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Aviation Electrician's Mate 2nd Class (AE2) Dan Vanburskirk, assigned to Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island, Search and Rescue Team, keeps a sharp watch from a helicopter during search and rescue operations

A US Navy (USN) Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King Helicopter sits on the flight line as a ground crewman signals to the pilot for take off during a Search and Rescue (SAR) exercise at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington (WA). A US Air Force (USAF) General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon is seen on landing approach in the background

Captain J.H. Black, Medical Corps, relieves CAPT F.A. Teague, right, Medical Service Corps, as commanding officer of Naval Hospital, Whidbey Island, during a change of command ceremony

A US Navy (USN) catapult crew sets a USN EA-6B Prowler, Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ-134), Garudas, Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), into the box for a catapult launch on the deck of the USN Nimitz class Aircraft Carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70). In the foreground is the waist bubble where the Catapult Control Officer (shooter) launches the aircraft

Sailors and US Coast Guard District 5 Law Enforcement Detachment personnel approach a 30-foot, single-masted sailboat in a motor launch from the dock landing ship USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41). The sailboat, which was dead in the water when it was detected by the WHIDBEY ISLAND's radar, is carrying 92 Haitian refugees. The refugees were taken aboard the WHIDBEY ISLAND and later transferred to a Coast Guard cutter. In accordance with a standing agreement between the United States and Haiti, the refugees were returned to their homeland

Sailors and US Coast Guard District 5 Law Enforcement Detachment personnel approach a 30-foot, single-masted sailboat in a motor launch from the dock landing ship USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41). The sailboat, which was dead in the water when it was detected by the WHIDBEY ISLAND's radar, in the Caribbean Sea is carrying 92 Haitian refugees. The refugees were taken aboard the WHIDBEY ISLAND and later transferred to a Coast Guard cutter. In accordance with a standing agreement between the United States and Haiti, the refugees were returned to their homeland

Aerial view of Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington

Two flight deck crewmen stand by to remove the tie-down chains from a UH-1N Iroquois helicopter aboard the dock landing ship USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD-41) during Operation Sharp Edge. The Whidbey Island is part of an amphibious ready group that is in place off the coast of Liberia to provide support for the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, and evacuate civilians caught in that country's civil war

A group of Marines disembarks from a Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 162 (HMM-162) CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter on the flight deck of the dock landing ship USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD-41) during Operation Sharp Edge. The Whidbey Island is part of an amphibious ready group that is in place off the coast of Liberia to provide support for the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, and evacuate civilians caught in that country's civil war

A Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 162 (HMM-162) CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter lifts off from the flight deck of the dock landing ship USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD-41) during Operation Sharp Edge. The WHIDBEY ISLAND is part of an amphibious ready group that is in place off the coast of Liberia to provide support for the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, and evacuate civilians caught in that country's civil war

A group of Marines boards a Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 162 (HMM-162) CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter on the flight deck of the dock landing ship USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD-41) during Operation Sharp Edge. The Whidbey Island is part of an amphibious ready group that is in place to provide support for the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, and evacuate civilians caught in that country's civil war

An air cushion landing craft (LCAC) approaches the stern of the dock landing ship USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD-41) during Operation Sharp Edge. The Whidbey Island is part of an amphibious ready group on station off the coast of Liberia to provide support for the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, and evacuate civilians caught in that country's civil war

A sailor assigned to the dock landing ship USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD-41) is reunited with a loved one following the ship's return to the naval station after a deployment. During the deployment, the WHIDBEY ISLAND spent nearly four months on station off the coast of Liberia in support of Operation Sharp Edge

Straight on shot of a US Marine M54 Series 5-ton Cargo Truck backing up the ramp of a US Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion, LCAC, that is sitting along the runway at Mogadishu Airport. Marines stand on the ground outside the LCAC and on the ramp of the vessel as well. Navy personnel stand in the cargo bay of the LCAC guiding the 5-ton truck up the ramp. The LCAC, from the Assault Craft Unit Five (ACU-5) "Swift Intruders" of Camp Pendleton, California, deployed onboard the Whidbey Island and Harper's Ferry Class, Dock Landing Ship, USS RUSHMORE (LSD 47) (not shown) is supporting the mission of Operation Restore Hope

