Marine Corps Harriers from USS Kearsarge Join Fight Against ISIL
Marine Corps Harriers from USS Kearsarge
Join Fight Against ISIL
By USS Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group public affairs.
Arabian Gulf — (NNS)
— November 19, 2015 — Naval Aviation rejoined the fight against ISIL Nov. 19 when AV-8B Harriers
from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM)162(Reinforced)launched from the
amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) to conduct their first missions
over Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR).
The last Naval Aviation missions in support of OIR were Oct. 17, from USS Essex
AV-8B Harrier assigned to (VMM) 162 launches from the USS
Kearsarge (LHD 3)
"We will continue to work with our coalition partners to drive ISIL out of
Iraq and Syria," said Lt. Col. Brian T. Koch, commanding officer of
VMM-162(REIN). "We operate around the clock to defend America, and to keep our
families at home safe."
VMM-162(REIN) is the aviation combat element of the 26th MEU, currently
embarked with the Kearsarge ARG.
Marines perform last minute checks of an AV-8B Harrier
Capt. Augustus P. Bennett, commander, Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG),
said the Sailors and Marines under his charge are prepared for what lies ahead.
The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group with the embarked 26th MEU along with
our coalition partners are here to degrade and destroy ISIL's current operations
under OIR," Bennett said. "The combined ARG-MEU team is an expeditionary Navy/Marine
Corps force that stands ready and has been trained for these types of operations.
We're here to assure our allies, deter any adversaries and provide a persistent
U.S. presence here in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations."
First missions of AV-8B Harrier (VMM) 162 over Iraq in support of
Operation Inherent Resolve
In addition to Naval Aviation missions against ISIL in support of OIR, the
Marines and Sailors of the ARG-MEU team are deployed throughout the region
conducting various missions including theater security cooperation and maritime
An AV-8B Harrier launches from the amphibious assault ship USS
Kearsarge (LHD 3)
The Kearsarge ARG arrived in the U.S. 5th Fleet Nov. 1. The U.S. 5th Fleet's
area of operations encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of the Middle
East's maritime reaches and includes the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman,
Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean.
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