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The amphibious assault ship displays a banner from her stern quoting President Bush: �We will not tire, we will not falter, we will not fail�

The amphibious assault ship displays a banner from her stern quoting P...

At sea aboard USS Iwo Jima The amphibious assault ship displays a banner from her stern quoting President Bush: We will not tire, we will not falter, we will not fail, from the ships stern as Iwo Jima deploys f... More

Amphibious Warfare Ships USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) and USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) steam off the coast of Liberia

Amphibious Warfare Ships USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) and USS Iwo Jima (LH...

Aboard USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Warfare Ships USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) and USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) steam off the coast of Liberia. The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group is stationed off the Liberian coast in support... More

Iwo Jima heads to sea

Iwo Jima heads to sea

Naval Station Norfolk, Va. (Mar. 04, 2003) The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) is guided away from the pier by a tug boat as she deploys on her maiden voyage. The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (A... More

 �We will not tire, we will not falter, we will not fail.�

�We will not tire, we will not falter, we will not fail.�

Naval Station Norfolk, Va. (Mar. 04, 2003) The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) displays a banner from her stern quoting President Bush: We will not tire, we will not falter, we will not fail. The ... More

A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) assigned to Assault Craft Unit Four is loaded with equipment from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) to be transported aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7)

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

Camp LeJeune, N.C. (Mar. 05, 2003) A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) assigned to Assault Craft Unit Four is loaded with equipment from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) to be transported aboard USS... More

Capt. David Taylor, commander, Amphibious Squadron Six, greets Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), Chairman, Armed Services Committee, aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7)

Capt. David Taylor, commander, Amphibious Squadron Six, greets Sen. Jo...

Atlantic Ocean (Aug. 27, 2003) Capt. David Taylor, commander, Amphibious Squadron Six, greets Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), Chairman, Armed Services Committee, aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7... More

Sailors position a MK-105 in the well deck of USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).

Sailors position a MK-105 in the well deck of USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).

PERSIAN GULF (Jan. 29, 2009) Sailors from Helicopter Mine Counter Measures Squadron (HM) 15 position a MK-105 in the well deck of the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). Iwo Jima is depl... More

ailors conduct an agricultural wash-down aboard USS Carter Hall (LSD 50).

ailors conduct an agricultural wash-down aboard USS Carter Hall (LSD 5...

PERSIAN GULF (Jan. 30, 2009) Sailors conduct an agricultural wash-down aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50). Carter Hall is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group su... More

Sailors conduct small boat operations near the guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61).

Sailors conduct small boat operations near the guided-missile destroye...

PERSIAN GULF (Jan. 30, 2009) Sailors conduct small boat operations near the guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61). Ramage is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group supporting maritime se... More

SS Carter Hall (LSD 50) conducts small boat operations.

SS Carter Hall (LSD 50) conducts small boat operations.

PERSIAN GULF (Jan. 30, 2009) The amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) conducts small boat operations. Carter Hall is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group supporting maritime ... More

Rear Adm. Robert P. Girrier visits with Sailors aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).

Rear Adm. Robert P. Girrier visits with Sailors aboard USS Iwo Jima (L...

PERSIAN GULF (Feb. 02, 2009) Rear Adm. Robert P. Girrier, vice commander, Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command, visits with Sailors aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7)... More

USS San Antonio (LPD 17) transits through the Gulf of Oman.

USS San Antonio (LPD 17) transits through the Gulf of Oman.

GULF OF OMAN (Feb. 04, 2009) The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) transits through the Gulf of Oman. San Antonio is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group supporting mari... More

Sailors participate in a flight deck firefighting drill aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72).

Sailors participate in a flight deck firefighting drill aboard the gui...

GULF OF OMAN (Feb. 06, 2009) Sailors participate in a flight deck firefighting drill aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72). Vella Gulf is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Gro... More

Sailors aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) fuel an MH-60S Sea Hawk Helicopter from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26.

Sailors aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 5...

PERSIAN GULF (Feb. 09, 2009) Sailors aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) fuel an MH-60S Sea Hawk Helicopter from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26. Carter Hall is deployed as ... More

Rear Adm. Kevin M. Quinn, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, meets with Sailors aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).

Rear Adm. Kevin M. Quinn, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlanti...

BAHRAIN (Feb. 10, 2009) Rear Adm. Kevin M. Quinn, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, meets with Sailors aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). Iwo Jima is deplo... More

USS San Antonio (LPD 17) anchors off the Kuwaiti coast.

