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The aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66), left, moored next to the amphibious assault ship USS BOXER (LPH 4) at Pier No. 11

A right side view of four US Marines Corps OV-10 Bronco aircraft in flight. The aircraft are operating from the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2)

An aerial view of ships moored at Naval Air Station, North Island. They are, from left to right, the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA 1), the aircraft carrier US CORAL SEA (CV 43) and the aircraft carrier USS CONSTELLATION (CV 64). (Substandard image)

Aerial port quarter view of the fleet oiler USNS MARIAS (T-AO 57) refueling the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD 13), right, and the amphibious assault ship USS GUADALCANAL (LPH 7) during underway replenishment operations

A port bow view of the amphibious assault ship USS IWO JIMA (LPH-2) underway to New York City for a Bob Hope show. The ship and crew has just completed a field exercise in Puerto Rico

A starboard bow view of the amphibious assault ship USS IWO JIMA (LPH-2) underway to New York City for a Bob Hope show. The ship and crew has just completed a field exercise in Puerto Rico

A bow view of the amphibious assault ship USS IWO JIMA (LPH-2) underway to New York for a Bob Hope show. The ship and crew has just completed a field exercise in Puerto Rico

During the Bob Hope show aboard the amphibious assault ship USS IWO JIMA (LPH-2), the singing group "Village People" sings "YMCA"

During the Bob Hope show aboard the amphibious assault ship USS IWO JIMA (LPH-2), singer and actress Charo leads a group of Marines around a stage

After the Bob Hope show aboard the amphibious assault ship USS IWO JIMA (LPH-2), Bob Hope is honored with a cake for his 76th birthday

During the Bob Hope show aboard the amphibious assault ship USS IWO JIMA (LPH-2), singer and actress Charo leads a group of Marines around a stage

During the Bob Hope show aboard the amphibious assault ship USS IWO JIMA (LPH-2), singer and actress Diane Carroll sings to the Navy and Marine personnel of the ship

During the Bob Hope show aboard the amphibious assault ship USS IWO JIMA (LPH-2), Bob Hope, Charo and Don Knotts do a skit on the Navy

During the Bob Hope show aboard the amphibious assault ship USS IWO JIMA (LPH-2), singer and actress Charo sings and leads a group of Marines and sailors around the stage

During the Bob Hope show aboard the amphibious assault ship USS IWO JIMA (LPH-2), the "Village People" singing group sings "YMCA". The ship and crew have just completed a field exercise in Puerto Rico

During the Bob Hope show aboard the amphibious assault ship USS IWO JIMA (LPH-2), singer and actress Diane Carroll sings to the Navy and Marine personnel of the ship

A Navy and Marine color guard raise the colors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS IWO JIMA (LPH-2) on Memorial Day

A squad of Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LH-2) are being directed to board a Marine CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter, not shown. Behind them is another CH-46 and a Marine AH-1 Sea Cobra helicopter

Five LVTP-7 tracked landing vehicles depart the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2)

Marines cross the deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) to board a Marine CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter

A right front view of a Marine AV-8B Harrier II aircraft as it takes off from the flight deck of an amphibious assault ship

A port quarter view of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2). The ship carries helicopters, troops and equipment. The SAIPAN took part in the 36th Marine Amphibious Unit exercise

LVTP-7 tracked landing vehicles depart the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2). They are part of the 36th Marine Amphibious Unit exercise

Jeeps loaded aboard a landing craft (LCU) that is housed in the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during the 36th Marine Amphibious Unit exercise

Marines from part of the Battalion Landing Team stationed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS OKINAWA (LPH-3), the flag ship of the 31st Marine Amphibious Unit, do physical exercise on the dock next to the ship

A Marine sergeant reads the Stars and Stripes newspaper while he sits on the back of a truck. In the background is the amphibious assault ship, USS OKINAWA (LPH-3), the flagship of the 31st Marine Amphibious Unit. The Marines are here from the 1ST Marine Division which is located in Hawaii

Chai Zemien, Chinese ambassador to the United States, and the delegation from the People's Republic of China prepare to leave the docks after touring the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1)

Vice Premier Gen Biao, People's Republic of China, is given the red carpet treatment as he boards the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1)

Vice Premier Gen Biao, People's Republic of China, is given the red carpet treatment as he boards the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) and is greeted by a Navy admiral

Vice Premier Gen Biao, People's Republic of China, has a seat during his briefing and tour of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1)

From the dock, VADM Lee Baggett Jr. points to an area on the side of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) as a member of the delegation from China looks on

A bow view of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) taken through the window of a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter

Members of the delegation from China are given a tour of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1)

Members of the delegation from China are given a tour of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1)

Members of the delegation from China are given a tour of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1)

Members of the delegation from China are given a tour of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1)

Members of the delegation from China are given a tour of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1)

Members of the delegation from China are given a tour of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1)

Marines unload an M151A2 light vehicle from a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter from Heavy Marine Helicopter Squadron 265 (HMH-265). The helicopter is aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1)

Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter from HMM (C) Squadron-265, makes an external airlift of supplies from the amphibious assault ship, USS TARAWA (LHA-1), to one of the Marine units ashore. Marines from 1ST Bn., 3rd Marines, 3rd Mar. Div., Fleet Marine Force, (BLT 1/3), and the 31st Marine Amphibious Unit (31st MAU) are participating in operation Valiant Usher 1-81-A

A Marine Corps CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter airlifts a 105mm howitzer from the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) to a gun position ashore during Operation Valiant Usher 1-81-A. The 31st Marine Amphibious Unit (31st MAU) is also participating in the operation

Marine Corps infantrymen from 1ST Bn., 3rd Marines, 3rd Mar. Div., Fleet Marine Force, (BLT 1/3) embark a Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter, that will take them from the amphibious assault ship, USS TARAWA (LHA-1) to a point inland during Operation Valiant Usher 1-81-A

Marine Corps CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter from HMM (C) Squadron-265, prepares to make an external airlift of supplies from the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1). This airlift is part of Operation Valiant Usher 1-81-A

Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Randy Dowdy chips ice from a padeye on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS GUAM (LPH-9). The ship is participating in the NATO exercise Cold Water (COLDEX-FLOTEX '81). The exercise is intended to test all phases of amphibious operations in sub-freezing weather

A crewman clears snow from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS GUAM (LPH-9) during the NATO exercise Cold Winter (COLDEX-FLOTEX '81). The exercise is intended to test all phases of amphibious operations in sub-freezing weather

PO3 Rizzalle, standing, makes a list of the names of the Vietnamese people just brought aboard the amphibious assault ship USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA-3). Marine and Navy personnel are working together to check the Vietnamese people

Marines of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM-165) aboard the amphibious assault ship USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA-3) adjust a flight deck helmet on a Vietnamese boy, one of the group of Vietnamese people brought aboard the ship. The Vietnamese are being readied for transfer to the dock landing ship USS THOMASTON (LSD-28)

Prior to the arrival of the amphibious assault ship USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA-3) in Singapore, the Vietnamese people are being given life preservers and flight deck crewmen helmets for the transfer to the dock landing ship USS THOMASTON (LSD-28)

A Marine CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165 (HMM-165) hovers over a jeep in preparation for an external airlift from the amphibious assault ship USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA-3) to a landing zone

Marines of Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Bn., 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Div., Fleet Marine Force (FMF), leave a Marine CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter and go below deck, using the catwalk on the amphibious assault ship USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA-3). The Marines have just completed an operation off the coast of Australia

A Marine CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter sets down a net full of supplies that are being returned from an exercise in Australia. The supplies are placed on the elevator of the amphibious assault ship USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA-3). The CH-53 is from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165 (HMM-165)

Flight deck crewmen and Marines offload an M-274 lightweight vehicle from a Marine CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter aboard the amphibious assault ship USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA-3). The Marines are a part of Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, who are returning from an operation held in Australia

Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class (BM2) Leo Grudzinski, aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2), gives a hand signal during preparations for underway refueling. The SAIPAN is taking part in Exercise Ocean Venture '81

A flight deck crewman aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) prepares for flight deck operations. The SAIPAN is taking part in exercise Ocean Venture '81

A right side view of a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter preparing to touch down on the deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during exercise Ocean Venture '81

LT. Manuel Otero Panelas, Spanish air operations officer, talks to another officer aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2). U.S. and Spanish naval forces are taking part in exercise Ocean Venture '81

A port view of the island aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2). CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters are on deck. The SAIPAN is taking part in exercise Ocean Venture '81

Flight deck crewmen aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LPH-2) take a break as they watch U.S. and Spanish ships perform maneuvering exercises. The ships are taking part in exercise Ocean Venture '81

A crewman aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during exercise Ocean Venture '81

LCDR Miguel Fernandez, liaison officer for Spanish Destroyer Squadron 21, and CAPT J. W. Renard, commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) talk together aboard the SAIPAN. The SAIPAN is taking part in exercise Ocean Venture '81, a joint U.S. and Spanish naval exercise

A view of the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2), looking forward. CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters are lined up on the deck. The SAIPAN is taking part in exercise Ocean Venture '81

A crewman takes a sighting by sextant aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during exercise Ocean Venture '81

The flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2). The SAIPAN is participating in a joint U.S. and Spanish exercise, Ocean Venture '81

A crash crewman stands by ready for immediate action during flight deck operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2). The SAIPAN is taking part in Exercise Ocean Venture '81

CAPT J. W. Renard, commanding officer, relaxes for a moment aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during exercise Ocean Venture '81

A flight deck crewman aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) takes a break during exercise Ocean Venture '81

A port beam view of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) underway during exercise Ocean Venture '81

A starboard quarter view of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) underway. The SAIPAN is taking part in exercise Ocean Venture '81

CAPT J. W. Renard, commanding officer, seated, discusses plans with his executive officer and the watch officer aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during exercise Ocean Venture '81

A flight deck crewman aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) prepares a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter for flight. The SAIPAN is taking part in exercise Ocean Venture '81

