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A port quarter view of the amphibious transport dock USS OGDEN (LPD-5) at anchor during Operation Desert Shield

CDR Michael A. Garza, USN.CO of USS OGDEN (LPD 5)

The USS OGDEN (LPD 5), a 570 foot Navy amphibious transport dock ship from San Diego, California, is parked at the pier in Ketchikan, Alaska, in support of Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001, Alaska's premier joint training exercise. The two week long exercise is a combined effort with military forces from all over North America

The USS OGDEN (LPD 5), a 570 foot Navy amphibious transport dock ship from San Diego, California, is parked at the pier in Ketchikan, Alaska, in support of Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001, Alaska's premier joint training exercise. The two week long exercise is a combined effort with military forces from all over North America

The USS OGDEN (LPD 5), a 570 foot Navy amphibious transport dock ship from San Diego, California, is parked at the pier in Ketchikan, Alaska, in support of Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001, Alaska's premier joint training exercise. The two week long exercise is a combined effort with military forces from all over North America

Private Jed Michael, 297th Infantry Regiment, Alaska Army National Guard, Juneau, Alaska, stands guard with an M16 rifle as Ketchikan, Alaska, citizens (not shown) are transported to the USS OGDEN (LPD 5) a 570 foot Navy amphibious transport dock ship, San Diego, California, during a Non-combatant Evacuation Operation conducted during Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001

US Navy Boatswain's Mate First Class Craig Polling from Navy Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 102, Spokane, Washington, stands guard with an M16 rifle as Ketchikan, Alaska, citizens (not shown) are transported to the USS OGDEN (LPD 5) a 570 foot Navy amphibious transport dock ship, San Diego, California, during a Non-combatant Evacuation Operation conducted during Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001

A boat from Navy Inshore Boat Unit 12, Seattle, Washington, provides port security as the defend the USS OGDEN (LPD 5) (not shown) a 570 foot Navy amphibious transport dock ship, San Diego, California, from opposing forces during Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001

A boat from Navy Inshore Boat Unit 12, Seattle, Washington, provides port security as they defend the USS OGDEN (LPD 5) (not shown) a 570 foot Navy amphibious transport dock ship, San Diego, California, from opposing forces during Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001

A boat from Navy Inshore Boat Unit 12, Seattle, Washington, provides port security as they defend the USS OGDEN (LPD 5) (not shown) a 570 foot Navy amphibious transport dock ship, San Diego, California, from opposing forces during Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001

Private Thad Mills, 297th Infantry Regiment, Alaska Army National Guard, Juneau, Alaska, stands guard with an M60 machine gun as Ketchikan, Alaska, citizens (not shown) board the USS OGDEN (LPD 5) (not shown) a 570 foot Navy amphibious transport dock ship, San Diego, California, during a Non-combatant Evacuation Operation conducted during Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001

Members of Echo Company, Fourth Marine Reconnaissance Battalion, Anchorage, Alaska, return from simulating an attack the USS OGDEN (LPD 5) (not shown), a 570-foot Navy amphibious transport dock ship from San Diego, California, during Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001

US Marine Corps Sergeant Paul Rochford from Echo Company, Fourth Marine Reconnaissance Battalion, Anchorage, Alaska, cruises the waters near the USS OGDEN (LPD 5) a 570 foot Navy amphibious transport dock ship, San Diego, California, during Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001

Members of Navy Inshore Boat Unit 12, Seattle, Washington, man .50 caliber machine guns as they provide port security for the USS OGDEN (LPD 5) (not shown) a 570 foot Navy amphibious transport dock ship, San Diego, California, during Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001

Brian Clay, 297th Infantry Regiment, Alaska Army National Guard, Juneau, Alaska, stands guard with an M16 rifle as Ketchikan, Alaska, citizens (not shown) board the USS OGDEN (LPD 5) a 570 foot Navy amphibious transport dock ship, San Diego, California, during a Non-combatant Evacuation Operation conducted during Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001

Citizens of Ketchikan, Alaska, board the USS OGDEN (LPD 5), a 570 foot Navy amphibious transport dock ship from San Diego, California, during a Non-combatant Evacuation Operation conducted during Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001

