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A BGM-109 Tomahawk cruise missile is launched from its Mark 41 vertical launch system aboard the Destroyer USS FIFE (DD-991) during Operation Desert Storm.

Six F/A-18A Hornet aircraft of the US Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron fly in a delta formation near the San Diego-Coronado Bridge

An Aerospace Audiovisual Service crew of videographers and photographers set up an Immarsat satellite transmitter on the sand during Operation DESERT STORM in Saudi Arabia. Exact Date Shot Unknown

F-16C Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft of the 421st Tactical Fighter Wing line an airfield prior to a mission during Operation Desert Storm.

A member of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 2 (HC-2) looks out the open door of an SH-3 Sea King helicopter as it flies out to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) in the aftermath of Operation Desert Storm

A Helicopter Light Anti-submarine Squadron 34 (HSL-34) SH-2F Seasprite helicopter lifts off from the flight deck of the guided missile cruiser USS TICONDEROGA (CG-47) during Operation Desert Shield

A soldier in an M998 High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) communicates with his unit prior to taking part in loading operations in support of Operation Desert Shield. Equipment will be loaded aboard the rapid-response vehicle cargo ship USNS ALGOL (T-AKR-287), docked in the background, for transportation to Saudi Arabia

An M-1 Abrams main battle tank is loaded aboard the rapid-response vehicle cargo ship USNS REGULUS (T-AKR-292) for transportation to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Shield

An M-1 Abrams main battle tank is loaded aboard the rapid-response vehicle cargo ship USNS REGULUS (T-AKR-292) for transportation to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Shield

An M-1 Abrams main battle tank is loaded aboard the rapid-response vehicle cargo ship USNS REGULUS (T-AKR-292) for transportation to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Shield

Water level markings on the hull indicate the depth of immersion of the heavy lift ship SUPER SERVANT 3. The vessel will be used to transport ocean minesweepers and other equipment to the Persian Gulf in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait

Commercial harbor tugs position the mine countermeasures ship USS AVENGER (MCM-1) on the submerged deck of the Dutch heavy lift ship SUPER SERVANT III. The AVENGER, along with several ocean minesweepers, will be transported to Persian Gulf in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) is docked in the background, behind the SUPER SERVANT

The mine countermeasure ship USS AVENGER (MCM-1) and the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) are docked at the pier prior to deployment to the Persian Gulf in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait

Dock workers unload wooden blocks which will be used to chock equipment bound for the Persian Gulf. Several U.S. Navy ships are departing Norfolk for deployment to the Middle East in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait

Sailors say goodbye to their loved ones as they prepare to deploy the Persian Gulf in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait

Water level markings on the hull indicate the depth of immersion of the heavy lift ship SUPER SERVANT 3. The vessel will be used to transport ocean minesweepers and other equipment to the Persian Gulf in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait

Crew members stand at the railing of the heavy lift ship SUPER SERVANT 3. The vessel will be used to transport ocean minesweepers and other equipment to the Persian Gulf in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait

A commercial harbor tug guides the mine countermeasure ship USS AVENGER (MCM-1) away from the pier as the vessel departs for the Persian Gulf in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait

Sailors board the dock landing ship USS PENSACOLA (LSD-38) as they prepare for deployment to the Persian Gulf in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait

A port bow view of the amphibious command ship USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19) moored at Manama. The BLUE RIDGE is serving as command ship of U.S. Naval Forces, Central Command, during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Exact Date Shot Unknown

A close-up portrait of LT. GEN. Charles Horner, commander of 9th Air Force and U.S. Central Command Air Forces, as he is interviewed by AIRMAN Magazine during Operation Desert Storm

A U.S. Coast Guard boarding crew from the guided missile destroyer USS GOLDSBOROUGH (DDG-20) departs the Iraqi merchant ship Zanoobia after an inspection of its cargo during Operation Desert Shield

A starboard quarter view of the guided missile frigate USS NICHOLAS (FFG-47) underway in support of Operation Desert Shield

An M-110A2 8-inch self-propelled howitzer of Btry. T, 5th Bn., 5th Marine Regt., 1ST Marine Div., stands beneath camouflage netting in a Marine base camp during Operation Desert Storm

Navy combat artist CMDR. John Charles Roach, USNR-R, uses a 35mm slide for reference as he works on a portrait in his shop at the Washington Navy Yard. Roach is doing a series of paintings on Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm

Navy combat artist CMDR. John Charles Roach, USNR-R, sorts through watercolor paintings in his shop at the Washington Navy Yard. Roach is doing a series of paintings on Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm

M-109 launching stations for the MIM-104 Patriot missile stand ready for use during Operation Desert Shield

Navy combat artist CMDR. John Charles Roach, USNR-R, combines colors on his palette as he works on a portrait in his shop at the Washington Navy Yard. Roach is doing a series of paintings on Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm

Navy combat artist CDR John Charles Roach, USNR-R, works on a portrait in his shop at the Washington Navy Yard. Roach is doing a series of paintings on Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Navy combat artist CMDR. John Charles Roach, USNR-R, works on a portrait in his shop at the Washington Navy Yard. Roach is doing a series of paintings on Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm

Navy combat artist CMDR. John Charles Roach, USNR-R, sorts through photographs to use as subjects for painting in his shop at the Washington Navy Yard. Roach is doing a series of paintings on Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm

Navy combat artist CMDR. John Charles Roach, USNR-R, sorts through watercolor paintings in his shop at the Washington Navy Yard. Roach is doing a series of paintings on Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm

Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney speaks with a members on the 1ST Marine Division while visiting the unit's base camp during Operation Desert Shield

The VC-135 Stratolifter aircraft of the Joint Chiefs of STAFF stands on the flight line at A1-Jubayl Airport in preparation for transporting senior Military commanders taking part in Operation Desert Shield

Crew members aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) secure a distance line in preparation for underway replenishment between the COMFORT and the Canadian operational support ship HMCS PROTECTEUR (AOR-509). The vessels are deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

A close-up view of Mark 7 16-inch 50-caliber guns on the battleship USS WISCONSIN (BB-64) as the vessel is underway during Operation Desert Storm. A British BAe Nimrod aircraft flies near the vessel in the background.

Medical personnel move simulated casualties during a drill aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20). The vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

A starboard bow view of the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20). The vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 install electrical wiring in a tent frame in a Marine camp which is being built during Operation Desert Storm. Exact Date Shot Unknown

A BGM-109 Tomahawk land-attack missile (TLAN) is launched from a Mark 143 armored box launcher (ABL) aboard the battleship USS WISCONSIN (BB-64) during Operation Desert Storm

Two Fighter Squadron 32 (VF-32) F-14A Tomcat aircraft bank toward the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) during Operation Desert Storm

Crew members check inventory records aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) as the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

Members of the 614th Tactical Fighter Squadron listen during a briefing on the first daylight attack of Operation Desert Storm.

Explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) divers board an inflatable boat as they prepare to head out into the harbor to search for Iraqi mines. U.S. and coalition EOD units are clearing mines and other ordnance from Kuwait's harbors following Operation Desert Storm

Seabee Floyd B. Jeffreys of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 constructs a tent frame in a Marine camp which is being built during Operation Desert Storm. Exact Date Shot Unknown

A crew member watches from the railing of the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) as the Canadian operational support ship HMCS PROTECTEUR (AOR-509) approaches to take part in underway replenishment operations. Both vessels are deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

A Seabee of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 attaches screening to a tent frame in a Marine camp which is being built during Operation Desert Storm. Exact Date Shot Unknown

An officer instructs a crew member on the bridge of the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) as the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

Squadron Commander LT. COL. Bruce Wright, at podium, brief members of the 614th Tactical Fighter Squadron on the first daylight attack of Operation Desert Storm.

A Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 1 (HC-1) CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter prepares to land aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) while the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

A nurse checks the paperwork of a simulated casualty during a drill aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) while the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

GUNNERY personnel aboard the battleship USS WISCONSIN (BB-64) stand by for the launch of a BGM-109 Tomahawk land-attack missile during Operation Desert Storm

Two members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Detachment Mobile Unit 6 examine an Iraqi mine that washed ashore. U.S. and coalition EOD units are clearing mines and other ordnance from Kuwait's harbors following Operation Desert Storm

An HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter from Helicopter Combat Search and Rescue/Special Warfare Support Squadron 4 (HCS-4) of Norfolk, Va., takes off in the sand for a search and rescue mission at the start of Operation Desert Storm.

An SH-3H Sea King helicopter hovers over the flight deck of the combat stores ship USS NIAGARA FALLS (AFS-3) while several bundles are hoisted aboard during Operation Desert Storm

A member of the 101st Airborne Division reads the newspaper while waiting for transportation to his duty station at the start of Operation Desert Storm.

Several GBU-16B/B Paveway II laser-guided bombs rest on bomb skids on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) during Operation Desert Storm. A Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 130 (VAQ-130) EA-6B Prowler aircraft, left, and an Attack Squadron 75 (VA-75) A-6E Intruder aircraft are in the background

Air traffic controllers monitor activity on the helicopter deck control station of the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) while the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

Two Navy journalists edit videotape at the Joint Information Bureau during Operation Desert Storm.

Three Marines climb the side of a berm as they move forward into attack positions during Operation DESERT STORM

Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 install electrical wiring in a tent frame in a Marine camp which is being built during Operation Desert Storm. Exact Date Shot Unknown

Members of the 42nd Aerial Port Squadron load baggage on a C-5 Galaxy aircraft bound for Operation Desert Storm. The C-5, from the 60th Military Airlift Wing, Travis Air Force Base, Calif., will also take on passengers before continuing east

A Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 1 (HC-1) CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter takes off from the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) as the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

An HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter from Helicopter Combat Search and Rescue/Special Warfare Support Squadron 4 (HCS-4) of Norfolk, Va., is prepared for a search and rescue mission at the start of Operation Desert Storm.

