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Panetta to Visit USS Peleliu

Secretary of Defense also will touch base at Camp Pendleton.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will visit the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu on Friday, the Pentagon has announced.

Panetta will ride on a hovercraft from Camp Pendleton to the ship, which will be just off the coast, according to his spokesman, Carl Woog.

While aboard, Panetta will speak at an all-hands call, get a look at Harrier, Osprey and helicopter flight operations, visit the medical bay and have lunch with junior enlisted sailors and Marines.

Panetta is making ships like the San Diego-based Peleliu a priority in the defense budget, because they provide commanders with a way to get Marines and supplies ashore, Woog said.

 

– City News Service

 

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