While USS OGDEN is anchored in picturesque Ketchikan, Alaska, Inshore Boat Unit (IBU)-12, Washington, patrols the surrounding waters to provide protection during Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 01. An extreme weather exercise, NORTHERN EDGE is Alaska's premier joint training exercise involving military units from all over North America during a two weeks period

In swirling winds, fog and pounding rains, Private First Class Thad Mills of the 297th Army Infantry Alaskan National Guard, Alpha Company, sets up concertina wire in order to provide dock security support for the USS OGDEN (LPD 5) while deployed to Ketchikan, Alaska, during Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001. Northern Edge is Alaska's premier joint training exercise and it lasts for two weeks. Over 10,000 Canadian and United States forces combine to practice protecting Alaska and it's borders

US Navy Lieutenant Minh Nguyen, Medical Officer, USS OGDEN (LPD 5), prepares to paint the multi-purpose room of the Salvation Army in Ketchikan, Alaska. LT Nguyen is one of the 10,000 military members from different military installations from all over North America participating in Exercise NORTHERN EDGE. Northern Edge is Alaska's premier joint training exercise and it lasts for two weeks. Canadian and United States forces combine to practice protecting Alaska and it's borders. (Substandard image)

SENIOR AIRMAN April Safford, Ketchikan Joint Information Bureau (JIB), interviews Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class (BM3)Derrick Hollenbeck, Mobile Inshore Undersea Warefare (MIUW) 102 as he stands perimeter watch for USS OGDEN during Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 01. An extreme weather exercise, NORTHERN EDGE is Alaska's premier joint training exercise involving military units from all over North America during a two weeks period

In swirling winds, fog and pounding rains, members of the 297th Army Infantry Alaskan National Guard, Alpha Company, prepare to provide dock security support for the USS OGDEN (LPD 5) (not shown) while deployed to Ketchikan, Alaska, during Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001. Northern Edge is Alaska's premier joint training exercise and it lasts for two weeks. Over 10,000 Canadian and United States forces combine to practice protecting Alaska and it's borders

While USS OGDEN is anchored in picturesque Ketchikan, Inshore Boat Unit (IBU)-12, Washington, patrols the surrounding waters to provide protection during Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 01. An extreme weather exercise, NORTHERN EDGE is Alaska's premier joint training exercise involving military units from all over North America during a two weeks period

Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Derrick Hollenbeck, Mobile Inshore Undersea Warefare (MIUW) 102, stands ready on the perimeter guarding USS OGDEN with M-16A2 at the ready during Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 01. An extreme weather exercise, NORTHERN EDGE is Alaska's premier joint training exercise involving military units from all over North America during a two weeks period

In swirling winds and pounding rains, US Marine Corps Lance Corporal Daniel Kaupilla films the 297th Army Infantry Alaskan National Guard, Alpha Company as they march to the USS OGDEN (LPD 5) (not shown) in order to provide dock security support while deployed to Ketchikan, Alaska, during Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001. Northern Edge is Alaska's premier joint training exercise and it lasts for two weeks. Over 10,000 Canadian and United States forces combine to practice protecting Alaska and it's borders

US Navy Sonar Technician Surface Second Class Rob Soderlund a lookout observer from the USS OGDEN (LPD 5) a 570 foot Navy amphibious transport dock ship, San Diego, California, scans the waters of Ketchikan, Alaska, during Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001

STAFF Sergeant Jim George from the 3rd 297th Infantry Regiment, Alaska Army National Guard, Juneau, Alaska, communicates with his troops as they guard the entry control point of the compound that surrounds the USS OGDEN (LPD 5) a 570 foot Navy amphibious transport dock ship, San Diego, California, during Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001

Members of Echo Company, Fourth Marine Reconnaissance Battalion, Anchorage, Alaska, pose as aggressors as they attack the USS OGDEN (LPD 5) (not shown) a 570 foot Navy amphibious transport dock ship, San Diego, California, which came to Kethikan, Alaska, to participate in Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001

