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Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 24, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5, approaches the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012.

Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 24, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (A...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jul. 24, 2012) Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 24, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5, approaches the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. Twent... more

USS Essex departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to participate in the Rim of the Pacific 2012 exercise.

USS Essex departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to participate in the...

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (Jul. 11, 2012) The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to participate in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 exer... more

A helicopter approaches USS Essex.

A helicopter approaches USS Essex.

WAIMANALO, Hawaii (Jul. 28, 2012) A helicopter approaches the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) off the coast of Bellows Air Force Station on Oahu during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 exercise. T... more

Service members from Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Tonga and the United States get in position to man the rails aboard USS Essex.

Service members from Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Ne...

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (Jul. 11, 2012) Service members from Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Tonga and the United States get in position to man the rails aboard the am... more

Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 32  prepares to enter the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).

Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 32 prepares to enter the well deck o...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 01, 2012) Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 32, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5, prepares to enter the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Twenty-two nations, m... more

Sailors prepare to move two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 exercise.

Sailors prepare to move two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion he...

-CA1 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jul. 12, 2012) Sailors prepare to move two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 201... more

Marines attempt to acquire a signal with secure data communication equipment on a weather deck.

Marines attempt to acquire a signal with secure data communication equ...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jul. 12, 2012) Marine Pvt. David Phelan and Sgt. Vincent Flores, both assigned to Alpha Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, attempt to acquire a signal with secure data communication equipment... more

Marines from USS Essex disembark Landing Craft Air Cushion.

Marines from USS Essex disembark Landing Craft Air Cushion.

WAIMANALO, Hawaii (Jul. 28, 2012) Marines from the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) disembark Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 24 at Bellows Air Force Station during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exe... more

A landing craft air cushion departs USS Essex.

A landing craft air cushion departs USS Essex.

WAIMANALO, Hawaii (Jul. 28, 2012) A landing craft air cushion assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5 departs the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 exercise. T... more

USS Nimitz and USS Essex are underway in close formation during the Rim of the Pacific 2012 exercise.

USS Nimitz and USS Essex are underway in close formation during the Ri...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jul. 27, 2012) The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) are underway in close formation during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 exercise. Twe... more

Marine amphibious assault vehicles ride onto a beach in formation.

Marine amphibious assault vehicles ride onto a beach in formation.

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII KANEOHE BAY (Aug. 01, 2012) Marine amphibious assault vehicles assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) ride onto a beach in formation during a mechanized assault exerc... more

Marines make their way to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).

Marines make their way to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2...

MARINE CORPS BASE, Hawaii (Jul. 12, 2012) Marines assigned to Amphibious Assault Vehicle platoon, Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, make their way to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), du... more

Soldiers from countries participating in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise play rugby aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).

Soldiers from countries participating in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPA...

-CA1 PACIFIC OCEAN (Jul. 14, 2012) Soldiers from countries participating in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise play rugby aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Twenty-two nations, more tha... more

The commanding general of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force shakes hands with the commander of Combined Task Force 176.

The commanding general of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force shakes ha...

PEARL HARBOR (Jul. 11, 2012) U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. Kenneth Glueck, commanding general of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, shakes hands with Canadian Commodore Peter Ellis, commander of Combined Task Force (C... more

U.S. Marine helicopters sit on the flight deck during flight operations aboard USS Essex.

U.S. Marine helicopters sit on the flight deck during flight operation...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jul. 12, 2012) U.S. Marine helicopters sit on the flight deck during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. Twenty-two nat... more

Sailors direct a landing craft air cushion into the welldeck of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).

Sailors direct a landing craft air cushion into the welldeck of the am...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jul. 16, 2012) Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Krystal Sams assists Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Joseph Leblanc in directing Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 24, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5, ... more

A Landing crafts air cushion approaches USS Essex.

A Landing crafts air cushion approaches USS Essex.

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 01, 2012) Landing crafts air cushion, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5, approach the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. Twenty-two natio... more

Marines assigned to Combat Assault Company perform a loading exercise with the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) with amphibious assault vehicles during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 exercise.

Marines assigned to Combat Assault Company perform a loading exercise ...

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII (Jul. 12, 2012) Marines assigned to Combat Assault Company perform a loading exercise with the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) with amphibious assault vehicles during the Rim ... more

Marines make their way to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).

Marines make their way to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2...