The crew of the dock landing ship USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD-41) mans the rails as a Romanian tug boat ushers the ship into port. The WHIDBEY ISLAND, bringing pallets of donated medical supplies, is the first U.S. ship to deliver medical relief to the former Warsaw Pact nation

Air cushion landing craft LCAC-28 of the dock landing ship USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD-41) gives a demonstration in the harbor during a port visit. The WHIDBEY ISLAND is the first U.S. ship ever to have visited Burgas

Sailors and Marines of the dock landing ship USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD-41) and local residents watch as medical supplies are unloaded from the ship to be donated to the country. The WHIDBEY ISLAND is the first U.S. ship ever to have visited Burgas

LCAC-28 of the dock landing ship USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD-41) gives an air cushion landing craft demonstration in the harbor during a port visit. The WHIDBEY ISLAND is the first U.S. ship ever to have visited Burgas

Bulgarian military VIPs observe a U.S. sailor use a sound-powered telephone on the deck of the dock landing ship USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD-41) during a ship tour. The WHIDBEY ISLAND is the first U.S. ship ever to have visited Burgas

Sailors and Marines of the USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD-41) stand at attention as Bulgarian dignitaries and local residents disembark the U.S. dock landing ship after a tour. The WHIDBEY ISLAND is the first U.S. ship ever to have visited Burgas

Local residents wait to tour the dock landing ship USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD-41) during a port visit. The WHIDBEY ISLAND is the first U.S. ship ever to have visited Burgas

A bulgarian sailor stands at attention in front of a U.S. flag during a port visit of the dock landing ship USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD-41). The WHIDBEY ISLAND is the first U.S. ship ever to have visited Burgas

A dock crew member uses a fork lift truck to unload pallets of medical supplies from the dock landing ship USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD-41), during a port visit. The WHIDBEY ISLAND is the first U.S. ship ever to have visited Burgas, and the medical supplies are a gift of the U.S. government

Dental Technician 1ST Class Haynes and Dental Technician 3rd Class Craig organize records in the NAS, Whidbey Island dental clinic

CMDR. Davison, a dentist at the NAS, Whidbey Island dental clinic, performs oral surgery

Dental Technician 1ST Class Fontanilla works on denture molds at the NAS, Whidbey Island dental clinic

Dental Technician 1ST Class Fontanilla works on denture molds at the NAS, Whidbey Island dental clinic

CMDR. Davison, a dentist at the NAS, Whidbey Island dental clinic, performs oral surgery

Dental Technician 3rd Class Bonilla prepares a patient for oral surgery at the NAS, Whidbey Island dental clinic

Dental Technician 2nd Class Menard confirms patient appointments at the NAS, Whidbey Island dental clinic

Dental Technician 1ST Class Haynes and Dental Technician 3rd Class Craig assist a patient at the NAS, Whidbey Island dental clinic

An air-to-air view of three Navy EA-6B Prowler aircraft flying in formation on a training mission. They are (top to bottom) VAQ-209 Star Warriors, VAQ-141 Shadowhawks and VAQ-130 Zappers, all from Whidbey Island, WA. Exact Date Shot Unknown

LT. J.D. McCreary, Electronic Countermeasure Officer, of VAQ-130 Zappers from Whidbey Island, WA (ECMO) sits at his station in a Navy EA-6B Prowler. The tasking of Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) involves protecting aircraft flying over Bosnia-Herzegovina with either their jamming capability or HARM (High-Speed Anti-Radiation missiles). Exact Date Shot Unknown

Former EF-111 "Raven Pilot", CAPT. Clyde Beattie does a preflight inspection of his U. S. Navy EA-6B "Prowler" at Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island, Wash. As a result of the Navy, Air Force and the Secretary of Defense's decision to consolidate the airborne threat radar jamming mission, the Air Force is drawing down the EF-111 Raven and joining forces with the Navy to stand up five squadrons of EA-6B Prowlers. The subsonic Prowlers, a Vietnam vintage aircraft, with 1970's avionics, 1980's warfighting hardware, 1990's software and carrying Mach 4 speed HARM missiles, will be the United States' sole tactical radar jamming platform. Air Force flight crews administratively assigned to Cannon ...

