The USS Bataan in 2014
The USS Bataan’s scheduled eight-month deployment in European and Middle Eastern waters included participation in maritime security operations and being available for emergency and humanitarian response. It followed this itinerary:
- Feb 8 … Departed from Norfolk, Virginia, USA
- Feb 16 … Entered European waters
- Feb 25 … Rota, Spain
- Feb 27 … Lisbon, Portugal
- Mar 8 … Aegean Sea — The Bataan received a distress call from the Turkish-flagged container vessel Yusuf Cepnioglu, which had run aground hours earlier on the northern coast of Mykonos.
- Mar 13 … Suez Canal
- Apr 12 … Steel Beach, Red Sea
- Apr 30 … Beach landing exercise in Djibouti
- May 23 … Aqaba, Jordan
- May 27 … Suez Canal. Eager Lion, a two-week, 22-nation exercise that included 6,000 U.S. troops, kicked off in Jordan.
- May 29 … U.S. dispatches Bataan to Libya. Days into Eager Lion, Bataan is ordered to the coast of Libya to be ready for a possible evacuation of U.S. personnel because of escalating fighting there. The ship left many Marines and much equipment behind in Jordan to complete the exercise.
- Jun 6–7 … Rescue at sea. Bataan rescued 282 people in the Mediterranean Sea and transferred them to Malta’s military the next day.
- Jun 29 … Suez Canal
- Jul 16 … Manama, Bahrain
- Aug 26 … Dubai, U.A.E.
- Oct 2 … Suez Canal (entered Mediterranean)
- Oct 4 … Kusadasi, Turkey
- Oct 10 … Naples/Rome, Italy
At the end of its deployment, the USS Bataan headed home. Though the Bataan did provide rescue at sea, once even to aid migrants, there seems to be no connection between it and the Ghost Boat.
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- “2014 Deployment Final”. (link) VIDEO
- USS Bataan Timeline. (link)
- “USS Bataan In Mediterranean Sea To Aid In Possible Libya Evacuations”. May 28, 2014. (link)
- “US Navy rescues 282 people in Mediterranean Sea”. June 8, 2014. (link)
- Bataan Rescue Documentary. (link) VIDEO
- “Bataan Rescues Persons In Distress”. (link) PHOTOS
- “More photos from Bataan rescuing persons in distress”. (link) PHOTOS
- “USS Bataan Enters Persian Gulf, Nine U.S. Ships Now in Region”. July 8, 2014. (link)