Crew members take part in a firefighting drill aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) as the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

An officer instructs medical personnel aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) while the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 74 install electrical wiring in a tent frame in a Marine camp which is being built during Operation Desert Storm. Exact Date Shot Unknown

A member of an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) stows a piece of equipment on the pier. U.S. and coalition EOD units are clearing mines and other ordnance from Kuwait's harbors following Operation Desert Storm

A pilot walks toward his SH-3 Sea King helicopter after delivering supplies aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) while the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

Medical personnel confer aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) as the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

Six F-14A Tomcat and an A-6E Intruder aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW-1) conduct an in-flight refueling with an Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft while en route to their target during Operation Desert Storm. CVW-1 is deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66).

Medical personnel coordinate information at a scheduling station aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) while the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

Crew members aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) prepare for underway replenishment operations between the COMFORT and the Canadian operational support ship HMCS PROTECTEUR (AOR-509). The vessels are deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

An officer instructs medical personnel aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) while the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

A hospital corpsman checks a plasma sample in a laboratory aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) during Operation Desert Storm

A crew member exits from the main operating area aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) while the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

Medical personnel tend to a simulated casualty during a drill aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20). The vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

A view from the cockpit of a Fighter Squadron 32 (VF-32) F-14A Tomcat aircraft as it flies beneath a U.S. Air Force KC-135E Stratotanker aircraft prior to an in-flight refueling during Operation Desert Storm. VF-32 is based aboard the aircraft carrier USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67), which is on station in the Red Sea

A BGM-109 Tomahawk land-attack missile takes to the air after being launched from the battleship USS WISCONSIN (BB-64) during Operation Desert Storm

A member of Marine Light Helicopter Squadron 767 (HML-767) fires a .50-caliber M-2 machine gun from the door of a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter during during Operation DESERT STORM

Medical personnel converse aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) while the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

F-16A Flight Falcon fighter aircraft from the Air National Guard's 174th Tactical Fighter Wing, Hancock Field, N.Y., armed with Mark 84 2,000-pound bombs, stand ready for a mission at the start of Operation Desert Storm.

GUNNER's Mate 3rd Class Matthew Groenewold, Boatswain's Mate 1ST Class Glenn T. Wade and Machinery Technician 3rd Class Eric Glenn, members of the U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET), stand by aboard the guided missile destroyer USS WILLIAM V. PRATT (DDG-44) prior to inspecting the Turkish freighter Rize K., the first vessel approved by the United Nations to deliver humanitarian aid to Iraq. LEDET team members are helping the Maritime Interdiction Force enforce U.S. sanctions against Iraq during Operation Desert Storm

Hull Technician 1ST Class Jeff Simons, left, a member of a U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team, examines a device with members of an Australian EOD unit. U.S. and coalition EOD units are clearing mines and other ordnance from Kuwait's harbors following Operation Desert Storm

A chief petty officer returning from Operation Desert Storm salutes as he makes his way down the gangplank

A BGM-109 Tomahawk land-attack missile (TLAN) heads toward an Iraqi target after being launched from the battleship USS WISCONSIN (BB-64) during Operation Desert Storm

SENIOR AIRMAN Brian Robinson from the 3rd Equipment Maintenance Squadron prepares to load cases of Mark 20 anti-tank bombs onto a truck for shipment to Operation Desert Storm

A Fighter Squadron 33 (VF-33) F-14A Tomcat aircraft flies a combat air patrol (CAP) during Operation Desert Storm. VF-33 is embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66).

Crew members receive information regarding operating room schedules aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) while the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

A Fighter Squadron 33 (VF-33) F-14A Tomcat aircraft passes over the desert while returning to the aircraft carrier USS AMERICA (CV 66) after a mission during Operation Desert Storm.

A BGM-109 land-attack missile (TLAM) rises into the air after being launched against an Iraqi target by the destroyer USS FIFE (DD-991) during Operation Desert Storm.

Hospital Corpsman 1ST Class Paul Gunther operates the control console as a patient receives a computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) during Operation Desert Storm

A crowd marches near the White House to show their support for Operation Desert Storm

Crew members check inventory records aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) as the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

A nurse records information on a chart aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20). The vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

An HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter from Helicopter Combat Search and Rescue/Special Warfare Support Squadron 4 (HCS-4) of Norfolk, Va., takes off in the sand for a search and rescue mission at the start of Operation Desert Storm.

An air boss takes a break aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) as the vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

Medical personnel prepare to X-ray a simulated patient aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20). The vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm

An F-16C Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft of the 363rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., takes off during the second wave of the air attack on Iraq in support of Operation Desert Storm. The Falcon is armed with Mark 84 2,000-pound bombs mounted under its wings and AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles on its wing tips.

A flight deck crew member stands by following the landing of a Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 1 (HC-1) CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20). The vessel is deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm