CLICK HERE for photos of USS Peleliu.

While deployed, the Peleliu and its Ready Group ships performed maritime security operations, theater cooperation efforts and operational support in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility.

"We accomplished a lot in our eight months of deployment," said Capt. Shawn Lobree, PELARG commander. "Most significantly we helped maintain security in a volatile part of the world through missions which ranged from counter weapons proliferation, support to special forces, maritime security operations, and multilateral theater security cooperation exercises with countries including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Djibouti."

The Peleliu group consists of the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5), amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) and amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47). The embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) returned Monday to Camp Pendleton.