MARINE CORPS BASE KANE\'OHE BAY, Hawaii (Jul. 15, 2012) Marines assigned to Amphibious Assault Vehicle Platoon, Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, make their way to the amphibious assault ship USS Ess... more

A helicopter prepares to land.

A helicopter prepares to land.

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jul. 20, 2012) A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopter prepares to land on the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 exercise. Twenty-tw... more

A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter practices landing aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 exercise.

A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter practices landing...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jul. 12, 2012) A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter practices landing aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 exercise. Tw... more

USS Essex departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to participate in the Rim of the Pacific 2012 exercise.

USS Essex departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to participate in the...

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (Jul. 11, 2012) The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to participate in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 exer... more

Workmen at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Inc. listen as General Alfred M. Gray Jr., commandant of the Marine Corps, speaks during keel laying ceremony for the LHD-class amphibious assault ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2). J St. Pe', president, Ingalls Shipbuilding, Inc., and E.E. Shoults, program manager, Amphibious Warfare and Strategic Sea Lift Program, are pictured in the background

Workmen at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Inc. listen as General Alfred M. Gray...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pascagoula State: Mississippi (MS) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Ingalls Shipbuilding, Inc. Release Status: Rel... more

General Alfred M. Gray Jr., commandant of the Marine Corps, authenticates the keel plaque at the keel laying ceremony for the LHD-class amphibious assault ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2). Standing by during the signing are, from left: E.E. Shoults, program manager, Amphibious Warfare and Strategic Sea Lift Program; J St. Pe', president, Ingalls Shipbuilding, Inc., General Gray; Captain M.G. Simpson, suprervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Pascagoula; and Joe Smith, welder

General Alfred M. Gray Jr., commandant of the Marine Corps, authentica...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pascagoula State: Mississippi (MS) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Ingalls Shipbuilding, Inc. Release Status: Rel... more

Bunting bedecks the amphibious assault ship USS ESSEX (LHD-2) as it stands at the pier during its commissioning ceremony

Bunting bedecks the amphibious assault ship USS ESSEX (LHD-2) as it st...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Air Station, North Island State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PHC Chet King Release Stat... more

Crew members man the rails aboard the amphibious assault ship USS ESSEX (LHD-2) as AV-8B Harrier aircraft conduct a flyover during the vessel's commissioning ceremony

Crew members man the rails aboard the amphibious assault ship USS ESSE...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Air Station, North Island State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PHC Chet King Release Stat... more

Acting Secretary of the Navy Sean O'Keefe speaks during the commissioning ceremony of the amphibious assault ship USS ESSEX (LHD-2)

Acting Secretary of the Navy Sean O'Keefe speaks during the commission...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Air Station, North Island State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PHC Chet King Release Stat... more

A color guard stands at attention as Acting Secretary of the Navy Sean O'Keefe arrives for the commissioning ceremony of the amphibious assault ship USS ESSEX (LHD-2)

A color guard stands at attention as Acting Secretary of the Navy Sean...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Air Station, North Island State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PHC Chet King Release Stat... more

Acting Secretary of the Navy Sean O'Keefer speaks during the commissioning ceremony of the amphibious assault ship USS ESSEX (LHD-2)

Acting Secretary of the Navy Sean O'Keefer speaks during the commissio...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Air Station, North Island State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PHCM Terry C. Mitchell Rel... more

Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney shakes hands with Acting Secretary of the Navy Sean O'Keefer following O'Keefer's speech at the commissioning ceremony of the amphibious assault ship USS ESSEX (LHD-2)

Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney shakes hands with Acting Secretary...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Air Station, North Island State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PHCM Terry C. Mitchell Rel... more

The crowd gathered for the commissioning ceremony of the amphibious assault ship USS ESSEX (LHD-2) listens to a speaker as the ship, decorated with bunting, stands moored to the pier

The crowd gathered for the commissioning ceremony of the amphibious as...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Air Station, North Island State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PHCM Terry C. Mitchell Rel... more

Naval officers salute and civilian dignitaries stand at attention during the playing of the national anthem during the commissioning ceremony of the amphibious assault ship USS ESSEX (LHD-2)

Naval officers salute and civilian dignitaries stand at attention duri...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Air Station, North Island State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PHC Chet King Release Stat... more

LT. GEN. Henry C. Stackpole III, deputy chief of staff for plans, policies and operations, speaks during the commissioning ceremony of the amphibious assault ship USS ESSEX (LHD-2)

