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Marines from the Light Armored Vehicle Platoon, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, the Ground Combat Element of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Okinawa, Japan, drive off a Naval Landing Craft Air Cushioned (LCAC). The LCAC brought the Marines ashore from USS ESSEX (LHD 2) in a training exercise preparing for the MEU's Special Operations Capable Qualification Exercise (SOCEX). The MEU is embarked aboard the Essex Amphibious Ready Group for SOCEX, which will certify the MEU's capability to execute any mission in its area of operation

Marines from the Light Armored Vehicle Platoon, Battalion Landing Team...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: SOCEX State: Okinawa Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Camera Operator: SGT Bryce R. Piper Release Status: Released to Public Combi... more

Mount Suribachi, a volcanic crater on the small island of Iwo Jima, serves as the background for USS Juneau (LPD 10) as she prepares to take on AAVs from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit during Blue-Green Workups off the coast of Iwo Jima on March 15, 2001. JUNEAU, which is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group, is off the coast to participate in the 56th Iwo Jima Commemoration. Blue-Green Workups are a series of training exercises designed to solidify the working relationship of Sailors and Marines during an Amphibious Ready Group deployment

Mount Suribachi, a volcanic crater on the small island of Iwo Jima, se...

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

Amphibious Assault Vehicles from the the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit ride up on the black-sand beach of Iwo Jima. The 31st MEU is embarked the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and was off the coast of Iwo Jima participating in the 56th Iwo Jima Commemoration

Amphibious Assault Vehicles from the the 31st Marine Expeditionary Uni...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Iwo Jima Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Bryan Taylor, USN Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital P... more

US Navy (USN) Ships assigned to the Essex Amphibious Ready Group underway in the Pacific Ocean, while conducting a semi-annual amphibious integration training exercise known as the Blue-Green Workups. Pictured left-to-right, the WHIDBEY ISLAND CLASS: Dock Land Ship, the USS GERMANTOWN (LSD 42), WASP CLASS: Amphibious Assault Ship, USS ESSEX (LHD 2), the AUSTIN CLASS: Amphibious Transport Dock, USS JUNEAU (LPD 10) and the USS FORT McHENRY (LSD 43)

US Navy (USN) Ships assigned to the Essex Amphibious Ready Group under...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Camera Operator: PHAA Stephanie M. Bergman, USN Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital ... more

A Landing Craft Utility (LCU), delivers Sailors and U.S. Marines from the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) to the island of Iwo Jima

A Landing Craft Utility (LCU), delivers Sailors and U.S. Marines from ...

Iwo Jima, Japan (Mar. 03, 2003) A Landing Craft Utility (LCU), delivers Sailors and U.S. Marines from the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) to the island of Iwo Jima. The Essex ARG, consisting of USS Essex (L... more

A Landing Craft Utility (LCU), is guided ashore by Sailors from Beach Master Unit One (BMU-1) as it transports U.S. Marines and their equipment ashore from the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG)

A Landing Craft Utility (LCU), is guided ashore by Sailors from Beach ...

Iwo Jima, Japan (Mar. 10, 2003) A Landing Craft Utility (LCU), is guided ashore by Sailors from Beach Master Unit One (BMU-1) as it transports U.S. Marines and their equipment ashore from the Essex Amphibious R... 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

during amphibious operations off the coast of the Republic of the Philippines

during amphibious operations off the coast of the Republic of the Phil...

Philippine Sea (Sep. 12, 2003) An Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) launched from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harper's Ferry (LSD 49) makes its way toward the well deck of USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) duri... 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

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Joshua Stone uses pre-translated phrases to ascertain the needs of several East Timorese patients waiting to be seen by a doctor

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Joshua Stone uses pre-translated phrases t...

Dili, East Timor (Oct. 31, 2003) Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Joshua Stone uses pre-translated phrases to ascertain the needs of several East Timorese patients waiting to be seen by a doctor. A large number of ... more

US Navy (USN) PETTY Officer 2nd Class (PO2) Richard L. Slaysman, US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group 31 (MSSG-31), 31st MEU SOC (Special Operations Capable), Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON 11), Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), sutures a patient inside the temporary medical clinic set up at a Ban Khok Wat Elementary School, Thailand. The MSSG-31 is working with Royal Thai Marine Corps (RTMC) Marines in a combined Medical/Dental Community Assistance Project (Med/Den CAP) providing medical and dental aid to the local rural population at a temporary clinic established at Ban Khok Wat Elementary School, in Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2004

US Navy (USN) PETTY Officer 2nd Class (PO2) Richard L. Slaysman, US Ma...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Ban Khok Wat Elementary School State: Chanthaburi Province Country: Thailand (THA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT. J. D. Cress, USMC Release Status... more

US Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) George A. Guajardo, Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group 31 (MSSG-31), 31st MEU SOC (Special Operations Capable), Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON 11), Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), builds a ramp for a medical clinic. The MSSG-31 is working with Royal Thai Marine Corps (RTMC) Marines in a combined Medical/Dental Community Assistance Project (Med/Den CAP) providing medical and dental aid to the local rural population at a temporary clinic established at Ban Khok Wat Elementary School, in Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2004

US Marine Corps (USMC) Lance Corporal (LCPL) George A. Guajardo, Marin...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Ban Khok Wat Elementary School State: Chanthaburi Province Country: Thailand (THA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT. J. D. Cress, USMC Release Status... more

US Navy (USN) PETTY Officer 2nd Class (PO2) Varin Nasongkla, Information Systems Technician Sailor, USS Essex (LHD 2), translates for US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines and USN Sailors, assigned to Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group 31 (MSSG-31), 31st MEU SOC (Special Operations Capable), Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON 11), Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), who are working with Royal Thai Marine Corps (RTMC) Marines in a combined Medical/Dental Community Assistance Project (Med/Den CAP) providing medical and dental aid to the local rural population at a temporary clinic established at Ban Khok Wat Elementary School, in Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2004

US Navy (USN) PETTY Officer 2nd Class (PO2) Varin Nasongkla, Informati...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Ban Khok Wat Elementary School State: Chanthaburi Province Country: Thailand (THA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT. J. D. Cress, USMC Release Status... more

US Navy (USN) Lieutenant (LT) David A. Weiss, surgeon, US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group 31 (MSSG-31), 31st MEU SOC (Special Operations Capable), Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON 11), Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), examines a patient inside the temporary medical clinic set up at a Ban Khok Wat Elementary School, Thailand. The MSSG-31 is working with Royal Thai Marine Corps (RTMC) Marines in a combined Medical/Dental Community Assistance Project (Med/Den CAP) providing medical and dental aid to the local rural population at a temporary clinic established at Ban Khok Wat Elementary School, in Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2004

US Navy (USN) Lieutenant (LT) David A. Weiss, surgeon, US Marine Corps...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Ban Khok Wat Elementary School State: Chanthaburi Province Country: Thailand (THA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT. J. D. Cress, USMC Release Status... more

Patients line up outside a temporary medical clinic established at a Ban Khok Wat Elementary School by US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines and US Navy (USN) personnel, Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group 31 (MSSG-31), 31st MEU SOC (Special Operations Capable), Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON 11), Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG). The MSSG-31 is working with Royal Thai Marine Corps (RTMC) Marines in a combined Medical/Dental Community Assistance Project (Med/Den CAP) providing medical and dental aid to the local rural population at a temporary clinic established at Ban Khok Wat Elementary School, in Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD 2004

Patients line up outside a temporary medical clinic established at a B...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Ban Khok Wat Elementary School State: Chanthaburi Province Country: Thailand (THA) Scene Camera Operator: SSGT. J. D. Cress, USMC Release Status... more

US Navy (USN) PETTY Officer 2nd Class (PO2) Varin Nasongkla, Information Systems Technician Sailor, USS Essex (LHD 2), translates medical information to a Thai civilian patient for US Marine Corps (USMC) and USN medical personnel, Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group 31 (MSSG-31), 31st MEU SOC (Special Operations Capable), Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON 11), Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), who are working with Royal Thai Marine Corps (RTMC) Marines in a combined Medical/Dental Community Assistance Project (Med/Den CAP) providing medical and dental aid to the local rural population at a temporary clinic established at Ban Khok Wat Elementary School, in Thailand,...

US Navy (USN) PETTY Officer 2nd Class (PO2) Varin Nasongkla, Informati...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: [Complete] Scene Caption: US Navy (USN) PETTY Officer 2nd Class (PO2) Varin Nasongkla, Information Systems Technician Sailor, USS Essex (LHD 2), translate... more

US Navy (USN) Lieutenant (LT) Steven H. Bailey, dentist, US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group 31 (MSSG-31), 31st MEU SOC (Special Operations Capable), Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON 11), Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), extracts a tooth from a patient inside the temporary medical clinic set up at a Ban Khok Wat Elementary School, Thailand. The MSSG-31 is working with Royal Thai Marine Corps (RTMC) Marines in a combined Medical/Dental Community Assistance Project (Med/Den CAP) providing medical and dental aid to the local rural population at a temporary clinic established at Ban Khok Wat Elementary School, in Thailand, during Exercise COBRA GOLD...

US Navy (USN) Lieutenant (LT) Steven H. Bailey, dentist, US Marine Cor...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: [Complete] Scene Caption: US Navy (USN) Lieutenant (LT) Steven H. Bailey, dentist, US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support ... more

US Navy (USN) Lieutenant (LT) David A. Weiss, surgeon, US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group 31 (MSSG-31), 31st MEU SOC (Special Operations Capable), Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON 11), Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), uses a stethoscope to examine a patient inside the temporary medical clinic set up at a Ban Khok Wat Elementary School, Thailand. The MSSG-31 is working with Royal Thai Marine Corps (RTMC) Marines in a combined Medical/Dental Community Assistance Project (Med/Den CAP) providing medical and dental aid to the local rural population at a temporary clinic established at Ban Khok Wat Elementary School, in Thailand, during Exercise...