Former EF-111 "Raven Pilot", CAPT. Clyde Beattie does a preflight inspection of his U. S. Navy EA-6B "Prowler" at Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island, Wash. As a result of the Navy, Air Force and the Secretary of Defense's decision to consolidate the airborne threat radar jamming mission, the Air Force is drawing down the EF-111 Raven and joining forces with the Navy to stand up five squadrons of EA-6B Prowlers. The subsonic Prowlers, a Vietnam vintage aircraft, with 1970's avionics, 1980's warfighting hardware, 1990's software and carrying Mach 4 speed HARM missiles, will be the United States' sole tactical radar jamming platform. Air Force flight crews administratively assigned to Cannon ...

Sailors from VAQ 132, Whidbey Island, Washington, are shown in the mirrored surface of the F-14's TCS (Television Camera System) pod, as they do post flight maintenance on the aircraft at the Roswell Industrial Air Center. The sailors and aircraft are part of the Command Air Group (CAG) operations deployed to support the world's largest joint service, multi-national tactical air operations exercise

Sailors from VAQ 132, Whidbey Island, Washington, stand by as a Navy F-14 Tomcat pilot gets out of his aircraft after arriving at the Roswell Industrial Air Center. The sailors and aircraft are part of the Command Air Group (CAG) operations deployed to support the world's largest joint service, multi-national tactical air operations exercise

U.S. Navy LT David Larson (center) from Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit Two, Whidbey Island, Washington goes over the operations of a digital camera with Australian Clearance Diver LT Neil Greene (left) for an operation during the exercise RIMPAC 98

PO1 Shelby Cornelius (left) from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit Two, Whidbey Island, Washington works with Australian Clearance Diver LT Neil Greene (right) capturing digital images on the Canadian frigate HMCS REGINA as they try to clear a jammed gun mount during the exercise RIMPAC 98

PO1 Shelby Cornelius from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit Two, Whidbey Island, Washington begins to clear a jammed 57mm gun mount on the Canadian frigate HMCS REGINA during the exercise RIMPAC 98

Leading SEAMAN Ken Sawyer (left), a weapons technician aboard the Canadian frigate HMCS REGINA, hands a shell from a jammed 57mm gun mount to PO1 Shelby Cornelius (center), Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Two from Whidbey Island, Washington, during the exercise RIMPAC 98. Another Canadian sailor looks on as the mount is unjammed

US Navy PETTY Officer Second class, Rodrigo Lacap, mess management specialist, Electronic Attack Squadron 128 (VAQ-128), deployed from Whidbey Island, Washington, prepares lunch in the galley. PO2 Lacap and VAQ-128 are at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in support of Operation NORTHERN WATCH

US Navy PETTY Officer Second class Rodrigo Lacap, mess management specialist, Electronic Attack Squadron 128 (VAQ-128), deployed from Whidbey Island, Washington, prepares lunch in the galley. PO2 Lacap and VAQ-128 are in Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, in support of Operation NORTHERN WATCH

US Navy CHIEF Boatswains Mate Wayne Vaughn from Navy Explosive Ordnance Mobile Unit 11, Whidbey Island, Washington, sets up a warming tent for a decompression chamber that will be used during Exercise NORTHERN EDGE 2001 in Ketchikan, Alaska

ENSIGN (ESN) Richard Bensing, a crewmember from the USN EP-3 "Aries II" aircraft involved in the March 31st accident with a Chinese F-8 aircraft, holds his child tight as his wife looks on, after arriving at Naval Air Station (NAS), Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), as part of Operation VALIANT RETURN. The EP-3 crewmembers were detained in China for 17-days prior to being released

US Navy (USN) Rear Admiral (RADM) M. L. Holmes, Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force Pacific, speaks during a Welcoming Home Ceremony, at Naval Air Station (NAS), Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), as part of Operation VALIANT RETURN

US Navy (USN) Lieutenant (LT) Marcia Sonon, a crewmember onboard the USN EP-3 "Aries II" aircraft, involved in the March 31st accident with a Chinese F-8 aircraft, walks down the step of a USN C-9B Skytrain aircraft, Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 61 (VR-61), after arriving at Naval Air Station (NAS), Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), as part of Operation VALIANT RETURN