LT. GEN. Henry C. Stackpole III, deputy chief of staff for plans, poli...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Air Station, North Island State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PHC Chet King Release Stat... more

Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney arrives for the commissioning ceremony of the amphibious assault ship USS ESSEX (LHD-2)

Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney arrives for the commissioning cere...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Air Station, North Island State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PHC Chet King Release Stat... more

Acting Secretary of the Navy Sean O'Keefer arrives for the commissioning ceremony of the amphibious assault ship USS ESSEX (LHD-2)

Acting Secretary of the Navy Sean O'Keefer arrives for the commissioni...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Air Station, North Island State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PHCM Terry C. Mitchell Rel... more

A starboard quarter view of the frigate USS FANNING (FF-1076) tied up at the Thirty-Second Street Naval Base prior to its sale and transfer to the Turkish navy. The amphibious assault ship USS ESSEX (LHD-2) is moored to the pier behind the FANNING

A starboard quarter view of the frigate USS FANNING (FF-1076) tied up ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: San Diego State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery Release Status: Released to Pu... more

An aerial view of various ships moored at the shipyard. From front to back are a Spruance class destroyer, the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) and the amphibious assault ship USS ESSEX (LHD-2). The decommissioned aircraft carrier RANGER (CV-61) is in a graving dock in the background

An aerial view of various ships moored at the shipyard. From front to ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Long Beach Naval Shipyard State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 R.J. Davis Release Status: R... more

An aerial view of various ships moored at the shipyard. From front to back are a Spruance class destroyer, the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) and the amphibious assault ship USS ESSEX (LHD-2). The decommissioned aircraft carrier RANGER (CV-61) is in a graving dock in the upper right

An aerial view of various ships moored at the shipyard. From front to ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Long Beach Naval Shipyard State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 R.J. Davis Release Status: R... more

A view from the captain's chair on the bridge of the amphibious assault ship USS ESSEX (LHD-2) showing the flight deck image in the rear view mirror during Marine assault exercises off the beach of Camp Pendleton, California

A view from the captain's chair on the bridge of the amphibious assaul...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Camera Operator: Bm2 Michael J. Rodriguez Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photog... more

Aviation Boatswain Mate (aircraft handling) First Class (ABH1) Ralph Johnson signals to a Marine Corps AH-1 Cobra helicopter he is clear for flight after the helo lifted off the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS ESSEX (LHD-2) during Marine assault exercises off the beach of Camp Pendleton, Calif

Aviation Boatswain Mate (aircraft handling) First Class (ABH1) Ralph J...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Camera Operator: Bm2 Michael J. Rodriguez Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photog... more

CHIEF of Naval Operations, US Navy Admiral Jay L. Johnson, visits with San Diego Sailors on board the US Navys Amphibious assault ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2), during a recent visit to Naval Station San Diego. The CNO answered questions from Sailors ranging from the new enlisted evaluation system to pay issues regarding Basic Allowances for Quarters (BAQ) for the shipboard single 2nd class PETTY Officer

CHIEF of Naval Operations, US Navy Admiral Jay L. Johnson, visits with...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Felix Garza, Jr., USN Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

CHIEF of Naval Operations, US Navy Admiral Jay L. Johnson, visits with San Diego Sailors on board the US Navys Amphibious assault ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2), during a recent visit to Naval Station San Diego. The CNO answered questions from Sailors ranging from the new enlisted evaluation system to pay issues regarding Basic Allowances for Quarters (BAQ) for the shipboard single Second Class PETTY Officer

CHIEF of Naval Operations, US Navy Admiral Jay L. Johnson, visits with...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Felix Garza, Jr., USN Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Terry Scott greets Rear Adm. Rick Ruehe, Commander Task Force Seventy Six (CTF-76), while making a visit aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2)

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Terry Scott greets Rear...

Okinawa, Japan (Mar. 31, 1999) Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Terry Scott greets Rear Adm. Rick Ruehe, Commander Task Force Seventy Six (CTF-76), while making a visit aboard the amphibious assau... more

The amphibious assault ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2) dominates a beautiful San Diego sunset

The amphibious assault ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2) dominates a beautiful Sa...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Ted Banks, USN Release... more

Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) return to the ship at Sepangar Naval Base.

Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and ...