USS San Antonio (LPD 17) anchors off the Kuwaiti coast.

KUWAIT NAVAL BASE (Feb. 10, 2009) The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) anchors off the Kuwaiti coast. San Antonio is deployed as a part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group supporting m... More

Ensign Michael Carter, left, and Chief Quartermaster Melvin Prescott hoist flags during a drill aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50).

Ensign Michael Carter, left, and Chief Quartermaster Melvin Prescott h...

PERSIAN GULF (Feb. 10, 2009) Ensign Michael Carter, left, and Chief Quartermaster Melvin Prescott hoist flags during a drill aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50). Carter Hall is depl... More

A landing craft air cushion departs the beach at Kuwait Naval Base.

A landing craft air cushion departs the beach at Kuwait Naval Base.

KUWAIT NAVAL BASE (Feb. 10, 2009) A landing craft air cushion departs the beach at Kuwait Naval Base, headed to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50). Carter Hall is deployed as a part of th... More

Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Samuel Gable performs an inspection on an MH-60S Sea Hawk.

Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Samuel Gable performs an ins...

PERSIAN GULF (Feb. 12, 2009) Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Samuel Gable, from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26, performs an inspection on an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter aboard the multi-purpos... More

Marines embark aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).

Marines embark aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).

PERSIAN GULF (Feb. 14, 2009) Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26 MEU) embark aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) after completion of sustainment training in the... More

SS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) pulls into port in Kuwait.

SS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) pulls into port in Kuwait.

KUWAIT NAVAL BASE (Feb. 14, 2009) The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) pulls into port in Kuwait. Iwo Jima is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group supporting maritime security ope... More

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter lowers supplies during a vertical replenishment.

An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter lowers supplies during a vertical replen...

PERSIAN GULF (Feb. 14, 2009) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 lowers supplies during a vertical replenishment with the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (L... More

Quartermaster 3rd Class Perry Avila hoists a Romeo flag during a replenishment at sea.

Quartermaster 3rd Class Perry Avila hoists a Romeo flag during a reple...

GULF OF OMAN (Feb. 17, 2009) Quartermaster 3rd Class Perry Avila, from La Hambra, Calif., hoists a Romeo flag during a replenishment at sea aboard the, amphibious dock landing ship, USS Carter Hall (LSD 50). Ca... More

Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Zachary Zimmerman gives a safety brief to line handlers.

Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Zachary Zimmerman gives a safety brief to l...

GULF OF OMAN (Feb. 17, 2009) Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Zachary Zimmerman gives a safety brief to line handlers before conducting a replenishment at sea aboard the, amphibious dock landing ship, USS Carter Hall... More

The Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) conducts a vertical replenishment with the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50).

The Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-A...

GULF OF OMAN (Feb. 17, 2009) The Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) conducts a vertical replenishment with the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50). Supply ... More

Lt. j.g. John Horwath and Ensign Paul Kim examine navigation charts during a general quarters drill.

Lt. j.g. John Horwath and Ensign Paul Kim examine navigation charts du...

GULF OF OMAN (Feb. 18, 2009) Lt. j.g. John Horwath, left, and Ensign Paul Kim examine navigation charts during a general quarters drill aboard the, amphibious dock landing ship, USS Carter Hall (LSD 50). Carter... More

Gunner's Mate 1st Class James Smith uses a 25mm MOD 30 machine gun mount monitor during a general quarters drill.

Gunner's Mate 1st Class James Smith uses a 25mm MOD 30 machine gun mou...

GULF OF OMAN (Feb. 18, 2009) Gunner's Mate 1st Class James Smith uses a 25mm MOD 30 machine gun mount monitor during a general quarters drill aboard the, amphibious dock landing ship, USS Carter Hall (LSD 50). ... More

A Marine inspects an AH-1W Cobra aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).

A Marine inspects an AH-1W Cobra aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).

GULF OF OMAN (Feb. 20, 2009) A Marine from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 264, inspects an AH-1W Cobra on the flight deck of the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). Iwo Jima is ... More

USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) transits the Gulf of Oman.

USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) transits the Gulf of Oman.

GULF OF OMAN (Feb. 20, 2009) The multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) transits the Gulf of Oman. Iwo Jima is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group supporting maritime sec... More

Seaman Randal Craighead stands lookout watch aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).

Seaman Randal Craighead stands lookout watch aboard USS Iwo Jima (LHD ...