US Navy (USN) Lieutenant (LT) David A. Weiss, surgeon, US Marine Corps...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: [Complete] Scene Caption: US Navy (USN) Lieutenant (LT) David A. Weiss, surgeon, US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Gr... more

US Navy (USN) Lieutenant (LT) Steven H. Bailey, dentist, US Marine orps (USM) Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group 31 (MSSG-31), 31st MEU SO (Special Operations apable), Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON 11), Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), prepares to extract a tooth from a patient inside the temporary medical clinic set up at a Ban Khok Wat Elementary School, Thailand. The MSSG-31 is working with Royal Thai Marine orps (RTM) Marines in a combined Medical/Dental ommunity Assistance Project (Med/Den AP) providing medical and dental aid to the local rural population at a temporary clinic established at Ban Khok Wat Elementary School, in Thailand, during Exercise...

US Navy (USN) Lieutenant (LT) Steven H. Bailey, dentist, US Marine orp...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: [Complete] Scene Caption: US Navy (USN) Lieutenant (LT) Steven H. Bailey, dentist, US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support ... more

US Navy (USN) Lieutenant (LT) Steven H. Bailey, dentist, US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group 31 (MSSG-31), 31st MEU SOC (Special Operations Capable), Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON 11), Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), injects novocaine in preparation to extract a tooth from a Thai patient inside the temporary medical clinic set up at the Ban Khok Wat Elementary Thailand. The MSSG-31 is working with Royal Thai Marine Corps (RTMC) Marines in a combined Medical/Dental Community Assistance Project (Med/Den CAP) providing medical and dental aid to the local rural population at a temporary clinic established at Ban Khok Wat Elementary...

US Navy (USN) Lieutenant (LT) Steven H. Bailey, dentist, US Marine Cor...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: [Complete] Scene Caption: US Navy (USN) Lieutenant (LT) Steven H. Bailey, dentist, US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support ... more

A young Thai patient has had two teeth extracted by US Navy (USN) Lieutenant (LT) Steven H. Bailey, dentist, US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine xpeditionary Unit (MU) Service Support Group 31 (MSSG-31), 31st MU SOC (Special Operations Capable), Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON 11), ssex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), inside the temporary medical clinic set up at a Ban Khok Wat lementary School, Thailand. The MSSG-31 is working with Royal Thai Marine Corps (RTMC) Marines in a combined Medical/Dental Community Assistance Project (Med/Den CAP) providing medical and dental aid to the local rural population at a temporary clinic established at Ban Khok Wat lementary School, in Thailand, during...

A young Thai patient has had two teeth extracted by US Navy (USN) Lieu...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: [Complete] Scene Caption: A young Thai patient has had two teeth extracted by US Navy (USN) Lieutenant (LT) Steven H. Bailey, dentist, US Marine Corps (US... more

US Navy (USN) PETTY Officer 2nd Class (PO2) Varin Nasongkla, Information Systems Technician Sailor, USS Essex (LHD 2), comforts a young Thai patient during a tooth extraction procedure inside a orary medical clinic set up at a Ban Khok Wat Elementary School, Thailand, by the US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group 31 (MSSG-31), 31st MEU SOC (Special Operations Capable), Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON 11), Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG). The MSSG-31 is working with Royal Thai Marine Corps (RTMC) Marines in a combined Medical/Dental Community Assistance Project (Med/Den CAP) providing medical and dental aid to the local rural population at a...

US Navy (USN) PETTY Officer 2nd Class (PO2) Varin Nasongkla, Informati...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: [Complete] Scene Caption: US Navy (USN) PETTY Officer 2nd Class (PO2) Varin Nasongkla, Information Systems Technician Sailor, USS Essex (LHD 2), comforts ... more

US Navy (USN) Lieutenant (LT) Steven H. Bailey, dentist, US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group 31 (MSSG-31), 31st MEU SOC (Special Operations Capable), Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON 11), Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), injects novocaine in preparation to extract a tooth from a Thai patient inside the temporary medical clinic set up at the Ban Khok Wat Elementary Thailand. The MSSG-31 is working with Royal Thai Marine Corps (RTMC) Marines in a combined Medical/Dental Community Assistance Project (Med/Den CAP) providing medical and dental aid to the local rural population at a temporary clinic established at Ban Khok Wat Elementary...

US Navy (USN) Lieutenant (LT) Steven H. Bailey, dentist, US Marine Cor...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: [Complete] Scene Caption: US Navy (USN) Lieutenant (LT) Steven H. Bailey, dentist, US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support ... more

US Navy (USN) PETTY Officer 3rd Class (PO3) Michael K. Weeks, US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group 31 (MSSG-31), 31st MEU SOC (Special Operations Capable), Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON 11), Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), cleans the teeth of a Thai patient inside the temporary medical clinic set up at the Ban Khok Wat Elementary School, Thailand. The MSSG-31 is working with Royal Thai Marine Corps (RTMC) Marines in a combined Medical/Dental Community Assistance Project (Med/Den CAP) providing medical and dental aid to the local rural population at a temporary clinic established at Ban Khok Wat Elementary School, in Thailand, during Exercise...

US Navy (USN) PETTY Officer 3rd Class (PO3) Michael K. Weeks, US Marin...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: [Complete] Scene Caption: US Navy (USN) PETTY Officer 3rd Class (PO3) Michael K. Weeks, US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Sup... more

US Navy (USN) Lieutenant (LT) David A. Weiss, surgeon, US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group 31 (MSSG-31), 31st MEU SOC (Special Operations Capable), Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON 11), Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), attempts to get a young Thai patient to open his mouth wide during a preliminary checkup inside the temporary medical clinic set up at a Ban Khok Wat ntary School, Thailand. The MSSG-31 is working with Royal Thai Marine Corps (RTMC) Marines in a combined Medical/Dental Community Assistance Project (Med/Den CAP) providing medical and dental aid to the local rural population at a temporary clinic established at Ban Khok Wat...

US Navy (USN) Lieutenant (LT) David A. Weiss, surgeon, US Marine Corps...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: [Complete] Scene Caption: US Navy (USN) Lieutenant (LT) David A. Weiss, surgeon, US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Gr... more

US Marine Corps (USMC) Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Thomas A, Gorry, Commanding Officer (CO), Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group 31 (MSSG-31), 31st MEU SOC (Special Operations Capable), Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON 11), Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), awards US Navy (USN) PETTY Officer 2nd Class (PO2) Varin Nasongkla, Information Systems Technician Sailor, USS Essex (LHD 2), the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal for her outstanding effort in accomplishing the difficult task of translating for USMC Marines and USN Sailors who are working with Royal Thai Marine Corps (RTMC) Marines in a combined Medical/Dental Community Assistance Project (Med/Den CAP) providing...

US Marine Corps (USMC) Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Thomas A, Gorry, Comma...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: [Complete] Scene Caption: US Marine Corps (USMC) Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Thomas A, Gorry, Commanding Officer (CO), Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Servic... more

US Navy (USN) PETTY Officer 2nd Class (PO2) Varin Nasongkla, Information Systems Technician Sailor, USS Essex (LHD 2), assigned to the US Marine Corps (USMC) Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Service Support Group 31 (MSSG-31), 31st MEU SOC (Special Operations Capable), Amphibious Squadron 11 (PHIBRON 11), Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), walks across a bridge near Hat Yao, Thailand. PO2 Nasongkla served a translator for the MSSG-31 which is working with Royal Thai Marine Corps (RTMC) Marines in a combined Medical/Dental Community Assistance Project (Med/Den CAP) providing medical and dental aid to the local rural population at a temporary clinic established at Ban Khok Wat Elementary...

US Navy (USN) PETTY Officer 2nd Class (PO2) Varin Nasongkla, Informati...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: [Complete] Scene Caption: US Navy (USN) PETTY Officer 2nd Class (PO2) Varin Nasongkla, Information Systems Technician Sailor, USS Essex (LHD 2), assigned ... more

Senior Chief Navy Career counselor Oscar Feaster answers questions a Sailor has prior to taking the CLEP examination.

Senior Chief Navy Career counselor Oscar Feaster answers questions a S...

Pacific Ocean (Oct. 09, 2006) Senior Chief Navy Career counselor Oscar Feaster answers questions a Sailor has prior to taking the CLEP examination. Essex is the Navys only forward deployed amphibious assault sh... more

Guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) sails in a combined formation during an amphibious exercise with Essex Amphibious Ready Group .

Guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) sails in a combined form...

South China Sea (Oct. 20, 2006) Guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) sails in a combined formation during an amphibious exercise with Essex Amphibious Ready Group comprised of the amphibious assault sh... more

The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) sails in a combined formation during an amphibious exercise.

The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) sails in a combined formation d...

South China Sea (Oct. 20, 2006) The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) sails in a combined formation during an amphibious exercise. The ARG is comprised of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), dock la... more

The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) performs an emergency breakaway after sailing in a combined formation during an amphibious exercise.

The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) performs an emergency breakaway...

South China Sea (Oct. 20, 2006) The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) performs an emergency breakaway after sailing in a combined formation during an amphibious exercise. The ARG is comprised of the amphibious... more

Amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) sails in a combined formation during an amphibious exercise with the Essex Amphibious Ready Group.

Amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) sails in a combined formatio...

South China Sea (Oct. 20, 2006) Amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) sails in a combined formation during an amphibious exercise with the Essex Amphibious Ready Group comprised of dock landing ship USS Har... more

A Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo Vehicle (LARC-V) exits the well deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS Juneau (LPD 10) during amphibious operations.

A Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo Vehicle (LARC-V) exits the well de...

Sulu Bay, Philippines (Oct. 23, 2006) A Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo Vehicle (LARC-V) exits the well deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS Juneau (LPD 10) during amphibious operations as part of Talon... more

A landing craft utility (LCU) departs the well deck of the amphibious landing dock ship USS Juneau (LPD 10) carrying U.S. and Philippine Marines.

A landing craft utility (LCU) departs the well deck of the amphibious ...

