Bataan Continues Maritime Security Operations

Wednesday, March 07, 2007
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Joanne De Vera, USS Bataan Public Affairs

Ships of the Bataan Strike Group performed maritime security operations (MSO) Feb. 25 to March 1 in the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command's area of responsibility. MSO helps set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, as well as complements the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. “Every ship in the Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) is actively engaged in MSO,” said Cmdr. Timothy Spratto, Bataan Strike Group chief staff officer. “Our presence allows us to actively interact with merchant ships, fishing vessels and other legitimate maritime traffic in the area.”

These operations deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material. “We’ll partner with regional allies or multinational coalition forces to supoort security in various regions,” said Cmdr. Jon Carriglitto, USS Bataan (LHD 5) operations officer. “People on the high seas see that piracy will not be tolerated.” Coalition forces conduct MSO under international maritime conventions to ensure security and safety in international waters so that all commercial shipping can operate freely while transiting the region. “We’re here to make sure the high seas stay free for everyone to use,” said Spratto.

All coalition partners contribute maritime forces such as ships, boarding teams, maritime patrol aircraft and staff augmentees, to support ongoing operations. Local countries have a vested interest in interoperability, knowledge sharing and assistance with deterrence against international terrorist organizations that pose a threat to key infrastructure. Bataan, commanded by Capt. David Hulse, left her homeport of Norfolk Jan. 4 on a regularly scheduled deployment as the flagship of the Bataan Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), which is comprised of the Bataan Strike Group, commanded by Capt. Donna Looney, commander, Bataan Strike Group/Amphibious Squadron 2, and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) based out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., commanded by Col. Gregg Sturdevant. Bataan Strike Group includes Amphibious Squadron 2, Bataan, USS Shreveport (LPD 12), USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), USS Nitze (DDG 94), USS Underwood (FFG 36), and USS Scranton (SSN 756).

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