View post tag: Kearsarge View post tag: Navy View post tag: ARG More than 4,000 Sailors and Marines from the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (KSGARG) and 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26 MEU) departed from Norfolk and Little Creek, Va., and Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 11.The deployment is part of a regular rotation of forces to support maritime security operations, provide crisis response capability, and increase theater security cooperation and forward naval presence in the U.S Navy’s 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation.The KSGARG is commanded by Capt. John B. Skillman, commodore, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 4, and is comprised of multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio (LPD 17), both homeported at Naval Station Norfolk, and amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) homeported at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va.“The ARG/MEU team has gone through extensive training that allows us to work seamlessly with each other,” said Skillman. “I’m confident that our partnership will allow us to successfully complete any mission we’re assigned.”The 26th MEU is commanded by Col. Matthew G. St. Clair and is comprised of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which includes a Ground Combat Element, Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment; Aviation Combat Element, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 266; Logistics Combat Element, Combat Logistics Battalion 26; and its command element.The KSGARG/26 MEU team will provide combatant commanders a versatile sea-based force that can be tailored to a variety of missions, including quick reaction crisis response options in maritime, littoral and inland environments in support of the nation;s maritime strategy.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 12, 2013; Image: US Navy March 12, 2013 View post tag: Deploys Training & Education View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defense View post tag: Naval USA: Kearsarge ARG Deploys Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Kearsarge ARG Deploys Share this article
By Dialogo July 24, 2009 MEXICO CITY (AP) — Police have captured four men accused of slaying 12 federal agents and dumping their bloodied bodies along a highway in President Felipe Calderon’s home state of Michoacan, federal authorities said Wednesday. The head of the Federal Police’s anti-drug unit, Ramon Pequeno, said the suspects belong to the La Familia drug cartel. The federal officers were killed the weekend of July 12, when the gang retaliated for the arrest of an alleged gang leader by launching more than a dozen attacks on federal forces in one of the boldest offensives against the government. At least 18 federal agents died in the attacks, in which gunmen threw grenades and fired at federal police stations. Pequeno said one of the suspects, Jose Lopez, was caught Tuesday carrying a gun of one of the slain agents in the town of Arteaga, where the officers had been gathering intelligence. The three other suspects were stopped by police while riding in a taxi Tuesday in Michoacan state, Pequeno said. He did not give further details. Pequeno said Lopez told authorities the government’s actions have left La Familia in a critical situation. The suspect also told police about some of the inner workings of the cartel, which emerged in 2006 after breaking off from the Gulf Cartel, according to a transcript of his statements released by the Federal Police. Lopez, who said he was paid 3,000 pesos ($226) a week, said La Familia regularly lectures its members on how to conduct themselves, forbidding them from driving over the speed limit, getting drunk or dealing methamphetamines within Michoacan. He said the cartel only allows methamphetamines to be smuggled abroad. La Familia, which is notorious of beheading its rivals, has long released messages trying to portray itself as the defender of the security of ordinary citizens. The government increased the presence of federal forces by 5,500 soldiers and police after the attacks. Federal police were told the top priority was arresting those who killed the agents. Interior Secretary Fernando Gomez Mont said La Familia is acting out of desperation and he challenged the cartel to take on federal forces. “Sirs, we are waiting for you,” Gomez Mont said. “Mess with authorities, not with citizens. That’s the invitation we’re making you.” Michoacan has been at the center of Calderon’s drug war. Calderon first sent troops to the state after taking office in December 2006 to launch his organized crime crackdown. During an unprecedented sweep against politicians in May, federal authorities arrested more than two dozen mayors and state officials in Michoacan for allegedly protecting La Familia. Cartels have responded to the nationwide crackdown with a vengeance. More than 11,000 people have been killed by drug violence since 2006. The government says most of the victims are drug traffickers fighting rivals for lucrative drug routes to the United States.