Bataan ARG deployed
The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) has recently begun deployment to Europe and the Middle East. Together with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU), the Bataan ARG departed from Naval Station Norfolk and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia Beach, Virginia and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, in March 2017. The Bataan ARG comprises the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), Tactical Air Control Squadron 21 and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26, with homeport at Naval Station Norfolk, amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), Assault Craft Unit 4 detachments, and Beach Master Unit 2, with homeport at Virginia Beach. The aviation component of the 24th MEU is Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (Reinforced).