October 22, 2011
AUGUSTA BAY, Sicily (Oct. 22, 2011) - Capt. Timothy Spratto, deputy commodore, Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (right) gives a tour of the boat alley to Rear Adm. James Foggo, deputy commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, during his visit aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19). Foggo visited the ship to thank the crew for their work during Operation Unified Protector, the NATO led operation enforcing United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1970 and 1973 in order to protect Libyan civilians. Mesa Verde is a part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, which relieved the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group on April 27, 2011, in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn, later becoming Operation Unified Protector. Mesa Verde deployed from her homeport of Norfolk, Va., March 23, and is currently conducting operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.