US Navy (USN) Cryptologic Technician Collection 2nd Class (CT2) Kenneth Richter, a crewmember from the USN EP-3 "Aries II" aircraft involved in the March 31st accident with a Chinese F-8 aircraft, holds his son after arriving at Naval Air Station (NAS), Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), as part of Operation VALIANT RETURN. The EP-3 crewmembers were detained in China for 17-days prior to being released

US Navy (USN) Aviation Electronics Technician Second Class (ET2) David Cecka, a crewmember from the USN EP-3 "Aries II" aircraft involved in the March 31st accident with a Chinese F-8 aircraft, greets his son Camron and wife Nikki, after arriving at Naval Air Station (NAS), Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), as part of Operation VALIANT RETURN. The EP-3 crewmembers were detained in China for 17-days prior to being released

A high wide angle view showing the crowd gathered at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), as the crewmembers from the US Navy (USN) EP-3 ARIES II aircraft involved in the accident with a Chinese F-8 aircraft, prepare to disembark from a USN C-9B Skytrain aircraft

US Marine Corps (USMC) Sergeant (SGT) Michael Pray, a crewmember onboard the USN EP-3 "Aries II" aircraft, involved in the March 31st accident with a Chinese F-8 aircraft, holds his family tight, after arriving at Naval Air Station (NAS), Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), as part of Operation VALIANT RETURN

A crowd of family members, friends and spectators waving American Flags are gathered at Naval Air Station (NAS), Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), to welcome home the 24 US Navy crewmembers from the USN EP-3 "Aries II" aircraft, involved in the March 31st accident with a Chinese F-8 aircraft. The EP-3 crewmembers were detained in China for 17-days prior to being released

A member of the local news media video tapes the crowds, that are gathered at Naval Air Station (NAS), Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), to welcome home the 24 US Navy crewmembers from the USN EP-3 "Aries II" aircraft involved in the March 31st accident with a Chinese F-8 aircraft

US Navy (USN) Lieutenant (LT) Patrick Honeck, a crewmember from the USN EP-3 "Aries II" aircraft involved in the March 31st accident with a Chinese F-8 aircraft, waves to the crowd as he exits a USN C-9B Skytrain II aircraft from, Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 61 (VR-61), after arriving at Naval Air Station (NAS), Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), as part of Operation VALIANT RETURN. The EP-3 crewmembers were detained in China for 17-days prior to being released

US Navy (USN) SENIOR CHIEF PETTY Officer (SCPO) Aviation Machinists Mate (AD) Nicholas Mellos holds his son tight, after arrival at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington (WA). SCPO Mellos was the Flight Engineer on the USN EP-3 ARIES II aircraft that made an emergency landing in China

US Navy (USN) Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG) John Cummerford, a crewmember from the USN EP-3 "Aries II" aircraft involved in the March 31st accident with a Chinese F-8 aircraft, exits a USN C-9B Skytrain II aircraft, after arriving at Naval Air Station (NAS), Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), as part of Operation VALIANT RETURN. The EP-3 crewmembers were detained in China for 17-days prior to being released

US Navy (USN) Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG) John Cummerford, a crewmember from the USN EP-3 "Aries II" aircraft involved in the March 31st accident with a Chinese F-8 aircraft, hugs family members, after arriving at Naval Air Station (NAS), Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), as part of Operation VALIANT RETURN. The EP-3 crewmembers were detained in China for 17-days prior to being released

Family members of the 24 US Navy (USN) crewmember from the USN EP-3 "Aries II" aircraft involved in the March 31st accident with a Chinese F-8 aircraft, listen intently as they are briefed at Naval Air Station (NAS), Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), prior to the arrival of their loved ones, during Operation VALIANT RETURN

US Navy (USN) Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG) John Cummerford, a crewmember from the USN EP-3 "Aries II" aircraft involved in the March 31st accident with a Chinese F-8 aircraft, embraces his wife, after arriving at Naval Air Station (NAS), Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), as part of Operation VALIANT RETURN. The EP-3 crewmembers were detained in China for 17-days prior to being released

