with the Tkachuk boys, sees the same thing as MacInnis. “Oh, absolutely. They were chirping their dad as kids,” Perron told SN. “It’s all coming from their dad. He’s the one who made them tough. He’s the one who made them play the way they are, in a good way. I have a lot of respect for that family. Big Walt helped me a lot.”Everyone has stories about the Tkachuk boys. Chris Pronger, like MacInnis a Hall of Fame defenseman, remembers a broken finger in the locker room. “I looked down and it’s crooked,” he said with a laugh. “He’s kind of crying, but not really. He was only 4 or 5.”MORE: All-Star rosters, captains, coaches And then, there’s the blindside check Matthew — who’s not quite two years older than Brady — unloaded on his brother in the wives’ room at the arena. “I don’t remember the broken finger,” Brady, a winger with Ottawa, said with a grin, “but I do remember the hit from behind into the couch.”It’s Matthew with the selective amnesia on this one. “I don’t remember that, but the story is a legendary story,” he said Thursday, laughing at the All-Star Game media day. “The security guys here still tell it. I guess I hit him and he hit his forehead on the couch, after a Blues win. … I guess it’s a legendary story that nobody’s going to forget. I’d like to forget it, but everyone’s always bringing it up.”It’s not a story that’s going away anytime soon. Sneak peak at Big Walt preparing Matthew and Brady Tkachuk for their 1st All-Star game #nhlallstar pic.twitter.com/bkjx1pUi1K— Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) January 23, 2020I asked both brothers who was the feistier of the two. The answers were very similar, not that anyone should be surprised by that. “Feistier? I don’t know,” Brady said. “Matthew was just stronger than I was, so I would say I never gave up, so I got pretty feisty just trying to stay in the battles with him. We just pushed one another, and I’m grateful for that, because I think you can kind of see that in the feistiness we both have now.”“Oh, I don’t know,” Matthew said. “I’d say probably Brady because I was the older one and winning most of the battles, winning most of the stuff we played, so that probably made him tougher. He’s had a really competitive edge since he was young, and I think it’s showing.” Keith is showing, too.