The USS Green Bay (LPD) - a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock often deployed on humanitarian missions by the U.S. Navy, visited Bali on Friday, October 19, 2012 as part of a three-day visit to the island.
The sophisticated ship 25,000-ton ship measures 208.5 meters long, have a draft of 7 meters and has a homeport in California. The ship carries four CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters or two MV-Oprey tilt-rotor helicopters. The ship also carries deployable landing craft.
The Commanding Officer of the USS Green Bay (LPD-20), Col. Potman Browne, told Kompas.com, that the ship was not engaged in war and only performing exercises. Browne clarified further that the ship is frequently assigned to carry out humanitarian missions.
The USS Green Bay was among the first vessels to respond to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan.
During the Bali layover the ship with a crew of around 1,000 participated in joint training exercises with the Indonesian Navy.
In visiting the ship in Benoa, the Commander of the Denpasar Naval Command , Col. I Wayan Suarjaya said: “This is a very good ship. We hope that in the future Indonesia can purchase such vessels. While the ship is in Bali the Indonesian Navy and the U.S. will work together extensively.”
The USS Green Bay was built in 2005 and began operations in 2009.
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