Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Shaun M. Leicht, along with more than 2,500 sailors and Marines from the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (BATARG), Norfolk, Va., and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU), Camp Lejeune, N. C., are deployed to support Maritime Security Operations, provide crisis response capability and increase theater security cooperation and forward Naval presence in the Fifth and Sixth Fleet areas of operation.
Leicht is a 2004 graduate of Boone County High School of Florence and joined the Navy in July 2005.
He is the son of Melinda M. Jones Terry of Amelia, and Phillip W. Leicht of Florence.
During a port call in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, the sailors and Marines hosted tours aboard ship. They also volunteered to assist residents and refurbish the grounds at the Association Sindrome de Down de Beleares, dedicated to helping persons with Down Syndrome. The sailors and Marines also had the opportunity to participate in bicycling and kayaking tours, tours of Palma City, the Caves of Drach and Costa Nord.
Bataan also recently commemorated the Battle of Midway, wearing uniforms as they were worn in 1942 and playing Midway announcements throughout the day over the ship's general announcing system.
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