GULF OF ADEN (Feb. 23, 2009) Seaman Randal Craighead, from Greensboro, N.C., stands lookout watch aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). Iwo Jima is deployed as part of the Iwo J... More

Seaman Randal Craighead scans the horizon with the

Seaman Randal Craighead scans the horizon with the

GULF OF ADEN (Feb. 23, 2009) Seaman Randal Craighead, from Greensboro, N.C., scans the horizon with the "big eyes" during a lookout watch aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). I... More

Sailors and Marines perform a foreign object debris walk-down on the flight deck of SS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).

Sailors and Marines perform a foreign object debris walk-down on the f...

GULF OF ADEN (Feb. 23, 2009) Sailors and Marines perform a foreign object debris walk-down on the flight deck of the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). Iwo Jima is deployed as part of t... More

Sailors hook cargo to an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter.

Sailors hook cargo to an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter.

GULF OF ADEN (Feb. 23, 2009) Sailors hook cargo to an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from the "Chargers" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26 aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD... More

Sailors and Marines watch a dance performance during a Black History Month celebration.

Sailors and Marines watch a dance performance during a Black History M...

RED SEA (Feb. 26, 2009) Sailors and Marines watch a dance performance during a Black History Month celebration aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). The theme for the celebratio... More

USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) transits the Suez Canal.

USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) transits the Suez Canal.

SUEZ CANAL (Feb. 27, 2009) The guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) transits the Suez Canal. Roosevelt is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group supporting maritime security operatio... More

 USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) transits the Suez Canal.

USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) transits the Suez Canal.

SUEZ CANAL (Feb. 27, 2009) The amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) transits the Suez Canal. Carter Hall is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group supporting maritime security ... More

USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) approaches the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO 203).

USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) approaches the Military Sealift Command fleet r...

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Feb. 28, 2009) The guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) approaches the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO 203) to conduct a replenishment at sea. V... More

USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) crashes through heavy seas in the Mediterranean.

USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) crashes through heavy seas in the Mediterranean...

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Feb. 28, 2009) The guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) crashes through heavy seas in the Mediterranean. Vella Gulf is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group support... More

The multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) passes under the Mubarak Peace Bridge while transiting the Suez Canal.

The multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) passes ...

SUEZ CANAL (Mar. 01, 2009) The multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) passes under the Mubarak Peace Bridge while transiting the Suez Canal. Iwo Jima is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Amph... More

Stretcher bearers provide medical attention to simulated casualties during a crash and smash drill aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50).

Stretcher bearers provide medical attention to simulated casualties du...

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Mar. 10, 2009) Stretcher bearers provide medical attention to simulated casualties during a crash and smash drill aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50). Carter Hall... More

Capt. Mark D. Genung renders a salute during the playing of Taps by Fire Controlman 2nd Class Orry M. Coriell.

Capt. Mark D. Genung renders a salute during the playing of Taps by Fi...

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Mar. 10, 2009) Capt. Mark D. Genung, commanding officer of the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72), renders a salute during the playing of Taps by Fire Controlman 2nd Class Orry M. ... More

Sailors participate in a burial at sea ceremony.

Sailors participate in a burial at sea ceremony.

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Mar. 10, 2009) Sailors participate in a burial at sea ceremony aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72). Vella Gulf is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group ... More

Marines and Sailors take rocks to a trailer during a community relations project at Monasterium de Belen.

Marines and Sailors take rocks to a trailer during a community relatio...

ROTA, Spain (Mar. 12, 2009) Marines and Sailors from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) and the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) take rocks to a trailer during a community relations proje... More

The guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) prepares to get underway from Naval Station Rota, Spain after a scheduled port visit.

The guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) prepares to get unde...

ROTA, Spain (Mar. 13, 2009) The guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) prepares to get underway from Naval Station Rota, Spain after a scheduled port visit. Vella Gulf is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima... More

The multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) is moored at Naval Station Rota, Spain during a scheduled port visit.

The multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) is moor...

ROTA, Spain (Mar. 13, 2009) The multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) is moored at Naval Station Rota, Spain during a scheduled port visit. Iwo Jima is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Amph... More

Sailors and Marines from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) sort through mail on the pier while in port at Naval Station Rota, Spain.

Sailors and Marines from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter H...

ROTA, Spain (Mar. 13, 2009) Sailors and Marines from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) sort through mail on the pier while in port at Naval Station Rota, Spain. Carter Hall is deployed a... More

Sailors participate in a small arms qualification.

Sailors participate in a small arms qualification.

