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Aerial View of the American Transport Ship LPD-1

Port quarter view of the amphibious transport dock USS DUBUQUE (LPD 8) underway during steering tests

Port bow view of the amphibious transport dock USS DUBUQUE (LPD 8) underway during steering tests

Aerial port quarter view of the fleet oiler USNS MARIAS (T-AO 57), left, refueling the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD 13) during an underway replenishment operation

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

An aerial port bow view of the amphibious transport dock USS DULUTH (LPD 6) underway

An aerial starboard bow view of the amphibious transport dock USS DULUTH (LPD 6) underway

An aerial view of the amphibious transport dock USS PONCE (LPD-15) and LVTP-7 tracked landing vehicles. The AMTRACs have just left the PONCE and are forming an assault formation to hit Scusset Beach

Marines and Navy men work together to unload an M-35A1 2 1/2-ton cargo truck from an LCM-8 mechanized landing craft. The equipment is coming from the amphibious transport dock USS AUSTIN (LPD-4). The 1ST Battalion, 6th Marines, are here for cold weather training

A bow view of the amphibious assault landing craft (AALC) "Jeff B" entering the well deck of the amphibious transport dock USS AUSTIN (LPD 4)

A Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14 (HM-14) RH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter lifts off the deck of the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD-13) during exercises conducted by Mine Countermeasures Task Group 1-81 (MCMTG 1-81). The task group, consisting of navy units from seven NATO countries, was formed to increase their mine countermeasures capabilities

Starboard view of the anchored amphibious assault transport dock USS AUSTIN (LPD 4)

Divers from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team Two, Detachment 40 (EOD-2, Detachment 40) arm two Mark 77 mine-neutralization charges while aboard the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD 13) during exercises conducted by Mine Countermeasures Task Group 1-81 (MCMTG 1-81). The task group, consisting of navy units from seven NATO countries, was formed to increase their mine countermeasures capabilities

A view of two helicopters as one of them takes off from the deck of the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD 13) during exercise conducted by Mine Countermeasures Task Group 1-81 (MCMTG 1-81). The task group, consisting of navy units from seven NATO countries, was formed to increase their mine countermeasures capabilities

A port view of minesweeping boat 51 (MSB-51) as seen from the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE'S (LPD-13) docking well as the boat approaches for entry. The Mine Countermeasures Task Group 1-81 (MCMTG 1-81), which consists of navy units from seven NATO countries, was formed to increase their mine countermeasures capabilities

Members from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team Two, Detachment 40 (EOD-2, Detachment 40) at work aboard the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD 13) during exercises conducted by Mine Countermeasures Task Group 1-81 (MCMTG 1-81). The task group, consisting of navy units from seven NATO countries, was formed to increase their mine countermeasures capabilities

A silhouetted port beam view of the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD-13) while anchored at night. During the day the NASHVILLE is the center of activity for exercises conducted by Mine Countermeasures Task Group 1-81 (MCMTG 1-81), which consists of navy units from seven NATO countries, and which was formed to increase their mine countermeasures capabilities

Members from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team Two, Detachment 40 (EOD-2, Detachment 40) at work aboard the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD 13) during exercises conducted by Mine Countermeasures Task Group 1-81 (MCMTG 1-81). The task group, consisting of navy units from seven NATO countries, was formed to increase their mine countermeasures capabilities

Members from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team Two, Detachment 40 (EOD-2, Detachment 40) at work aboard the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD 13) during exercises conducted by Mine Countermeasures Task Group 1-81 (MCMTG 1-81). The task group, consisting of navy units from seven NATO countries, was formed to increase their mine countermeasures capabilities

Divers from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team Two, Detachment 40 (EOD-2, Detachment 40) arm two Mark 77 mine-neutralization charges while aboard the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD 13) during exercises conducted by Mine Countermeasures Task Group 1-81 (MCMTG 1-81). The task group, consisting of navy units from seven NATO countries, was formed to increase their mine countermeasures capabilities

A starboard quarter view of the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD-13) during an exercise conducted by Mine Countermeasures Task Group 1-81 (MCMTG 1-81). The task group, consisting of navy units from seven NATO countries, was formed to increase their mine countermeasures capabilities

A flight deck crewman directs the pilot of a Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14 (HM-14) RH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter just before takeoff from the deck of the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD-13). The NASHVILLE and the helicopters aboard it are participating in Mine Countermeasures Task Group 1-81 (MCMTG 1-81) exercises to increase the mine countermeasures capabilities of the seven participating NATO countries

Signalman 3rd Class John Craig, with guitar, and Signalman Apprentice Randy Fields, with fiddle, play bluegrass music for Marines aboard the amphibious transport dock USS DENVER (LPD 9)

