Locally based Sailors, Marines part of evacuation exercise in Oman

A U.S. Navy Landing Craft Air Cushioned (LCAC) with Assault Craft Unit 4 prepares to transport U.S. and international citizens during a bilateral non-combatant evacuation exercise at the U.S. Embassy, Muscat, Oman, Sept. 21, 2016. The non-combatant evacuation exercise is an opportunity for the United States and Oman to practice a bilateral mission of quickly providing security and safety to U.S. and international citizens abroad during a natural disaster or contingency. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lauren A. Falk/Released)
A U.S. Navy Landing Craft Air Cushioned (LCAC) with Assault Craft Unit 4 prepares to transport U.S. and international citizens during a bilateral non-combatant evacuation exercise at the U.S. Embassy, Muscat, Oman, Sept. 21, 2016. The non-combatant evacuation exercise is an opportunity for the United States and Oman to practice a bilateral mission of quickly providing security and safety to U.S. and international citizens abroad during a natural disaster or contingency. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lauren A. Falk/Released)

MUSCAT, Oman (WAVY) — Marines and sailors with the locally based Wasp Amphibious Ready Group recently helped in a non-combatant evacuation operation (NEO) exercise in Oman.

The U.S. Navy says NEO exercises help the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to quickly provide safety and security to U.S. citizens who are abroad during a natural disaster.

The Norfolk-based USS San Antonio was part of the exercise — along with the USS Whidbey Island and Royal Omani Police — and helped in an amphibious landing and evacuation of select members of the U.S. Embassy in Oman.

The Wasp Amphibious Ready Group deployed from Naval Station Norfolk in late-June.

“The teamwork exhibited between USS San Antonio, USS Whidbey Island and the chief of mission, U.S. Embassy Muscat, Oman is the foundation behind conducting a timely and effective non-combatant evacuation,” said Brig. Gen. Francis L. Donovan, Task Force 51 Naval Amphibious Force/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade.

U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Francis L. Donovan, Commanding General of Task Force 51 Naval Amphibious Force, and 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, and U.S. Army Col. Eric J. Larson, Defense Attache, escort officials with The Royal Omani Police during a bilateral non-combatant evacuation exercise at the U.S. Embassy, Muscat, Oman, Sept. 21, 2016. The non-combatant evacuation exercise is an opportunity for the United States and Oman to practice a bilateral mission of quickly providing security and safety to U.S. and international citizens abroad during a natural disaster or contingency. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lauren A. Falk/Released)
U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Francis L. Donovan, Commanding General of Task Force 51 Naval Amphibious Force, and 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, and U.S. Army Col. Eric J. Larson, Defense Attache, escort officials with The Royal Omani Police during a bilateral non-combatant evacuation exercise at the U.S. Embassy, Muscat, Oman, Sept. 21, 2016. The non-combatant evacuation exercise is an opportunity for the United States and Oman to practice a bilateral mission of quickly providing security and safety to U.S. and international citizens abroad during a natural disaster or contingency. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Lauren A. Falk/Released)

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