Private First Class Joaquin Romero from the 297th Infantry Regiment, Alaska Army National Guard, Juneau, Alaska, stands guard at his post at the entry control point of the compound that surrounds the USS OGDEN (LPD 5) (not shown) a 570 foot Navy amphibious transport dock ship, San Diego, California, in support of Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001

In swirling winds, fog and pounding rains, Sergeant Matt Roeber of the 297th Army Infantry Alaskan National Guard, Alpha Company, helps provide dock security support for the USS OGDEN (LPD 5) (not shown) while deployed to Ketchikan, Alaska, during Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001. Northern Edge is Alaska's premier joint training exercise and it lasts for two weeks. Over 10,000 Canadian and United States forces combine to practice protecting Alaska and it's borders

297th Army Infantry Alaskan National Guard, Alpha Company march to the USS OGDEN (LPD 5) (not shown) in order to provide dock security support while deployed to Ketchikan, Alaska, during Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001. Northern Edge is Alaska's premier joint training exercise and it lasts for two weeks. Over 10,000 Canadian and United States forces combine to practice protecting Alaska and it's borders

The USS OGDEN (LPD 5) a 570 foot Navy amphibious transport dock ship from San Diego, California, arrives in Ketchikan, Alaska to particiapte in Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001

US Air Force SENIOR AIRMAN Demarrio Spence, US Air Force Videographer, 3rd Communications Squadron, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, and US Army Journalist, SPECIALIST William Shelton, 20th Public Affairs Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska, interview US Navy PETTY Officer First Class Trevor Comstock from Navy Inshore Boat Unit 12, Seattle, Washington, during Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001. The USS OGDEN (LPD 5), a 570 foot Navy amphibious transport dock ship from San Diego, California, can be seen in the background

A landing craft unit unloads cargo from the USS OGDEN (LPD 5), a 570 foot Navy amphibious transport dock ship from San Diego, California. They are here in Ketchikan, Alaska, to participate in Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001

US Navy Boatswains Mate Andy Yao and US Navy SEAMAN Christopher Baughman both crewmen from the USS OGDEN (LPD 5), a 570 foot Navy amphibious transport dock ship from San Diego, California, prepare the stairs for landing as Ogden arrives in Ketchikan, Alaska, for NORTHERN EDGE 2001

USS Ogden (LPD 5) leaves Naval Station, San Diego to begin a regularly scheduled deployment

USS Ogden (LPD 5) leaves Naval Station, San Diego to begin a regularly scheduled deployment

Sailors man the rails aboard USS Ogden (LPD 5) as she pulls out of her berth at Naval Station San Diego, Calif. Ogden is deploying with the newly designed Expeditionary Strike Group One (ESG-1) with USS Peleliu (LHA 5) as flagship

USS Germantown (LSD 42) makes wake in San Diego's harbor as she begins a regularly scheduled deployment

USS Decatur (DDG 73) steams towards the Coronado Bridge as she departs the comforts of home and begins her scheduled deployment

The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) transits the channel into Pearl Harbor for a short port visit

Gas Turbine Systems Technician Fireman Alan Marlin gathers up the heaving line after mooring the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5).

Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) render honors to the USS Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri

USS Greeneville (SSN 772) departed for deployment Sept. 1, 2003, as part of Expeditionary Strike Group One

USS Port Royal (DDG 73) departed on deployment

A family watches as the guided missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) sails out of Pearl Harbor to join the Expeditionary Strike Group One (ESG-1)

USS Greeneville (SSN 772) departed

Family members watch as USS Greeneville (SSN 772) departed on deployment

A family member waves goodbye as USS Greeneville (SSN 772) deploys with Expeditionary Strike Group One (ESG-1). An ESG constitutes a new naval strike force designed to equip amphibious forces with added firepower and operational capabilities

The crew of the guided missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73) sails out of Pearl Harbor to join Expeditionary Strike Group One (ESG-1)

A CH-53 Sea Stallion lifts off from the flight deck of USS Peleliu (LHA 5)

Sailors and Marines stationed aboard the amphibious transport dock USS Ogden (LPD 5) scrape excess paint off a fence at the Hope Institute, a school for handicapped and special needs children in Bahrain.