Sulu Bay, Philippines (Oct. 23, 2006) A landing craft utility (LCU) departs the well deck of the amphibious landing dock ship USS Juneau (LPD 10) carrying U.S. and Philippine Marines who will conduct bilateral ... more

Sgt. Maj. James R. McKay assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) briefs a Marine Staff Sergeant�s Indoctrination Course.

Sgt. Maj. James R. McKay assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Uni...

East China Sea (Nov. 04, 2006) Sgt. Maj. James R. McKay assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) briefs a Marine Staff Sergeants Indoctrination Course that both Marine Staff Sergeants and USS Essex ... more

Sailors on board amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) participate in the annual pre-holiday safety stand down by watching a video on driving safety.

Sailors on board amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) participate...

Okinawa, Japan (Nov. 06, 2006) Sailors on board amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) participate in the annual pre-holiday safety stand down by watching a video on driving safety via the Shipboard Informat... more

USS Essex (LHD 2) is pushed by tugs into her berth.

USS Essex (LHD 2) is pushed by tugs into her berth.

Sasebo, Japan (Dec. 01, 2006) USS Essex (LHD 2) is pushed by tugs into her berth. The return of Essex, the flagship of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ESXARG), caps a two-month fall patrol in which she and AR... more

 Dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) and the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ESXARG) conduct Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) operations during Blue-Green exercises.

Dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) and the Essex Amphibious Ready...

Pacific Ocean (Feb. 04, 2007) Dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) and the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ESXARG) conduct Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) operations during Blue-Green exercises in the vicinity... more

Dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) and the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ESXARG) conduct Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) operations during Blue-Green exercises.

Dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) and the Essex Amphibious Ready ...

Pacific Ocean (Feb. 04, 2007) Dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) and the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ESXARG) conduct Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) operations during Blue-Green exercises in the vicinity... more

Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) John D. Strickland directs the movement of Marine Corps helicopters during a maintenance day aboard amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).

Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) John D. Strickland directs ...

Pacific Ocean (Feb. 08, 2007) Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) John D. Strickland directs the movement of Marine Corps helicopters during a maintenance day aboard amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LH... more

Four AV-8B Harriers prepare for flight operations aboard amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during spring patrol off the coast of Okinawa, Japan.

Four AV-8B Harriers prepare for flight operations aboard amphibious as...

Pacific Ocean (Feb. 09, 2007) Four AV-8B Harriers prepare for flight operations aboard amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during spring patrol off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. Essex is the flagship for t... more

Utility Landing Craft 1645 assigned to the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), transports vehicles and Marines to the Kin Blue, Okinawa for onload and offload exercise.

Utility Landing Craft 1645 assigned to the multi-purpose amphibious as...

Pacific Ocean (Feb. 11, 2007) Utility Landing Craft 1645 assigned to the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), transports vehicles and Marines to the Kin Blue, Okinawa for onload and offload ... more

Utility Landing Craft 1645 assigned to the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), transports vehicles and Marines to the Kin Blue, Okinawa for onload and offload exercises.

Utility Landing Craft 1645 assigned to the multi-purpose amphibious as...

Pacific Ocean (Feb. 11, 2007) Utility Landing Craft 1645 assigned to the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), transports vehicles and Marines to the Kin Blue, Okinawa for onload and offload ... more

The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-AO 197) comes along side USS Essex (LHD 2) for a re-fueling at sea.

The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-A...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 23, 2007) The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-AO 197) comes along side USS Essex (LHD 2) for a re-fueling at sea. Essex is the Navy's only forward deployed ... more

Amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) comes alongside Military Sealift Command (MSC) fleet replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-AO 197) for refueling during an underway replenishment (UNREP) in the vicinity of Okinawa, Japan.

Amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) comes alongside Military Sea...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 23, 2007) Amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) comes alongside Military Sealift Command (MSC) fleet replenishment oiler USNS Pecos (T-AO 197) for refueling during an underway replenishm... more

Landing Craft Utility 1627 of Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 1 readies itself to pull into the well deck of USS Essex (LHD 2) flagship of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ESXARG).

Landing Craft Utility 1627 of Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 1 readies itsel...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Mar. 22, 2007) Landing Craft Utility 1627 of Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 1 readies itself to pull into the well deck of USS Essex (LHD 2) flagship of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ESXARG). Essex... more

Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) prepares to transit U.S./Republic of Korean Marines and equipment on the Korean shores in support of Foal Eagle 2007.

Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) prepares to transit U.S./Republic of...

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Mar. 29, 2007) Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) prepares to transit U.S./Republic of Korean Marines and equipment on the Korean shores in support of Foal Eagle 2007. Foal Eagle is an annually ... more

A Republic of Korea tank exits a Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) in preparation in support of Foal Eagle 07.

A Republic of Korea tank exits a Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) in p...

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Mar. 29, 2007) A Republic of Korea tank exits a Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) in preparation in support of Foal Eagle 07. Foal Eagle is an annually scheduled exercise involving forces from t... more

Landing Craft Air Cushions (LCAC) assigned to Beach master Unit (BMU) 5 WESTPAC prepare to onload equipment while on Republic of Korea shores in support of Foal Eagle 07.

Landing Craft Air Cushions (LCAC) assigned to Beach master Unit (BMU) ...

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Mar. 29, 2007) Landing Craft Air Cushions (LCAC) assigned to Beach master Unit (BMU) 5 WESTPAC prepare to onload equipment while on Republic of Korea shores in support of Foal Eagle 07. Foal Ea... more

Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) transit U.S./Republic of Korean Marines and equipment on the Korean shores in support of Foal Eagle 2007.

Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) transit U.S./Republic of Korean Mari...

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Mar. 29, 2007) Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) transit U.S./Republic of Korean Marines and equipment on the Korean shores in support of Foal Eagle 2007. Foal Eagle is an annually scheduled ex... more

Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) prepares to transit U.S./Republic of Korean Marines and equipment on the Korean shores in support of Foal Eagle 2007.

Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) prepares to transit U.S./Republic of...

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Mar. 29, 2007) Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) transit U.S./Republic of Korean Marines and equipment on the Korean shores in support of Foal Eagle 2007. Foal Eagle is an annually scheduled ex... more

Landing Craft Air Cushions (LCAC) assigned to Beachmaster Unit (BMU) 5 WESTPAC prepare to onload equipment while on Republic of Korea shores in support of Foal Eagle 07.

Landing Craft Air Cushions (LCAC) assigned to Beachmaster Unit (BMU) 5...

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Mar. 29, 2007) Landing Craft Air Cushions (LCAC) assigned to Beachmaster Unit (BMU) 5 WESTPAC prepare to onload equipment while on Republic of Korea shores in support of Foal Eagle 07. Foal Eag... more

Amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) pulls away from the pier after a four-day port visit to Republic of Korea�s 2nd largest city.

Amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) pulls away from the pier aft...

BUSAN, Republic of Korea (Apr. 08, 2007) Amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) pulls away from the pier after a four-day port visit to Republic of Koreas 2nd largest city. Sailors and Marines of the Essex A... more

An Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) leaves the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Juneau (LPD 10).

An Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) from the 31st Marine Expeditionar...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Apr. 10, 2007) An Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) leaves the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Juneau (LPD 10) en route to their ... more

Marines and Sailors aboard the USS Essex, fill 5 gallon

Marines and Sailors aboard the USS Essex, fill 5 gallon

Marines and Sailors aboard the USS Essex, fill 5 gallon water bladders May 16, in preparation for possible humanitarian assistance and disaster relief for the victims of Cyclone Nargis. The service members with... more

USS Essex Marines and Sailors enjoy "Fun Run."

USS Essex Marines and Sailors enjoy "Fun Run."

Marines and Sailors with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Essex Amphibious Ready Group participate in a 5-km "Fun Run" on the flight deck of the forward deployed amphibious ship, USS Essex May 18. The Ess... more

Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class LaRue Wilkins displays Okinawa style karate during a Asian Pacific Heritage Month event aboard USS Essex (LHD 2).

Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class LaRue Wilkins displays Okinawa style ka...

ANDAMAN SEA (May. 20, 2008) Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class LaRue Wilkins displays Okinawa style karate during a Asian Pacific Heritage Month event aboard USS Essex (LHD 2). The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG... more

A Sailor aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) waves a green flag as Landing Craft, Utility (LCU) 1631 prepares to enter the ship's well deck.

A Sailor aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) waves a ...

ANDAMAN SEA (May. 22, 2008) A Sailor aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) waves a green flag as Landing Craft, Utility (LCU) 1631 prepares to enter the ship's well deck. The Essex Amphibious Rea... more

The stern gate of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) sits open as the ship conducts landing craft, utility (LCU) operations with the guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89).

The stern gate of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) sits o...

ANDAMAN SEA (May. 22, 2008) The stern gate of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) sits open as the ship conducts landing craft, utility (LCU) operations with the guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (D... more

The forward-deployed amphibious ship USS Essex (LHD 2) steams through the Andaman Sea.

The forward-deployed amphibious ship USS Essex (LHD 2) steams through ...

ANDAMAN SEA (May. 23, 2008) The forward-deployed amphibious ship USS Essex (LHD 2) steams through the Andaman Sea. The lead ship in the Essex Amphibious Ready Group is standing by in international waters off th... more

The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) steams in formation in the Andaman Sea.

The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) steams in formation in the Anda...

ANDAMAN SEA (May. 23, 2008) The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) steams in formation in the Andaman Sea. The Essex ARG is standing by in international waters off the coast of Burma in support of Joint Task Fo... more

The amphibious ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) steam in formation in the Andaman Sea.

The amphibious ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and the Essex Amphibious Ready G...

ANDAMAN SEA (May. 23, 2008) The amphibious ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) steam in formation in the Andaman Sea. The Essex ARG is standing by in international waters off the c... more

The amphibious ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) steam in formation in the Andaman Sea.

The amphibious ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and the Essex Amphibious Ready G...

ANDAMAN SEA (May. 23, 2008) The amphibious ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) steam in formation in the Andaman Sea. The Essex ARG is standing by in international waters off the c... more

The forward-deployed amphibious ship USS Essex (LHD 2) steams through the Andaman Sea.

The forward-deployed amphibious ship USS Essex (LHD 2) steams through ...

ANDAMAN SEA (May. 23, 2008) The forward-deployed amphibious ship USS Essex (LHD 2) steams through the Andaman Sea. The lead ship in the Essex Amphibious Ready Group is standing by in international waters off th... more

USS Essex (LHD 2) conducts a replenishment at sea with the British frigate HMS Westminster (F237).

USS Essex (LHD 2) conducts a replenishment at sea with the British fri...

ANDAMAN SEA (May. 24, 2008) USS Essex (LHD 2) conducts a replenishment at sea with the British frigate HMS Westminster (F237). The Essex Amphibious Ready Group is off the coast of Burma supporting a potential h... more

ANDAMAN SEA (MAY 24, 2008) The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) conducts a replenishment at sea with the British frigate HMS Westminster (F237).

ANDAMAN SEA (MAY 24, 2008) The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD ...

ANDAMAN SEA (May. 24, 2008) USS Essex (LHD 2) conducts a replenishment at sea with the British frigate HMS Westminster (F237). The Essex Amphibious Ready Group is off the coast of Burma supporting a potential h... more

A hose team simulates fighting a fire during a general quarters drill aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).

A hose team simulates fighting a fire during a general quarters drill ...

ANDAMAN SEA (May. 28, 2008) A hose team simulates fighting a fire during a general quarters drill aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is standing by in i... more

The guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) receives fuel from the amphibious ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during a replenishment-at-sea.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) receives fuel from th...

ANDAMAN SEA (May. 29, 2008) The guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) receives fuel from the amphibious ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during a replenishment-at-sea. The Essex Amphibious Ready Group is standing ... more

An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter assigned to the

An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter assigned to the

ANDAMAN SEA (May. 31, 2008) An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter assigned to the "Island Knights" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 takes off as a landing craft air cushioned (LCAC) departs the well deck of th... more

An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter attached to Sea Combat Helicopter Squadron (HSC) 25 Search and Rescue Det. transports a pallet of supplies to the amphibious ship USS Essex (LHD 2).

An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter attached to Sea Combat Helicopter Squadro...

ANDAMAN SEA (Jun. 01, 2008) An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter attached to Sea Combat Helicopter Squadron (HSC) 25 Search and Rescue Det. transports a pallet of supplies to the amphibious ship USS Essex (LHD 2) durin... more

The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) sails through intermittent heavy rain during a transit through the Singapore Strait.

The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) sails through intermitte...

SINGAPORE STRAIT (Jun. 07, 2008) The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) sails through intermittent heavy rain during a transit through the Singapore Strait. Essex, lead ship of the Essex Amphibious Ready... more

ESSEX Amphibious Ready Group

ESSEX Amphibious Ready Group

U.S. Navy aviation boatswain's mates prepare a U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y Venom helicopter, assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 262, for takeoff aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2)... more

ESSEX Amphibious Ready Group

ESSEX Amphibious Ready Group

Fire Controlman 2nd Class Stephen Woodall (left) and Fire Controlman 3rd Class Kyle Schropp (right), both assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), hoist a Rolling Airframe Mis... more

Capt. David Fluker, commanding officer of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), explains the flight deck status board to U.S. Ambassador to Japan John V. Roos.

Capt. David Fluker, commanding officer of the forward-deployed amphibi...

SASEBO, Japan (Jan. 24, 2010) Capt. David Fluker, commanding officer of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), explains the flight deck status board to U.S. Ambassador to Japan John V. ... more

U.S. Ambassador to Japan John V. Roos departs through honor side boys after touring the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).

U.S. Ambassador to Japan John V. Roos departs through honor side boys ...

SASEBO, Japan (Jan. 24, 2010) U.S. Ambassador to Japan John V. Roos departs through honor side boys after touring the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is part of the forward-dep... more

Sailors prepare ammunition aboard USS Essex.

Sailors prepare ammunition aboard USS Essex.

EAST CHINA SEA (Jan. 28, 2010) Fire Controlman 3rd Class Bryce Perkins, from Tuscon, Ariz., and Fire Controlman 2nd Class Jonathan Connor, from Collegetown, Penn., prepare Sea Sparrow Surface Missile System amm... more

Sailors prepare the Sea Sparrow system aboard USS Essex.

Sailors prepare the Sea Sparrow system aboard USS Essex.

EAST CHINA SEA (Jan. 28, 2010) Fire Controlman prepare to load a RIM-7P into the Sea Sparrow Surface Missile System aboard the forward deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). The Essex Amphibious Re... more

Sailor checks the bearing of USS Harpers Ferry.

Sailor checks the bearing of USS Harpers Ferry.

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 29, 2010) Ensign Nathan Furr, operations division officer aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), looks at the gyro compass repeater to check the ship's true bear... more

Sailors conduct anti-terrorism training aboard USS Harpers Ferry.

Sailors conduct anti-terrorism training aboard USS Harpers Ferry.