Flight deck crewmen aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) stand in front of a row of parked CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters. The SAIPAN is taking part in exercise Ocean Venture '81

A port beam view of the Spanish amphibious assault ship DEDALO (PA-01), formerly the USS CABOT (CVT-3), in the foreground and the frigate BALEARES (F-71) participating in exercise Ocean Venture '81

LCDR Gene Gilbert monitors flight operations by phone aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2). The SAIPAN is taking part in exercise Ocean Venture '81

A right side view of a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during exercise Ocean Venture '81

A member of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 264 (HMM-264) takes a break aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2). The SAIPAN is taking part in exercise Ocean Venture '81

A CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter prepares for lift-off aboard the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during exercise Ocean Venture '81

Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters from the 34th Marine Amphibious Unit, embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS GUADALCANAL (LPH-7), fly near the Italian tank landing ships during the NATO exercise Display Determination '81

Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters from the 34th Marine Amphibious Unit, embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS GUADALCANAL (LPH-7), fly near the Italian tank landing ships nearing landing zones on the beach during the NATO exercise Display Determination '81

An LCM-8 is launched from the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during NATO exercise Display Determination '81

An H-53 Sea Stallion helicopter lifts off the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) during the NATO exercise Display Determination '81. The other helicopters are from left to right: an AH-1 Sea Cobra, an H-53 Sea Stallion and an H-46 Sea Knight

A view of helicopters on the deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2).The helicopters are, starting at left: an AH-1 Sea Cobra, two H-53 Sea Stallion and an H-46 Sea Knight. The ship and helicopters are involved in a NATO exercise Display Determination '81

A front view of a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk (Blackhawk) helicopter landing aboard the amphibious assault ship USS IWO JIMA (LPH-2)

A utility landing craft (LCU-1664) approaches the tank landing ship USS BARNSTABLE COUNTY (LST-1197) for the attachment of a ship-to-shore fuel line during Exercise Crisex '81. The amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) is also visible in the background

Two CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters lift off the deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) as two others prepare for take-off during the NATO exercise Display Determination '81 that took place September 19 to October 14, 1981

Marines from the 1ST Plt., Co. D, 2nd Assault Amphibious Bn., Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, bring troops ashore on LVTP-7 tracked landing vehicles during Exercise Crisex '81. The amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) and tank landing ship USS BARNSTABLE COUNTY (LST-1197) are visible in the background

A utility landing craft carrying an M-60 tank approaches the tank landing ship USS BARNSTABLE COUNTY (LST-1197) during Exercise Crisex '81. The amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) is also visible in the background

Elevated view of four CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters parked on the deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN during the NATO exercise Display Determination '81 that took place September 19 to October 14, 1981

A silhouetted port beam view of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2) and the tank landing ship USS BARNSTABLE COUNTY (LST-1197) underway during Exercise Crisex '81

The amphibious assault ship USS OKINAWA (LPH-3) was the home of Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines and Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 during their part in the 31st Marine Amphibious Unit's Kangaroo 4 (1981)

While docked, the amphibious assault ship USS OKINAWA (LPH-3) has open house for the public. A member of the Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (HMM-262) assists a young Australian in putting on a pilot's helmet while he sits in a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter. The 31st Marine Amphibious Unit is in Australia to participate in Kangaroo 4 (1981)

Marine M-60A1 tanks move through the woods in preparation to assault their objective during Kangaroo 4 (1981). The men and equipment are from the 31st Marine Amphibious Unit and headquartered aboard the amphibious assault ship USS OKINAWA (LPH-3)

An aerial port bow view of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2)

A starboard bow view of the Soviet Kildin class guided missile destroyer DDG-916 underway as seen from the deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA 2)

A starboard beam view of the Soviet Krivak I class guided missile Frigate FFG-916 underway as seen from the deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2)

A Marine CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter lifts off from the deck of the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2). Four other Sea Knights are also visible

Crewmen aboard the amphibious assault ship USS PELELIU (LHA 5) extinguish a simulated AV-8 Harrier aircraft fire (actually an A-4 Skyhawk aircraft) to demonstrate Navy readiness on the 40th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor

Crewmen aboard the amphibious assault ship USS PELELIU (LHA 5) extinguish a simulated AV-8 Harrier aircraft fire (actually an A-4 Skyhawk aircraft) to demonstrate Navy readiness on the 40th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor

Visiting observers and crewmen from the amphibious assault ship USS PELELIU (LHA 5) attend a picnic on the pier during a series of exercises taking place to demonstrate Navy readiness on the 40th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor

ENSIGN R. Hill, center, is frocked to Lieutenant Junior grade by Captain D.D. Timm, left, and Lieutenant Commander G. Casey aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA 1). The ceremony took place on the 40th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor

Crewmen aboard the amphibious assault ship USS PELELIU (LHA 5) recover the pilot of a "burning" AV-8 Harrier aircraft (actually an A-4 Skyhawk aircraft) during a demonstration of Navy readiness on the 40th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor