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