SEPANGAR, Malaysia (Mar. 11, 2001) Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) return to the ship at Sepangar Naval Base to e... more

The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) gets underway from Sepangar, Malaysia to support earthquake and tsunami relief operations.

The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) gets un...

SEPANGAR, Malaysia (Mar. 12, 2001) The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) gets underway from Sepangar, Malaysia to support earthquake and tsunami relief operations in Japan as directed. ... more

An aerial starboard view of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) off the coast of Iwo Jima with Mount Suribachi in the backgroud. ESSEX is off the coast of Iwo Jima participating in the 56th Iwo Jima Commemoration on March 15, 2001

An aerial starboard view of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) State: Iwo Jima Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Michael B. Lewis, USN Release Status: Released to Public Combi... more

Off the coast of East Timor

Off the coast of East Timor

Dili, East Timor (Oct. 31, 2001) The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) underway off the coast of Dili, East Timor. Sailors and Marines from Essex, are supporting community relations projects including ... more

Port bow view of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Sagami Class Replenishment Ship SAGAMI (AOE 421) coming alongside the US Navy (USN) Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2) for an underway replenishment at sea (UNREP) exercise

Port bow view of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Saga...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Major Command Shown: Ships - Foreign - Japan Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status:... more

Viewed from the deck of the US Navy (USN) Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2), the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDS) Sagami Class Replenishment Ship SAGAMI (AOE 421) pulls up along side participating in an underway replenishment at sea (UNREP). This is the first time the ESSEX conducted a UNREP with a JMSDF ship

Viewed from the deck of the US Navy (USN) Wasp Class Amphibious Assaul...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Major Command Shown: Ships - Foreign - Japan Scene Camera Operator: PHAA Stephanie M. Bergma... more

U.S. Navy Sailor volunteers at local elementary school in Japan.

U.S. Navy Sailor volunteers at local elementary school in Japan.

Kawatana, Japan (Jul. 18, 2002) Aerographers Mate 1st Class Alex Jones, President of the First Class Petty Officers Association (FCPOA) aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), volunteers to help l... more

A Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) makes its way into the well deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).

A Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) makes its way into the well deck a...

Coast of Okinawa, Japan (Jan. 24, 2003) A Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) makes its way into the well deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is the Navy's only forward deployed amphi... more

The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) sits moored pierside.

The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) sits moored pierside.

Okinawa, Japan (Feb. 27, 2003) The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) sits moored pierside at the White Beach Port Facility in Okinawa, Japan. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 2nd Class Anthony J. P... more

A busy day for the White Beach Port Facility in Okinawa, Japan.

A busy day for the White Beach Port Facility in Okinawa, Japan.

White Beach Port Facility, Okinawa, Japan (Feb. 28, 2003) A busy day for the White Beach Port Facility in Okinawa, Japan as the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), Japanese Maritime Defense Force (JMSDF)... more

A busy day for the White Beach Port Facility in Okinawa, Japan.

A busy day for the White Beach Port Facility in Okinawa, Japan.

White Beach Port Facility, Okinawa, Japan (Feb. 28, 2003) A busy day for the White Beach Port Facility in Okinawa, Japan as the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), Japanese Maritime Defense Force (JMSDF)... more

he amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), and the Japanese Maritime Defense Force (JMSDF) ships Shimakaze (DDG 172), Myoukou (DDG 175), Hamagiri (DD 155) and Natusio (SS 584) are pier-side Okinawa, Japan

he amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), and the Japanese Maritim...

White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan (Feb. 28, 2003) The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), and the Japanese Maritime Defense Force (JMSDF) ships Shimakaze (DDG 172), Myoukou (DDG 175), Hamagiri (... more

The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), and the Japanese Maritime Defense Force (JMSDF) ships Shimakaze (DDG 172), Myoukou (DDG 175), Hamagiri (DD 155) and Natusio (SS 584) pier-side Okinawa, Japan

The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), and the Japanese Mariti...

White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan (Feb. 28, 2003) The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), and the Japanese Maritime Defense Force (JMSDF) ships Shimakaze (DDG 172), Myoukou (DDG 175), Hamagiri (... more

A busy day for the White Beach Port Facility in Okinawa, Japan.

A busy day for the White Beach Port Facility in Okinawa, Japan.

White Beach Port Facility, Okinawa, Japan (Feb. 28, 2003) A busy day for the White Beach Port Facility in Okinawa, Japan as the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), Japanese Maritime Defense Force (JMSDF)... more

A busy day for the White Beach Port Facility in Okinawa, Japan.