U.S. and Spanish ships cruise in formation during exercise Ocean Venture '81. The ships are led by the amphibious transport dock USS RALEIGH (LPD-1) and the tank landig ship USS BARNSTABLE COUNTRY (LST-1197)

Port beam view of the amphibious transport dock USS PONCE (LPD-15), during NATO exercise Display Determination '81

Bow view of the amphibious transport dock USS PONCE (LPD-15), during NATO exercise Display Determination '81

An aerial view of various ships and service craft, including the tank landing ship USS LA MOURE COUNTY (LST 1194), center, the dock landing ship USS PORTLAND (LSD 37) and the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD 13), left, moored at the Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek

An aerial view of various ships and service craft, including the tank landing ship USS LA MOURE COUNTY (LST 1194), right, the dock landing ship USS PORTLAND (LSD 37) and the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD 13), left, moored at the Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek

An LCM-8 mechanized landing craft carriers an M-60A1 tank of the 31st Marine Amphibious Unit (31st MAU) to shore during Exercise Kangaroo 4. The amphibious transport dock USS DENVER (LPD-9) is in the background

The docking control officer communicates with the bridge of the amphibious transport dock USS AUSTIN (LPD-4) during OPERATION SOLID SHIELD, taking place off the coast of North Carolina

U.S. Marines discuss strategy with the first lieutenant aboard the amphibious transport dock USS AUSTIN (LPD-4) during OPERATION SOLID SHIELD

A U. S. Marine aboard the amphibious transport dock USS AUSTIN (LPD-4) scans the horizon with binoculars while participating in OPERATION SOLID SHIELD, underway off the coast of North Carolina

PH2 Michael Poche Alaska....Sideboys salute as Vice President J. Danforth Quayle and Marilyn Quayle arrive aboard the amphibious transport dock USS Juneau (LPD-10). Quayle is visiting Alaska to review government efforts to combat the massive oil spill which occurred when the commercial tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground while transiting the waters of Prince William Sound on March 24th. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

Inchon, South Korea....Equipment is offloaded from the amphibious transport dock USS Dubuque (LPD-8) during exercise Bear Hunt '87. OFFICIAL U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO (RELEASED)

PH1 DeWayne Smith Persian Gulf....Marines stand by during operations aboard the dock landing ship USS Dubuque (LPD-8). OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

PH1 Paul Pappas San Diego....A port view of the amphibious transport dock USS Juneau (LPD-10) departing for Alaska. The vessel will be used in efforts to clean up the massive oil spill which occurred when the commercial tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground while transiting the waters of Prince William Sound on March 24th. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

PH1 DeWayne Smith Bahrain....A port bow view of the amphibious transport dock USS Dubuque (LPD-8) tied up at a pier. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

STAFF SGT. Pierre Inchon, South Korea....Marines wait with their gear for transportation to Uncheon Base Camp after disembarking from the amphibious transport dock USS Dubuque (LPD-8). The Marines are in South Korea for exercise Bear Hunt '87. OFFICIAL U

PH2 Michael Poche Alaska....Vice President J. Danforth Quayle addresses the crew of the amphibious transport dock USS Juneau (LPD-10) as CAPT. Ted Willandt, commanding officer, stands by. Quayle is visiting Alaska to review government efforts to combat the massive oil spill which occurred when the commercial tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground while transiting the waters of Prince William Sound on March 24th. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

A utility landing craft (LCU-1665) departs the well-deck of the amphibious transport dock USS DULUTH (LPD-6) during exercise Team Spirit '82

PH2 Michael Poche Alaska....Sideboys salute as Vice President J. Danforth Quayle and Marilyn Quayle arrive aboard the amphibious transport dock USS Juneau (LPD-10). Quayle is visiting Alaska to review government efforts to combat the massive oil spill which occurred when the commercial tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground while transiting the waters of Prince William Sound on March 24th. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

PH1 DeWayne Smith Persian Gulf....A bow view of the amphibious transport dock USS Dubuque (LPD-8) being assisted by large harbor tugs. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

PH1 DeWayne Smith Persian Gulf....A port quarter view of the amphibious transport dock USS Dubuque (LPD-8) as two PBR Mark II patrol boats pass by. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO (RELEASED)

Right side profile of two Marine Armored Amphibious Vehicles (AAV) emerges from the surf, from left to right, onto the beach at Mogadishu Airport. They are from the 15th Marine Expeditionary force unit BLT 2/9, Camp Pendleton, California. The AAVs were deployed from the Austin Class; Amphibious Transport Dock Ship USS JUNEAU (LPD 10) (not shown) as part of Operation Restore Hope

