Navy warships back on Guam
By Gerardo R. Partido
Variety News Staff
wednesday 18 july 07
DON’T be surprised if you’re again seeing an influx of military people around the island.
Two U.S. Navy warships are currently docked on Naval Base Guam and their personnel have been on liberty on Guam for a couple of days now.
The amphibious assault ships USS Tortuga and USS Juneau are on Guam after recently participating in the joint Australian-U.S. Operation Talisman Saber military exercise off the Queensland coast.
Combined, the two U.S. Navy ships have a complement of about 2,000 sailors and Marines.
The USS Tortuga, homebased in Sasebo, Japan, has 22 officers, 391 enlisted sailors and a Marine detachment of 402.
The USS Juneu, also homeported in Sasebo, has 35 officers, 400 enlisted sailors and 930 Marines.
The two ships narrowly avoided being hit by Typhoon Man-Yi, which passed 23 miles west of Okinawa, packing144 mph sustained winds and 173 mph gusts at its center.
According to the Navy, the ships were already at sea when the typhoon hit.