A busy day for the White Beach Port Facility in Okinawa, Japan.

White Beach Port Facility, Okinawa, Japan (Feb. 28, 2003) A busy day for the White Beach Port Facility in Okinawa, Japan as the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), Japanese Maritime Defense Force (JMSDF)... more

 A busy day for the White Beach Port Facility in Okinawa, Japan.

A busy day for the White Beach Port Facility in Okinawa, Japan.

White Beach Port Facility, Okinawa, Japan (Feb. 28, 2003) A busy day for the White Beach Port Facility in Okinawa, Japan as the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), Japanese Maritime Defense Force (JMSDF)... more

A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) assigned to Assault Craft Unit Five (ACU-5) enters the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).

A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) assigned to Assault Craft Unit Five...

Pacific Ocean (Mar. 13, 2003) A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) assigned to Assault Craft Unit Five (ACU-5) enters the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) as it transfers supplies, equip... more

A Landing Craft, Air Cushioned (LCAC) deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).

A Landing Craft, Air Cushioned (LCAC) deployed aboard the amphibious a...

Apra Harbor, Guam (Apr. 22, 2003) A Landing Craft, Air Cushioned (LCAC) deployed aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) arrives at its landing point at Inner Apra Harbor. Sailors and Marines aboa... more

The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) steams in the Philippine Sea participating in Tandem Thrust �03

The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) steams in the Philippine...

Philippine Sea (May. 05, 2003) The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) steams in the Philippine Sea participating in Tandem Thrust 03. The exercise focuses on crisis action planning and execution of conti... more

Amphibious Ready Group Exercises (ARGEX) off the coast of the Republic of the Philippines

Amphibious Ready Group Exercises (ARGEX) off the coast of the Republic...

Philippine Sea (Sep. 12, 2003) Amphibious Assault Vehicle's (AAV) leave the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during Amphibious Ready Group Exercises (ARGEX) off the coast of the Republ... more

Landing Craft-Utility (LCU) transports Marines

Landing Craft-Utility (LCU) transports Marines

Philippine Sea (Sep. 15, 2003) A Landing Craft-Utility (LCU) transports Marines and equipment of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) from the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) to t... more

launches Landing Craft Utilities

launches Landing Craft Utilities

Luzon, Philippines (Sep. 18, 2003) The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) launches Landing Craft Utilities in the early morning hours to transport personnel and equipment to Ternate Beach. The Essex Amp... more

participate in Blue/Green Workups,

participate in Blue/Green Workups,

Luzon, Philippines (Sep. 18, 2003) The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) launches Landing Craft Utilities in the early morning hours to transport personnel and equipment to Ternate Beach. Essex Amphibi... more

lands on Luzon Island

lands on Luzon Island

Luzon, Philippines (Sep. 18, 2003) An MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter assigned to the Providers of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Five (HC-5) launched from the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) lands o... more

Sailors and Marines assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) assist Sailors from the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy's 6th Air Wing Command and 102nd Defense Squadron by removing debris.

Sailors and Marines assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex ...

Pohang, South Korea (Mar. 23, 2004) Sailors and Marines assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) assist Sailors from the Republic of Korea (ROK) Nav... more

U.S. Navy Sailors line up to meet The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (right standing on podium), U.S. Secretary of Defense, while he is aboard the USN Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2) during his stay in Singapore (SGP). (DoD photo by CPL. Gregory A Russell) (Released)

U.S. Navy Sailors line up to meet The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (ri...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Gregory A Russell, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (right), U.S. Secretary of Defense, shakes hands with a U.S. Marine Corps Marine (left) after re-enlisting him while aboard the USN Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2) during his stay in Singapore (SGP). (DoD photo by CPL. Gregory A Russell) (Released)

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (right), U.S. Secretary of Defense, s...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Gregory A Russell, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (standing at the lectern), the U.S. Secretary of Defense, speaks to U.S. Navy Sailors and U.S. Marine Corps Marines aboard the USN Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2) during his stay in Singapore (SGP). (DoD photo by CPL. Gregory A Russell) (Released)

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (standing at the lectern), the U.S. S...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Gregory A Russell, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (left), U.S. Secretary of Defense, shakes hands with a U.S. Navy PETTY Officer First Class (PO1) after re-enlisting him while aboard the USN Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2) during his stay in Singapore (SGP). (DoD photo by CPL. Gregory A Russell) (Released)