A boy displays a fist full of American Flags he stands among the crowds gathered at Naval Air Station (NAS), Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), to welcome home the 24 US Navy crewmembers from the USN EP-3 "Aries II" aircraft, assigned to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One (VQ-1) which was involved in the March 31st accident with a Chinese F-8 aircraft. The EP-3 crewmembers were detained in China for 17-days prior to being released

US Marine Corps (USMC) Sergeant (SGT) Michael Pray, a crewmember onboard the USN EP-3 "Aries II" aircraft, involved in the March 31st accident with a Chinese F-8 aircraft, waves hello to the crowd, after arriving at Naval Air Station (NAS), Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), as part of Operation VALIANT RETURN

A female supporter in the crowd gathered at Naval Air Station (NAS), Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), displays the front page of the Whidbey "News Times" newspaper which reads "WELCOM HOME VQ-1". The article refers to the crewmembers assigned to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One (VQ-1), who were detained for 17-days in China, after their US Navy (USN) EP-3 "Aries II" aircraft was involved in a accident with a Chinese F-8 aircraft

ENSIGN (ESN) Richard Bensing, a crewmember from the USN EP-3 "Aries II" aircraft involved in the March 31st accident with a Chinese F-8 aircraft, proudly waves an American Flag, after arriving at Naval Air Station (NAS), Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), as part of Operation VALIANT RETURN. The EP-3 crewmembers were detained in China for 17-days prior to being released

US Navy (USN) Lieutenant (LT) Shane Osborn, Commander of the USN EP-3 "Aries II" aircraft, involved in the March 31st accident with a Chinese F-8 aircraft, walks down the step of a USN C-9B Skytrain aircraft, from Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 61 (VR-61), after arriving at Naval Air Station (NAS), Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), as part of Operation VALIANT RETURN

US Navy (USN) Cryptologic Technician First Class (CT1) Josef Edmunds, a crewmember from the USN EP-3 "Aries II" aircraft involved in the March 31st accident with a Chinese F-8 aircraft, walks towards his family after, arriving at Naval Air Station (NAS), Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), as part of Operation VALIANT RETURN. The EP-3 crewmembers were detained in China for 17-days prior to being released

US Navy (USN) Crpytologist Technician Second Class (CT2) Jason Hanser, a crewmember from the USN EP-3 "Aries II" aircraft involved in the March 31st accident with a Chinese F-8 aircraft, embraces his family after arriving at Naval Air Station (NAS), Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), as part of Operation VALIANT RETURN. The EP-3 crewmembers were detained in China for 17-days prior to being released

US Navy (USN) Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG) John Cummerford, a crewmember from the USN EP-3 "Aries II" aircraft involved in the March 31st accident with a Chinese F-8 aircraft, exits a USN C-9B Skytrain II aircraft, after arriving at Naval Air Station (NAS), Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), as part of Operation VALIANT RETURN. The EP-3 crewmembers were detained in China for 17-days prior to being released

US Navy (USN) Lieutenant (LT) Patrick Honeck, a crewmember from the USN EP-3 "Aries II" aircraft involved in the March 31st accident with a Chinese F-8 aircraft, shares a tender moment with his wife and kids, after arriving at Naval Air Station (NAS), Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), as part of Operation VALIANT RETURN. The EP-3 crewmembers were detained in China for 17-days prior to being released

US Navy (USN) SENIOR CHIEF PETTY Officer (SCPO) Aviation Machinists Mate (AD) Nicholas Mellos (right), is hugged by USN MASTER CHIEF PETTY Officer (MCPO), Dave Walsteadt, upon SCPO Mellos arrival at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington (WA). SCPO Mellos was the Flight Engineer on the USN EP-3 ARIES II aircraft that made an emergency landing in China

A high extreme wide angle view showing the crowd gathered inside a hangar at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), to welcome home the crewmembers from the US Navy (USN) EP-3 ARIES II aircraft involved in the accident with a Chinese F-8 aircraft

US Navy (USN) Crpytologist Technician Second Class (CT2) Josef Edmonds, a crewmember from the USN EP-3 "Aries II" aircraft involved in the March 31st accident with a Chinese F-8 aircraft, embraces his children after arriving at Naval Air Station (NAS), Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), as part of Operation VALIANT RETURN. The EP-3 crewmembers were detained in China for 17-days prior to being released