The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) transits San Diego Bay as she returns from a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).

A Navy Lt. Cdr. is welcomed home today as five San Diego-based ships assigned to Expeditionary Strike Group One (ESG-1) return from a six-and-a-half month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism

A Sailor is welcomed home today as five San Diego-based ships assigned to Expeditionary Strike Group One (ESG-1) return from a six-and-a-half month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism

Family members welcome the return of five San Diego-based ships assigned to Expeditionary Strike Group One (ESG-1), as they return today from a six-and-a-half month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism

Damage Controlman 3rd Class Jonathan Genica assigned to the guided missile frigate USS Jarrett (FFG 33) receives a warm welcome from a family member as he returns home today

Captain Dennis Shultz, of Honolulu, Hawaii, embraces his family after returning home from a six-and-a-half month deployment to the Arabian Gulf.

Seaman Ernesto Telly assigned to the amphibious transport dock USS Duluth (LPD 6) stands by to help the amphibious transport dock USS Ogden (LPD 5) as it approaches the pier

Sailors �man the rails� aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) as the ship transits San Diego Bay.

Families welcome the amphibious transport dock ship USS Ogden (LPD 5) home from deployment.

Sailors man the rails today as the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) approaches the pier following a six-and-a-half month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism

A Sailor gets an enthusiastic greeting after returning from a six and half month deployment with Expeditionary Strike Force One (ESG-1).

The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) transits San Diego Bay as she returns from a deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).

Sailors man the rails today as the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) approaches the pier following a six-and-a-half month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism

Friends and family members welcome the return of five San Diego-based ships assigned to Expeditionary Strike Group One (ESG-1) as they return today from a six-and-a-half month deployment in support of the global war on terrorism

Sailors �man the rails� aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) as the ship transits San Diego Bay.

The amphibious transport dock USS Ogden (LPD 5) sails past downtown San Diego, Calif. on its way to loved ones waiting pier side at Naval Base San Diego.

Quartermaster Seaman Dave Strick plots the ship�s position before the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) moors in Seattle, for the annual Seattle Seafair festival.

The amphibious transport dock USS Ogden (LPD 5), left, and the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) pass downtown Seattle while taking part in the parade of ships during the 55th annual Seafair Festival.

The amphibious transport dock ship USS Ogden (LPD 5), steers by the Seattle Space Needle in downtown Seattle as part of the parade of ships for the 55th Annual Seafair Parade of Ships.

The amphibious transport dock USS Ogden (LPD 5), left, guided missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37), middle, and the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), right, take part in the parade of ships for the 55th annual Seafair Festival.

US Navy (USN) GUNNER's Mate Second Class (GM2) Jacob Smitley (left) demonstrates procedures for firing a MK-38 25 mm Machine Gun System to guests aboard the USN Austin Class Amphibious Transport Dock USS OGDEN (LPD 5) during Seattles SEAFAIR Festival parade of ships. SEAFAIR is Seattle's month-long traditional summer festival, which includes parades, amateur athletics, air shows, and boat racing

Crew members assigned to the amphibious transport dock USS Ogden (LPD 5) man the rails as it approaches downtown Seattle during the 55th annual Seafair Festival parade of ships.

The amphibious transport dock USS Ogden (LPD 5) prepares to form-up for Seattle Seafair Festival's parade of ships event.

A Sailor aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) watches the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ogden (LPD 5) and the guided-missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37), during Seattle's Seafair Festival's parade of ships event.

Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Michael Come of Star Lake, N.Y., demonstrates procedures on firing a 25mm MK-38 machine gun to guests aboard amphibious transport dock USS Ogden (LPD 5) during the Seattle Seafair Festival parade of ships.

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Ogden (LPD 5) arrives in Alaska for a port visit during the joint exercise Alaska Shield/Northern Edge 2005.

The amphibious transport dock USS Ogden (LPD 5) is assisted by a harbor tug at Kodiak Island, Alaska as the ship arrives for a port visit during the Alaska Shield/Northern Edge joint exercise.