An aerial view of ships anchored. The ships are, from front to back, the Spanish ship DEDALO (PA-01), the amphibious transport dock USS RALEIGH (LPD-1)and the amphibious assault ship USS SAIPAN (LHA-2)

An aerial port beam view of the Austin-class amphibious transport dock ship USS DULUTH (LPD 6) supporting a Marine Corps amphibious beach assault exercise

Landing craft prepare to return to the wet well aboard the amphibious transport dock USS DUBUQUE (LPD-8) during exercise Team Spirit '82

U.S. Marine jeeps are lined up waiting to be loaded aboard the amphibious transport dock USS DUBUQUE (LPD-8) during exercise Team Spirit '82

Boatswain's mates aboard the amphibious transport dock USS DUBUQUE (LPD-8) direct the onloading of jeeps during exercise Team Spirit '82

Jeeps are loaded aboard the amphibious transport dock USS DUBUQUE (LPD-8) for the trip to South Korea during exercise Team Spirit '82

Electronics Warfare Technician 2nd Class (EW2) Mike Cornett, a crewman aboard the amphibious transport dock USS TRENTON (LPD-14), is serving a tour of duty with the Hometown Assistant to Recruiting Program (HARP)

U.S. Marines walk down to the pier to board the amphibious assault ship USS TRIPOLI (LPH-10), right, and the amphibious transport dock USS DUBUQUE (LPD-8) to participate in exercise Team Spirit '82

A jeep is hoisted aboard the amphibious transport dock USS DUBUQUE (LPD-8) for the trip to South Korea during exercise Team Spirit '82

A port beam view of the amphibious transport dock USS SHREVEPORT (LPD-12) at anchor. Four CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters are in flight over the ship. The SHREVEPORT and the helicopters are taking part in Operation Ocean Venture '82

A utility landing craft prepares to leave the docking well of the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD-13). The LCU is being used to aid in the evacuation of approximately 600 Americans and third nation personnel from Beirut

A port quarter view of the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD-13). The NASHVILLE, part of Task Group 6, is taking part in the transfer of Americans and third nation personnel from Juniyah, Lebanon, to Larnaca, Cyprus

A utility landing craft departs the docking well of the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD-13). The LCU is being used to aid in the evacuation of approximately 600 Americans and third nation personnel from Beirut

Stern view of the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD-13), with docking well open to allow the departure of a utility landing craft (LCU). The LCU is being used to aid in the evacuation of approximately 600 Americans and third nation personnel from Beirut

A port bow view of the utility landing craft (LCU-1653). The LCU is being used to assist on the transfer of approximately 600 Americans and third nation personnel, to the amphibious ships USS NASHVILLE (LPD-13) and USS HERMITAGE (LSD-34), during the evacuation from Beirut

Navy personnel check people coming aboard a utility landing craft. Approximately 600 Americans and third nation personnel are being transferred to the amphibious ships USS NASHVILLE (LPD-13) and USS HERMITAGE (LSD-34) during the evacuation from Beirut

A port quarter view of the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD-13). The NASHVILLE is being used in the evacuation of approximately 600 Americans and third nation personnel from Beirut

The docking well of the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD-13) opens as a utility landing craft prepares to depart. The LCU is being used to aid in the evacuation of approximately 600 Americans and third nation personnel from Beirut

A utility landing craft, filled with evacuees, departs the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD-13). Approximately 600 Americans and third nation personnel have been evacuated from Beirut and transferred here

A view of the AN/SPS-40 air search radar aboard the Austin class amphibious transport dock USS OGDEN (LPD-5)

A U.S. Marine beachmaster directs the offloading of amphibious vehicles from the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD-13). U.S. Marines have been assigned to Lebanon as part of a multinational peacekeeping force following a confrontation between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization

A U.S. Marine lighter amphibious resupply cargo vehicle (LARC-V) moves toward the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD-13). U.S. Marines have been assigned to Lebanon as part of a multinational peacekeeping force following a confrontation between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization

Utility landing craft carrying U.S. Marines and supplies leave the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD-13). U.S. Marines have been assigned to Lebanon as part of a multinational peacekeeping force following a confrontation between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization

Two U.S. Marine lighter amphibious resupply cargo vehicles (LARC-V) leave the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD-13). U.S. Marines have been assigned to Lebanon as part of the multinational peacekeeping force following a confrontation between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization

Minesweeping boat (MSB-51) debarks from the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS NASHVILLE (LPD-13)

Commandant of the Marine Corps GEN Robert H. Barrow speaks to Marines and sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD-13)

