By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stevie Tate, USS Arlington Public Affairs
ATLANTIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Commander of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 4 Rear Adm. Richard W. Butler visited the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington (LPD 24) while the ship was underway for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group's (ARG) composite unit training exercise (COMPTUEX), July 28.
During the course of his visit, crew members provided Butler a thorough tour of the ship's spaces, including the combat and control center (CIC) and the ship's medical ward, where the crew recently trained to process detainees and non-combatant evacuees.
"It was a great opportunity to show Rear Adm. Butler a ship like Arlington right as we are making preparations for our maiden deployment," said Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Raul Florencio. "We're very proud of this ship, and we're proud to show visitors all of the hard work we have put in to making Arlington the best ship in the fleet."
Butler also took time to congratulate Arlington's Sailors of the Quarter, Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jamin Beaugard, Fire Controlman 2nd Class Joshua Toohey, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Austin Harris and Fireman Diana Amimo.
"The visit to Arlington was a wonderful one and I really enjoyed speaking to the crew as I toured the ship," said Butler. "This ship has done a great job during COMPTUEX and I wish the captain and his crew the best of the luck on the upcoming deployment."
Arlington is currently underway with the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) which is composed of Arlington, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 4 staff, USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).
Commanded by Capt. Sean Bailey, Arlington is preparing for its maiden deployment this fall.