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 29, 2010) Fire Controlman 2nd Class Travius Caldwell, left, anti-terrorism training supervisor, trains Quartermaster Seaman Ashley Todd in proper handling of an M-16 riffle aboard the amphib... more

The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199) refuels ships in the Pacific Ocean.

The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 29, 2010) The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO-199), center, transfers fuel to the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67), right, as the amphibious... more

A dental officer performs exam aboard USS Essex.

A dental officer performs exam aboard USS Essex.

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 29, 2010) Lt. Cmdr. Jason Brezovic, dental officer aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), performs a routine examination in one of the ship's dental examinati... more

Sailor helps preserve USS Harpers Ferry.

Sailor helps preserve USS Harpers Ferry.

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 30, 2010) Seaman Addison Jordan, from Sacramento, Calif., chips rusts using a needle gun during space preservation aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49). Harpers... more

Marines train on a M-240B aboard USS Harpers Ferry.

Marines train on a M-240B aboard USS Harpers Ferry.

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 30, 2010) The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), embarked aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), trains on a M-240B machine gun during weapons familiariz... more

Marine prepares to board a landing craft utility.

Marine prepares to board a landing craft utility.

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 01, 2010) Seaman Norman E. Gresham assists a Marine assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) onto a landing craft utility in the welldeck of the forward-deployed amphibious ... more

Sailor prepares to throw line to a landing craft utility.

Sailor prepares to throw line to a landing craft utility.

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 01, 2010) Seaman Vincent Opoku throws a heaving line to an approaching landing craft utility in the welldeck of the forward-deployed amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9). Denver... more

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) 3rd Class Lamonica Holt directs the movements of the flight deck refueling team with a sound powered phone aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) 3rd Class Lamonica Holt directs the m...

GULF OF THAILAND (Feb. 06, 2010) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuel) 3rd Class Lamonica Holt directs the movements of the flight deck refueling team with a sound powered phone aboard the amphibious assault ship US... more

The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) receives supplies from the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199).

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

GULF OF THAILAND (Feb. 07, 2010) The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) receives supplies from the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) during an... more

Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Tione M. Williams directs an SA-330J Puma helicopter.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Tione M. Williams directs an SA-330J ...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 07, 2010) Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Tione M. Williams directs an SA-330J Puma helicopter as two Sailors assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious transport dock USS Denver (LPD 9) a... more

Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Tione M. Williams directs an SA-330J Puma helicopter.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Tione M. Williams directs an SA-330J ...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 07, 2010) Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Tione M. Williams directs an SA-330J Puma helicopter as two Sailors assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious transport dock USS Denver (LPD 9) a... more

The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) transits the Gulf of Thailand.

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

GULF OF THAILAND (Feb. 08, 2010) The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) transits the Gulf of Thailand during exercise Cobra Gold 2010. Essex is part of the forward-deployed Essex Amphibi... more

The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) transits through the Gulf of Thailand during exercise Cobra Gold 2010.

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

GULF OF THAILAND (Feb. 08, 2010) The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) transits through the Gulf of Thailand during exercise Cobra Gold 2010. Essex is part of the forward-deployed Essex... more

The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) transits the Gulf of Thailand.

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

GULF OF THAILAND (Feb. 08, 2010) The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) transits the Gulf of Thailand during exercise Cobra Gold 2010. Essex is part of the forward-deployed Essex Amphibi... more

USS Essex Sailors sort mail.

USS Essex Sailors sort mail.

GULF OF THAILAND (Feb. 12, 2010) Sailors assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) sort mail in the ship's hangar bay. Essex is part of the forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Rea... more

Sailors assigned to the forward deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) help students in assemble tents at the Wat Sakaew School during a community service project.

Sailors assigned to the forward deployed amphibious assault ship USS E...

PATTAYA, Thailand (Feb. 17, 2010) Sailors assigned to the forward deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) help students in assemble tents at the Wat Sakaew School during a community service project. ... more

Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) board a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter before fast rope training aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2)

Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) boar...

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Feb. 28, 2010) Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) board a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter before fast rope training aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault sh... more

Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) fast rope from a CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopter

Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) fast...

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Feb. 28, 2010) Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) fast rope from a CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopter onto the flight deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ... more

An amphibious assault vehicle assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) debarks the well deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).

An amphibious assault vehicle assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionar...

PHILIPPINE SEA (Mar. 23, 2010) An amphibious assault vehicle assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) debarks the well deck of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Es... more

Damage Controlman Fireman Mitch Ferdinand presents firefighting ensembles to an inspector during Inspection and Survey aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).

Damage Controlman Fireman Mitch Ferdinand presents firefighting ensemb...

SASEBO, Japan (Jun. 28, 2010) Damage Controlman Fireman Mitch Ferdinand presents firefighting ensembles to an inspector during Inspection and Survey aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex... more

Sailors aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex  (LHD 2) heave a vehicle winch during the ship's Inspection and Survey.

Sailors aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex ...

SASEBO, Japan (Jun. 28, 2010) Sailors aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) heave a vehicle winch during the ship's Inspection and Survey. Essex is part of the forward-deployed ... more