A boy carries a sign "VQ-1 WE ARE SO PROUD " as he stands among the crowds gathered at Naval Air Station (NAS), Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), to welcome home the 24 US Navy crewmembers from the USN EP-3 "Aries II" aircraft, assigned to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One (VQ-1) which was involved in the March 31st accident with a Chinese F-8 aircraft. The EP-3 crewmembers were detained in China for 17-days prior to being released

US Navy (USN) Lieutenant (LT) Shane Osborn (right), Commander of the USN EP-3 "Aries II" aircraft, involved in the March 31st accident with a Chinese F-8 aircraft, shakes hands with USN Rear Admiral (ADM) Vinson Smith, Commander, USN Region Northwest, after addressing the crowd at Naval Air Station (NAS), Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), during Operation VALIANT RETURN

US Navy (USN) crewmembers from the USN EP-3 "Aries II" aircraft involved in the March 31st accident with a Chinese F-8 aircraft, share a laugh during a television interview at Naval Air Station (NAS), Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), as part of Operation VALIANT RETURN. They are US Navy (USN) Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG) Jeffrey Vignery (left), USN Lieutenant (LT) Patrick Honeck and USN LT Shane Osborn

US Navy (USN) SENIOR CHIEF PETTY Officer (SCPO) Aviation Machinists Mate (AD) Nicholas Mellos, receives a last minute touch up, before his television interview at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington (WA). SCPO Mellos was the Flight Engineer on the USN EP-3 ARIES II aircraft that made an emergency landing in China

Firefighting training on NAS Whidbey Island, WA

US Navy (USN) crewmembers from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ-139), Cougars, Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), Aviation Structural Mechanic AIRMAN (AMAN) Scott Wood and Aviation Structural Mechanic Third Class (AM3) Richard Hakes, sit on the wing of a USN EA-6B Prowler aircraft to listen to USN MASTER CHIEF PETTY Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Terry D. Scott [not shown] during his visit on board the Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72)

US Navy (USN) crewmembers from Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ-139), Cougars, Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), Aviation Structural Mechanic AIRMAN (AMAN) Scott Wood and Aviation Structural Mechanic Third Class (AM3) Richard Hakes, sit on the wing of a USN EA-6B Prowler aircraft to listen to USN MASTER CHIEF PETTY Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Terry D. Scott [not shown] during his visit on board the Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72)

Sailors assigned to the

Medical procedure at Naval Hospital Whidbey Island.

US Air Force (USAF) and US Navy (USN) aircraft assigned to the 366th Fighter Wing (FW) at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, in flight over the Base. Pictured foreground-to-background is an F-15C Eagle from the Fighter Squadron (FS); an EA-6B Prowler from the 366th Operations Group (OG), DET 1, Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington (WA); an F-15E Strike Eagle from the 391st FS; and a F-16CJ Fighting Falcon from the 389th FS. Shown here are the wing and squadron flagship aircraft

US Air Force (USAF) and US Navy (USN) aircraft assigned to the 366th Fighter Wing (FW) at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, in flight over farmland surrounding the Snake River. Pictured foreground-to-background is an F-16CJ Fighting Falcon from the 389th Fighter Squadron (FS); an F-15E Strike Eagle from the 391st FS; an EA-6B Prowler from the 366th Operations Group (OG), DET 1, Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington (WA); and a F-15C Eagle from the 390th FS

US Air Force (USAF) and US Navy (USN) aircraft assigned to the 366th Fighter Wing (FW) in flight over the Sawtooth Mountain range in Idaho. Pictured foreground-to-background is an F-16 CJ Fighting Falcon from the 389th Fighter Squadron (FS); an F-15E Strike Eagle from the 391st FS; an F-15C Eagle from the 390th FS; and a EA-6B Prowler from the 366th Operations Group (OG), DET 1, Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington (WA). Shown here are the wing and squadron flagship aircraft

US Air Force (USAF) and US Navy (USN) aircraft assigned to the 366th Fighter Wing (FW) at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, in flight over the Base. Pictured foreground-to-background is an F-16CJ Fighting Falcon from the 389th Fighter Squadron (FS); an F-15E Strike Eagle from the 391st FS; an F-15C Eagle from the 390th FS; and a EA-6B Prowler from the 366th Operations Group (OG), DET 1, Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington (WA). Shown here are the wing and squadron flagship aircraft