U.S. Coast Guard's Marine Safety and Security Team (MSST) speeds across the water near USS Ogden (LPD 5), off the coast of Kodiak Island, Alaska.

U.S. Coast Guard's Marine Safety and Security Team (MSST) stand ready with weapons drawn as they are transported in one of USS Ogden's (LPD 5) Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Salgado Garcia awaits the go-ahead order to board a suspect vessel off the coast of Kodiak Island, Alaska.

The amphibious transport dock USS Ogden (LPD 5) navigates the waters off the coast of Ketchikana, on her way to a scheduled port visit after successfully completing Northern Edge 2005.

The amphibious transport dock USS Ogden (LPD 5) is assisted by tug boats as she arrives at Ketchikan for a three-day port visit after successfully completing Northern Edge 2005.

The amphibious transport dock USS Ogden (LPD 5), part of Expeditionary Strike Group Three (ESG-3), underway off the coast of Southern California.

Port side view of the US Navy (USN) Austin Class Amphibious Transport Dock USS OGDEN (LPD 5), part of Expeditionary Strike Group 3 (ESG-3), underway off the coast of Southern California conducting Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX) in preparation for an upcoming scheduled deployment

Construction Mechanic Seaman Bryce Terry, left, assigned to Beach Master Unit, directs Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

U.S. Navy Construction Mechanic 3rd Class Erik Berggreng, assigned to Beach Master Unit, guides-in a Landing Craft, Utility, assigned to Assault Craft Unit One (ACU-1), onto the landing area.

The guided missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73), amphibious transport dock USS Ogden (LPD 5) and dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) sail through the Pacific Ocean in formation.

The guided missile cruiser USS Port Royal (CG 73), the amphibious transport dock USS Ogden (LPD 5) and the dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) conduct formation maneuvers in the Pacific Ocean.

The amphibious transport dock ship USS Ogden (LPD 5) underway off the coast of Southern California.

The amphibious transport dock ship USS Ogden (LPD 5) underway off the coast of Southern California conducting a simulated straits .

The amphibious transport dock ship USS Ogden (LPD 5) underway off the coast of Southern California.

A little girl calls her father moments before he departs aboard the amphibious transport dock USS Ogden (LPD 5).

Gunner�s Mate 3rd Class Kyle Waste comforts his wife before he boards amphibious transport dock USS Ogden (LPD 5).

Family members and friends wave goodbye to crewmembers aboard USS Germantown (LSD 42), as the ship departs for a scheduled six-month deployment.

US Navy (USN) Gunners Mate Third Class (GM3) Kyle Waste, Austin Class Amphibious Transport Dock Ship, USS OGDEN (LPD 5), comforts his wife, USN Hull Technician Second Class (HT2) Damariz Waste, moments before he departs aboard the USS OGDEN for a scheduled six-month deployment with Expeditionary Strike Group Three (ESG-3)

The amphibious transport dock USS Ogden (LPD 5) departs San Diego for a regularly scheduled six-month deployment .

A bow on view of the US Navy (USN) Landing Craft Air-Cushion (LCAC-72) craft assigned to Assault Craft Unit 5 (ACU-5), as it approaches the well deck of the USN Austin Class Amphibious Transport Dock, USS OGDEN (LPD 5), while underway in the Persian Gulf off the coast of Kuwait. The OGDEN and Expeditionary Strike Group 3 (ESG-3) are deployed in support of the global war on terrorism

The US Navy (USN) Landing Craft Air-Cushion (LCAC-72) craft assigned to Assault Craft Unit 5 (ACU-5), speeds past the USN Austin Class Amphibious Transport Dock, USS OGDEN (LPD 5), while underway in the Persian Gulf off the coast of Kuwait. The OGDEN and Expeditionary Strike Group 3 (ESG-3) are deployed in support of the global war on terrorism

Landing Craft Air Cushion Seven Two (LCAC-72) assigned to Assault Craft Five (ACU-5) travels past the amphibious transport dock USS Ogden (LPD 5) off the coast of Kuwait.