A horizontal starboard bow view of the amphibious transport dock USS AUSTIN (LPD-4) off the South American coast during Exercise Unitas XXI

Commandant of the Marine Corps GEN Robert H. Barrow speaks to Marines and sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD-13)

A U.S. Marine lighter amphibious resupply cargo vehicle (LARC-V) moves toward the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD-13). U.S. Marines have been assigned to Lebanon as part of a multinational peacekeeping force following a confrontation between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization

General Robert H. Barrow, Commandant of the Marine Corps, prepares to depart the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD 13) aboard a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter during the deployment of Marines participating in a multinational peacekeeping operation

Commandant of the Marine Corps, GEN Robert H. Barrow, has lunch with Marine and Navy officers in the wardroom of the amphibious transport-dock ship USS NASHVILLE (LPD-13), during the deployment of Marines participating in a multinational peacekeeping operation

Commandant of the Marine Corps, GEN Robert H. Barrow, speaks to Marines and Navy crewmen aboard the amphibious transport-dock ship USS NASHVILLE (LPD-13) during their deployment to participate in a multinational peacekeeping operation

General Robert H. Barrow, Commandant of the Marine Corps, salutes after exiting a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter aboard the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD 13) during the first deployment of Marines to participate in a multinational peacekeeping operation

General Robert H. Barrow, Commandant of the Marine Corps, speaks to Marines and Navy crewmen aboard the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD13) during their deployment to participate in a multinational peacekeeping operation

General Robert H. Barrow, Commandant of the Marine Corps, speaks to Marines and Navy crewmen aboard the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD13) aboard a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter during their deployment to participate in a multinational peacekeeping operation

Austin Class USS JUNEAU (LPD 10), "The Mighty J," ported at Sasebo, Japan, underway. Exact date shot unknown

Aerial starboard bow view of the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD-13) off the coast of Lebanon, during a multinational peacekeeping operation. The ship was deployed here after a confrontation took place between Israeli forces and the Palestine Liberation Organization

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class (ABH-2) Leroy V. Young directs a Marine CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopter lifting a 2 1/2-ton truck from the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock USS AUSTIN (LPD-4). The truck will be taken ashore to be used by U.S. Marines assigned to a multinational peacekeeping force in Beirut, Lebanon

A left side view of a Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter lifting an M198 155 mm howitzer from the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock USS AUSTIN (LPD 4). The AUSTIN is deployed off the coast of Beirut, Lebanon in support of the United States contingent of the multinational peacekeeping force

A view of the mast of the amphibious transport dock USS TRENTON (LPD-14) with an SPS-10 surface search radar antenna above an SPS-40 air search radar antenna. To the right atop small lattice mast is a AS-3018/WSC-1 satellite receiving antenna

A starboard beam view of the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD 13) undergoing an overhaul at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard

A view of the stern section of the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD 13) undergoing an overhaul at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard

An aerial starboard view of the fleet oiler USS PLATTE (AO 186), center, participating in an underway replenishment operation with the amphibious assault ship USS NASSAU (LHA 4), top, and the amphibious transport dock USS RALEIGH (LPD 1)

An aerial bow view of the fleet oiler USS PLATTE (AO-186), center, participating in an underway replenishment operation with the amphibious assault ship USS NASSAU (LHA-4), right. The amphibious transport dock USS RALEIGH (LPD-1) is in the background

An aerial bow view of the fleet oiler USS PLATTE (AO-186), center, participating in an underway replenishment operation with the amphibious assault ship USS NASSAU (LHA-4), right and the amphibious transport dock USS RALEIGH (LPD-1)

An aerial port view of the fleet oiler USS PLATTE (AO 186), center, participating in an underway replenishment operation with the amphibious assault ship USS NASSAU (LHA 4), below, and the amphibious transport dock USS RALEIGH (LPD 1)

An aerial starboard bow view of the amphibious transport dock ship USS DENVER (LPD 9) underway

Marines from 1ST Battalion, 3rd Marines, board a CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 265 (HMH-265) 1ST Marine Brigade, aboard the amphibious transport dock USS DUBUQUE (LPD 8), in support of Operation KERNEL BLITZ

An elevated port bow of the amphibious transport dock USS TRENTON (LPD 14) underway off the coast of Lebanon. A tank landing ship is in the background

A starboard bow view of the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD 13)

A bow view of the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD 13)

A starboard quarter view (aft) of the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD 13)

The upper decks and mast on the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD 13)

A port quarter view of the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD 13)

A starboard quarter view (forward) of the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD 13)

A port bow view of the amphibious transport dock USS NASHVILLE (LPD 13)