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Mar. 16, 2009) Sailors participate in a small arms qualification aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). Iwo Jima is deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Re... More

The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195) comes alongside the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) to conduct a replenishment at sea.

The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grum...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Mar. 17, 2009) The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195) comes alongside the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) to conduct a replenishment a... More

Senior Chief Storekeeper Sharmon Hardaway instructs Sailors during a crash and smash drill aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50).

Senior Chief Storekeeper Sharmon Hardaway instructs Sailors during a c...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Mar. 17, 2009) Senior Chief Storekeeper Sharmon Hardaway instructs Sailors during a crash and smash drill aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50). Carter Hall is deploye... More

Marines assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 264 perform maintenance on a CH-46 Sea Knight aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).

Marines assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 264 perfor...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Mar. 21, 2009) Marines assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 264 perform maintenance on a CH-46 Sea Knight aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) dur... More

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) pulls alongside the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196).

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) pulls alongs...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Mar. 23, 2009) The amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) pulls alongside the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196) for an underway replenishm... More

An MH-60S Sea hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26 lifts off from the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).

An MH-60S Sea hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadr...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Mar. 24, 2009) An MH-60S Sea hawk helicopter assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26 lifts off from the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). Iwo Jima is deploy... More

A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 returns to the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) after disembarking Marines and equipment.

A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 ret...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Mar. 24, 2009) A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 returns to the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) after disembarking Marines and equipme... More

A CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 264 takes off from the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).

A CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron ...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Mar. 24, 2009) A CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 264 takes off from the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). Iwo Jima is deployed... More

A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 returns to the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).

A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 ret...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Mar. 24, 2009) A landing craft air cushion (LCAC) from Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4 returns to the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) after disembarking Marines and equipme... More

Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prepare to disembark the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).

Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prepare to disem...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Mar. 24, 2009) Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) prepare to disembark the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) in CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters from Mar... More

Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) man the rails after returning from a seven-month deployment.

Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) m...

NORFOLK (Mar. 27, 2009) Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) man the rails after returning from a seven-month deployment. Iwo Jima deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Rea... More

Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf shifts colors as the ship arrives in Naval Station Norfolk after seven-month deployment.

Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf shifts colors...

NORFOLK (Mar. 27, 2009) Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf shifts colors as the ship arrives in Naval Station Norfolk after seven-month deployment. Vella Gulf deployed as part of the Iwo J... More

The guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) returns to Naval Station Norfolk after a seven-month deployment.

The guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) returns to Naval Sta...

NORFOLK (Mar. 27, 2009) The guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) returns to Naval Station Norfolk after a seven-month deployment. Vella Gulf deployed as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group supp... More

amily members and friends welcome home Sailors from the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) during their return from a seven-month deployment.

amily members and friends welcome home Sailors from the amphibious ass...

NORFOLK (Mar. 27, 2009) Family members and friends welcome home Sailors from the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) during their return from a seven-month deployment. Iwo Jima deployed as part of the ... More

Family members welcome home Sailors assigned to the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) during their return from a seven-month deployment.

Family members welcome home Sailors assigned to the guided-missile cru...

NORFOLK (Mar. 27, 2009) Family members welcome home Sailors assigned to the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) during their return from a seven-month deployment. Vella Gulf deployed as part of the Iw... More

A Sailor aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61) prepares to shift colors as the ship pulls into port after a seven-month deployment.

A Sailor aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61) prepa...

NORFOLK (Apr. 01, 2009) A Sailor aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61) prepares to shift colors as the ship pulls into port after a seven-month deployment. Ramage deployed as a part of the Iwo... More

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61) returns to homeport at Naval Station Norfolk after a seven-month deployment.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61) returns to homeport a...

NORFOLK (Apr. 01, 2009) The guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61) returns to homeport at Naval Station Norfolk after a seven-month deployment. Ramage deployed as a part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready G... More

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 440) transits the Atlantic Ocean while participating in a divisional tactics exercise.

The amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 440) transits t...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Apr. 04, 2010) The amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 440) transits the Atlantic Ocean while participating in a divisional tactics exercise. Gunston Hall is part of the Iwo Jima ... More

The multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) transits the Atlantic Ocean

The multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) transit...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Apr. 04, 2010) The multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) transits the Atlantic Ocean while participating in a divisional tactics exercise. Iwo Jima is part of the Iwo Jima A... More

A Sailor stands a topside rover watch as the Marines and equipment are loaded.

A Sailor stands a topside rover watch as the Marines and equipment are...

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (Mar. 28, 2011) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) 3rd Class Robert Richardson stands a topside rover watch as the Marines and equipment of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) are l... More

 USS New York prepares to pull into port.

USS New York prepares to pull into port.

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (Mar. 28, 2011) The amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) prepares to pull into port to on-load the Marines and equipment of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU). New... More

A Sailor runs a mooring line around bits aboard USS New York.

A Sailor runs a mooring line around bits aboard USS New York.

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (Mar. 28, 2011) Boatswain's Mate Seaman Lee Domingo runs a mooring line around bits aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) as the ship prepares to on-load the 24th M... More

A Sailor runs a mooring line around a capstan aboard USS New York.

A Sailor runs a mooring line around a capstan aboard USS New York.

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (Mar. 28, 2011) Boatswain's Mate Seaman Marcus Coleman runs a mooring line around a capstan aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) as the ship prepares to on-load th... More

A Sailor checks bearings as the USS New York prepares to pull into port.

A Sailor checks bearings as the USS New York prepares to pull into por...

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (Mar. 28, 2011) Quartermaster 3rd Class Amy Etie checks bearings aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) as the ship prepares to pull into port to on-load the Marines... More

Sailors handle mooring lines to bring the ship into port

Sailors handle mooring lines to bring the ship into port

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (Mar. 28, 2011) Sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) handle mooring lines to bring the ship into port to on-load the Marines and equipment of the 24th Mari... More

A Sailor hoses down vehicles after they are loaded.

A Sailor hoses down vehicles after they are loaded.

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (Mar. 28, 2011) Seaman William Lawson hoses down vehicles assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) after they are loaded aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Yo... More

A Sailor handles a mooring line aboard USS New York.

A Sailor handles a mooring line aboard USS New York.

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (Mar. 28, 2011) Fire Controlman 3rd Class Brett Basen handles a mooring line aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) as the ship prepares to on-load the 24th Marine E... More

Marines with the Command Element of the 24th Marine

Marines with the Command Element of the 24th Marine

Marines with the Command Element of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare to participate in the Warrior of the Month competition aboard USS Iwo Jima, May 1, 2012. During the competition Lance corporals and... More

Marines and sailors from the 24th Marine Expeditionary

Marines and sailors from the 24th Marine Expeditionary

Marines and sailors from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, along with members of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group observe the Suez Canal transit on the flight deck of the USS Iwo Jima, May 1, 2012. The tra... More

Amphibious assault vehicles from Marine Battalion Landing Team 12 (BLT 12) transit to the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) during amphibious assault vehicle training operations.

Amphibious assault vehicles from Marine Battalion Landing Team 12 (BLT...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 26, 2011) Amphibious assault vehicles from Marine Battalion Landing Team 12 (BLT 12) transit to the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) during amphibious assault vehi... More

Amphibious assault vehicles from Marine Battalion Landing Team 12 (BLT 12) transit to the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) during amphibious assault vehicle training operations.

Amphibious assault vehicles from Marine Battalion Landing Team 12 (BLT...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 26, 2011) Amphibious assault vehicles from Marine Battalion Landing Team 12 (BLT 12) transit to the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) during amphibious assault vehi... More

Lt. Cmdr. Drew Andrews participates in training exercises for Group Commander Fleet Synthetic Training.

Lt. Cmdr. Drew Andrews participates in training exercises for Group Co...

NORFOLK, Va. (Nov. 16, 2011) Lt. Cmdr. Drew Andrews participates in training exercises for Group Commander Fleet Synthetic Training (FST-GC) aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). The Iwo Jima... More

Information Systems Technician Senior Chief Randy Witz participates in training exercises for Group Commander Fleet Synthetic Training.

Information Systems Technician Senior Chief Randy Witz participates in...

NORFOLK, Va. (Nov. 16, 2011) Information Systems Technician Senior Chief Randy Witz participates in training exercises for Group Commander Fleet Synthetic Training (FST-GC) aboard the multi-purpose amphibious a... More

Sailors aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) stand lookout watch as a landing craft air cushion approaches.

Sailors aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima ...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Nov. 30, 2011) Sailors aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) stand lookout watch as a landing craft air cushion approaches. The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group is... More

A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to Marine Corps Reinforcement Squadron (VMM) 261 takes off from the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).

A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to Marine Corps Reinforcem...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 01, 2011) A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to Marine Corps Reinforcement Squadron (VMM) 261 takes off from the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). The Iwo... More

A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to Marine Corps Reinforcement Squadron (VMM) 261 takes off from the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).