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (left), U.S. Secretary of Defense, sh...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Gregory A Russell, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (standing on the podium behind the lectern), the U.S. Secretary of Defense, speaks to U.S. Navy Sailors and U.S. Marine Corps Marines aboard the USN Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2) during his stay in Singapore (SGP). (DoD photo by CPL. Gregory A Russell) (Released)

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (standing on the podium behind the le...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Gregory A Russell, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (center, standing behind the lectern), the U.S. Secretary of Defense, speaks to U.S. Navy Sailors and U.S. Marine Corps Marines aboard the USN Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2) during his stay in Singapore (SGP). (DoD photo by CPL. Gregory A Russell) (Released)

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (center, standing behind the lectern)...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Gregory A Russell, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (standing on the podium behind the lectern), the U.S. Secretary of Defense, speaks to U.S. Navy Sailors and U.S. Marine Corps Marines aboard the USN Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2) during his stay in Singapore (SGP). (DoD photo by CPL. Gregory A Russell) (Released)

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (standing on the podium behind the le...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Gregory A Russell, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

U.S. Marine Corps Marines (left group) and U.S. Navy Sailors (right group) stand in formation waiting for the arrival of The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld, the U.S. Secretary of Defense aboard the USN Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2) during his stay in Singapore (SGP). (DoD photo by CPL. Gregory A Russell) (Released)

U.S. Marine Corps Marines (left group) and U.S. Navy Sailors (right gr...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Gregory A Russell, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (standing on the podium behind the lectern), the U.S. Secretary of Defense, speaks to U.S. Navy Sailors and U.S. Marine Corps Marines aboard the USN Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2) during his stay in Singapore (SGP). (DoD photo by CPL. Gregory A Russell) (Released)

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (standing on the podium behind the le...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Gregory A Russell, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (standing on the podium behind the lectern), the U.S. Secretary of Defense, speaks to U.S. Navy Sailors and U.S. Marine Corps Marines aboard the USN Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2) during his stay in Singapore (SGP). (DoD photo by CPL. Gregory A Russell) (Released)

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (standing on the podium behind the le...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Gregory A Russell, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (center), the U.S. Secretary of Defense, meets with U.S. Navy Sailors and U.S. Marine Corps Marines aboard the USN Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2) during his stay in Singapore (SGP). (DoD photo by CPL. Gregory A Russell) (Released)

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (center), the U.S. Secretary of Defen...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Gregory A Russell, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

U.S. Navy Sailors line up to meet The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (civilian, center), U.S. Secretary of Defense, while he is aboard the USN Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2) during his stay in Singapore (SGP). (DoD photo by CPL. Gregory A Russell) (Released)

U.S. Navy Sailors line up to meet The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (ci...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Gregory A Russell, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (center), U.S. Secretary of Defense, shakes hands with a U.S. Marine Corps Marine (left) after re-enlisting him while aboard the USN Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2) during his stay in Singapore (SGP). (DoD photo by CPL. Gregory A Russell) (Released)

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (center), U.S. Secretary of Defense, ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Gregory A Russell, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense, (second from left), and U.S. Army LT. GEN. Bantz J. Craddock (right), SENIOR Military Assistant to Secretary Rumsfeld, are followed by two civilian reporters while they are aboard the U.S. Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during his stay in Singapore. (DoD photo by CPL. Gregory A. Russell) (Released)

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld, U.S. Secretary of Defense, (second f...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Gregory A Russell, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

U.S. Navy Sailors salute upon the arrival of The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (stepping onto the red carpet), the U.S. Secretary of Defense, aboard the USN Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2) during his stay in Singapore (SGP). (DoD photo by CPL. Gregory A Russell) (Released)

U.S. Navy Sailors salute upon the arrival of The Honorable Donald H. R...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Gregory A Russell, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld makes some comments after reenlisting 30 Sailors and two Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld makes some comments after reenlis...

