Yuma Marines receive orders to come home
More than 100 Yuma Marines and sailors should be returning home next week - tentatively on Monday afternoon - after an eight-month shipboard deployment, said officials from Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma.
The Marines and sailors are from Marine Attack Squadron (VMA)-513 and Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron-13, said Cpl. Daniel Thomas, MCAS public affairs chief, in a news release.
The squadron detachments were part of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) aboard the USS Peleliu, Thomas said. They deployed with Expeditionary Strike Group 1 in support of both Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.
While they were gone, Marine Harrier AV-8B pilots from VMA-513 logged 380 hours of flight time and flew more than 300 missions, Thomas said.
The Peleliu should dock on the West Coast within the next few days.
As always with ships and aircraft, MCAS officials said, the exact time of their return is unpredictable and could change depending on weather and other things.