US Air Force (USAF) and US Navy (USN) aircraft assigned to the 366th Fighter Wing (FW) in flight over Idaho. Pictured foreground-to-background is an F-16 CJ Fighting Falcon from the 389th Fighter Squadron (FS); an F-15E Strike Eagle from the 391st FS; an F-15C Eagle from the 390th FS; and a EA-6B Prowler from the 366th Operations Group (OG), DET 1, Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington (WA). Shown here are the wing and squadron flagship aircraft

US Air Force (USAF) and US Navy (USN) aircraft assigned to the 366th Fighter Wing (FW) in flight over the Sawtooth Mountain range in Idaho. Pictured foreground-to-background is an F-16 CJ Fighting Falcon from the 389th Fighter Squadron (FS); an F-15E Strike Eagle from the 391st FS; an F-15C Eagle from the 390th FS; and a EA-6B Prowler from the 366th Operations Group (OG), DET 1, Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington (WA). Shown here are the wing and squadron flagship aircraft

US Air Force (USAF) and US Navy (USN) aircraft assigned to the 366th Fighter Wing (FW) in flight over the Boise National Forest foothills in Idaho. Pictured foreground-to-background is an F-16 CJ Fighting Falcon from the 389th Fighter Squadron (FS); an F-15E Strike Eagle from the 391st FS; an F-15C Eagle from the 390th FS; and a EA-6B Prowler from the 366th Operations Group (OG), DET 1, Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington (WA). Shown here are the wing and squadron flagship aircraft

Builder 2nd Class Nicholas Rees takes a measurement

Members of the Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Search and Rescue (SAR) team conduct rescue exercises

A Navy UH-3H Sea King helicopter assigned to Fleet Logistics Search and Rescue (SAR) team, Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducts rescue exercises in a riverbed in Washington state.

Two F-4 Phantoms from the Japanese Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) 83rd Wing, Naha, Okinawa, prepare to take off in the background while two US Navy (USN) EA-6B Intruders, Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 128 (VAQ-128), Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), are prepped for take off at Andersen Air Force Base (AFB), Guam in support of exercise COPE NORTH. COPE NORTH is an exercise where troops from the US Air Force (USAF), US Navy (USN), and US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines train with troops from the Japanese Air Self Defense Force (JASDF)

Builder 3rd Class Jason Johnson from Puyallup, Wash., scrapes up any excess paint from around the windows of the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island gym.

Plane Captains, Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Christopher Maple, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Airman Christina Anderson of Whidbey Island, Wash., commence start up checks on an F-14B Tomcat.

The US Navy (USN) Arleigh Burke Class Guided Missile Destroyer USS McFAUL (DDG 74) leads the USN Whidbey Island Class Dock Landing Ship USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD 41) through the daylong transit of the Suez Canal. McFAUL and WHIDBEY ISLAND are currently on deployment as part of the Expeditionary Strike Group Two (ESG 2), ESG 2 is the first ESG to deploy from the East Coast and is currently on its way to the 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR)

US Navy (USN) Aviation Boatswain's Mate Second Class (AB2) Isidro Cobena takes control of a hose and shouts commands during a fire fighting class held at the Fire School at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington (WA)

Master-at-Arms 2nd Class James Allen of Newport, Ore., works the night shift on board Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

High-angle view of a US Navy (USN) EA-6B Prowler aircraft from Electronic Attack Squadron One Three Nine (VAQ-139) "Cougars," in flight near Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), during a routine training mission conducted in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. The EA-6B's primary mission is to protect fleet surface units and other aircraft by jamming hostile radars and communications

An US Navy (USN) EA-6B Prowler aircraft from Electronic Attack Squadron One Three Nine (VAQ-139) "Cougars," performs an inverted attack maneuver during a routine training mission conducted over Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Washington (WA), while training in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. The EA-6B's primary mission is to protect fleet surface units and other aircraft by jamming hostile radars and communications

Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Robert Hall, of Whidbey Island, Wash., works on a rocket propelled ejection seat, removed from the cockpit of a EA-6B Prowler.

Rescue swimmers assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit One One (EODMU-11) pull Parachutists out of the water near Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island.