Changi Naval Base, Singapore (Jun. 04, 2004) Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld makes some comments after reenlisting 30 Sailors and two Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Rumsfeld ... more

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (center left), U.S. Secretary of Defense, reviews saluting U.S. Navy officers upon his arrival aboard the USN Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2) during his stay in Singapore (SGP). (DoD photo by CPL. Gregory A Russell) (Released)

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (center left), U.S. Secretary of Defe...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Gregory A Russell, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

U.S. Navy Sailors raise their right hands and repeat the re-enlistment oath being administered by The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (right), U.S. Secretary of Defense, while he is aboard the USN Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2) during his stay in Singapore (SGP). (DoD photo by CPL. Gregory A Russell) (Released)

U.S. Navy Sailors raise their right hands and repeat the re-enlistment...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Gregory A Russell, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (center), the U.S. Secretary of Defense, meets with U.S. Navy Sailors and U.S. Marine Corps Marines aboard the USN Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2) during his stay in Singapore (SGP). (DoD photo by CPL. Gregory A Russell) (Released)

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (center), the U.S. Secretary of Defen...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Gregory A Russell, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld re-enlists 30 Sailors and two Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld re-enlists 30 Sailors and two Mar...

Changi Naval Base, Singapore (Jun. 04, 2004) Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld re-enlists 30 Sailors and two Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Rumsfeld was aboard the Navy vessel ... more

Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) assemble on the ship's flight deck for an address by the U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD ...

Changi Naval Base, Singapore (Jun. 04, 2004) Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) assemble on the ship's flight deck for an address by the U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Ru... more

U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld meets with Sailors and Marines on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).

U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld meets with Sailors and Marin...

Changi Naval Base, Singapore (Jun. 04, 2004) U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld meets with Sailors and Marines on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Secretary Rumsfeld ... more

Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) raise their right had while repeating the oath of enlistment, during a reenlisted ceremony conducted on the ship's flight deck by the U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) raise the...

Changi Naval Base, Singapore (Jun. 04, 2004) Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) raise their right hands while repeating the oath of enlistment, during a reenlisted ceremony conducted o... more

U.S. Navy Sailors (front row) and U.S. Marine Corps Marines (back row) stand by waiting for the arrival of The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld, the U.S. Secretary of Defense, aboard the USN Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2) during his stay in Singapore (SGP). (DoD photo by CPL. Gregory A Russell) (Released)

U.S. Navy Sailors (front row) and U.S. Marine Corps Marines (back row)...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Gregory A Russell, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

U.S. Navy Captain (CAPT) Jan M. Tol (left), Commanding Officer (CO), USN Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2), introduces The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (right), U.S. Secretary of Defense, upon his arrival aboard the USS ESSEX during his stay in Singapore (SGP). (DoD photo by CPL. Gregory A Russell) (Released)

U.S. Navy Captain (CAPT) Jan M. Tol (left), Commanding Officer (CO), U...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Gregory A Russell, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

nes from eight U.S. Navy ships about the important role the United States is playing in the global war on terrorism.

nes from eight U.S. Navy ships about the important role the United Sta...

Changi Naval Base, Singapore (Jun. 04, 2004) Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Donald Rumsfeld speaks with Sailors and Marines from eight U.S. Navy ships about the important role the United States is playing in the... more

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (standing on the podium behind the lectern), the U.S. Secretary of Defense, speaks to U.S. Navy Sailors and U.S. Marine Corps Marines aboard the USN Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2) during his stay in Singapore (SGP)

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (standing on the podium behind the le...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Gregory A Russell, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (center), U.S. Secretary of Defense, prepares to shake hands with a U.S. Navy PETTY Officer First Class (PO1) after re-enlisting him while aboard the USN Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2) during his stay in Singapore (SGP). (DoD photo by CPL. Gregory A Russell) (Released)

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (center), U.S. Secretary of Defense, ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Gregory A Russell, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (standing on the podium behind the lectern), the U.S. Secretary of Defense, speaks to U.S. Navy Sailors and U.S. Marine Corps Marines aboard the USN Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2) during his stay in Singapore (SGP). (DoD photo by CPL. Gregory A Russell) (Released)

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (standing on the podium behind the le...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Gregory A Russell, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (left), U.S. Secretary of Defense, reviews saluting U.S. Navy officers upon his arrival aboard the USN Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2) during his stay in Singapore (SGP). (DoD photo by CPL. Gregory A Russell) (Released)

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (left), U.S. Secretary of Defense, re...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Gregory A Russell, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (third from left), U.S. Secretary of Defense, greets U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps officers upon his arrival aboard the USN Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS ESSEX (LHD 2) during his stay in Singapore (SGP). (DoD photo by CPL. Gregory A Russell) (Released)

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld (third from left), U.S. Secretary of ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Scene Camera Operator: CPL Gregory A Russell, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files