A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to Marine Corps Reinforcem...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 01, 2011) A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to Marine Corps Reinforcement Squadron (VMM) 261 takes off from the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). The Iwo... More

A Sailor plots the ship's position.

A Sailor plots the ship's position.

NORFOLK, Va. (Dec. 02, 2011) Quartermaster Seaman Christopher H. Jones plots the ship's position aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group is und... More

Marines from Marine Expeditionary Unit 24 (24 MEU) stand watch as the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) participates in a transit scenario drill.

Marines from Marine Expeditionary Unit 24 (24 MEU) stand watch as the ...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 03, 2011) Marines from Marine Expeditionary Unit 24 (24 MEU) stand watch as the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) participates in a transit scenario drill. The Iwo ... More

A CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 261 lands aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).

A CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Sq...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 05, 2011) A CH-53 Sea Stallion helicopter assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 261 lands aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). The Iwo Jima Am... More

A UH-1 Huey helicopter assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 261 lands aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).

A UH-1 Huey helicopter assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (V...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 05, 2011) A UH-1 Huey helicopter assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 261 lands aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). The Iwo Jima Amphibious ... More

Sailors and Marines fight a simulated fire during a fire drill on the flight deck.

Sailors and Marines fight a simulated fire during a fire drill on the ...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 15, 2011) Sailors and Marines fight a simulated fire during a fire drill on the flight deck aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). The Iwo Jima Amphibious Re... More

Sailors investigate a simulated fire during a fire drill.

Sailors investigate a simulated fire during a fire drill.

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 15, 2011) Sailors assigned to the air department crash and salvage division aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) investigate a simulated fire during a fire ... More

Sailors transport a simulated mass casualty victim during a fire drill.

Sailors transport a simulated mass casualty victim during a fire drill...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 15, 2011) Aviation boatswain's mates aboard the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) transport a simulated mass casualty victim during a fire drill on the flight deck.... More

A landing craft air cushion passing the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7).

A landing craft air cushion passing the multi-purpose amphibious assau...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 18, 2011) A landing craft air cushion passing the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group is underway conducting a composite training... More

Sailors practices self-defense kicks during Navy security force sentry training.

Sailors practices self-defense kicks during Navy security force sentry...

NORFOLK (Jan. 25, 2012) Seaman Tawokam Kamdem practices self-defense kicks during Navy security force sentry training held on the flight deck aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7)... More

A Sailor cleans the cabin of an aircraft.

A Sailor cleans the cabin of an aircraft.

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 30, 2012) Cpl. Shaun Deibert, from of Hays, Kan., assigned to the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 261 cleans the cabin of an AV-8B Harrier on the flight deck of the multipurpose amph... More

A Sailor cleans the cabin of an aircraft.

A Sailor cleans the cabin of an aircraft.

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 30, 2012) Cpl. Shaun Deibert, from of Hays, Kan., assigned to the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 261 cleans the cabin of an AV-8B Harrier on the flight deck of the multipurpose amph... More

An aircraft prepares to launch from the flight deck.

An aircraft prepares to launch from the flight deck.

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 30, 2012) An MV-22 Osprey helicopter assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 261 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima ... More

Sailors and Marines board an 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) from the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21)

Sailors and Marines board an 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 31, 2012) Sailors and Marines board an 11-meter rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) from the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) as part of an enhanced visit, board, search a... More

Sailors aboard a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) head toward the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO 203)

Sailors aboard a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) head toward the Mil...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 31, 2012) Sailors aboard a rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) head toward the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO 203) as part of an enhanced visit, board, ... More

A Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is launched from the flight deck for simulated reconnaissance

A Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is launched from the flight...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 06, 2012) A Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is launched from the flight deck for simulated reconnaissance aboard the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston H... More

Insitu contractors recover Scan Eagle, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), on the flight deck after a successful test run

Insitu contractors recover Scan Eagle, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 06, 2012) Insitu contractors recover Scan Eagle, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), on the flight deck after a successful test run aboard the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing shi... More

 Insitu contractors prepare to recover Scan Eagle, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), on the flight deck after a successful test run

Insitu contractors prepare to recover Scan Eagle, an unmanned aerial ...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 06, 2012) Insitu contractors prepare to recover Scan Eagle, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), on the flight deck after a successful test run aboard the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock ... More

A Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is launched from the flight deck for simulated reconnaissance aboard the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44)

A Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is launched from the flight...

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 06, 2012) A Scan Eagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is launched from the flight deck for simulated reconnaissance aboard the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston H... More

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