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The Cost of Freedom

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    Naval Station, San Diego (Jan. 6, 2003) -- A family member waves a tearful goodbye to her loved one aboard USS Tarawa (LHA 1) as the ship departs on a scheduled six-month deployment. Tarawa and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) will be on call to support items of national interest during their deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 2nd Class Michael D. Kennedy. (RELEASED)

    USS Duluth (LPD 6) also steams out from San Diego Bay on her way to join elements of the USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Amphibious Readiness Group (ARG) at the start of a scheduled six-month deployment. Duluth and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).

    LHA-1: displacement. 38,900 (full load); length. 820', beam. 106', draft. 26'; speed. 24 k.; Crew. 760, Troops. 1,903, Misc. lnfo., 3 5", 2 RAM Launchers, 2 Phalanx CIWS, 4 25mm. Mk38, 3 50cal M2HB., aircraft. 28 (VTOL.); class = Tarawa

    LPD-4: displacement. 17,000(full load); length. 569'; beam. 105'; draft. 23'; speed. 21 k.; Crew. 430, Troops 900; Misc. lnfo., 2 25mm Mk38, 2 Phalanx CIWS, 8 .50cal M2HB., aircraft. 6 (VTOL); class= Austin

    Displacement: 15,939(full load); length. 609'; beam: 84' draft. 22';
    speed. 20+k.; Crew: 410; Troops: 502; Misc. Info., 2 25mm Mk38; 2 Phalanx CIWS; 6 .50 cal. M2HB; landing craft. 4 LCAC; class = Whidbey Island

    Totals For All Ship Crew = 1600

    The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) occupies the Troop Spacing of 2305.

    Ground Forces Equipment:

    16 Light Armored Vehicles (LAV)
    8 81mm Mortars
    8 Tube-launched, Optically Tracked, Wire-guided missile systems (TOW)
    8 Javelin Anti-armor Missile Launchers
    15 Assault Amphibian Vehicles (AAV)
    6 155mm Howitzers
    4 M-1A1 Main Battle Tanks


    12 CH-46E Medium Lift Assault Helicopters
    4 CH-53E Heavy Lift Assault Transport Helicopters
    3 UH-1N Utility Helicopters
    4 AH-1W Attack Helicopter
    6 AV-8B Harrier Jets
    2 KC-130 Refueler/transport Aircraft (On call in CONUS)

    Support Equipment:

    2 Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Units
    1 LMT 3000 Water Purification Unit
    1 Sea Tractor
    4 TRAMs (10,000 lb. Capacity Forklifts)
    2 Four Thousand lb. Capacity Forklifts
    3 D-7 Bulldozers
    30 Five-ton Trucks
    1 Dump Truck
    4 Logistical Vehicle Systems (LVS)
    7 Five-hundred gallon Water Containers
    63 High-Mobility, Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV)

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