USS Peleliu to deploy Tuesday

SAN DIEGO - The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu is scheduled to leave San Diego tomorrow for a deployment to the Western Pacific and Indian oceans, the Navy announced today.
Peleliu and its crew of around 1,050 sailors will participate in a large multinational naval exercise, as the command ship for an expeditionary strike group. A group of Marines will also be embarked on the ship.
The vessel will proceed to other operations following the exercise, according to the Navy.
"Peleliu is ready for all assigned missions and any possible mission that could arise," said Capt. Paul Spedero Jr., the commanding officer. "While forward deployed, we are prepared to handle contingencies that may arise from conducting operations to supporting humanitarian assistance/disaster response or delivering combat power ashore, when necessary."
The San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George was separately heading out for the naval exercise.

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