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U.S. Marine Corps armored amphibious vehicles from the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Battalion Landing Team leave the beach of Iwo Jima.

U.S. Marine Corps armored amphibious vehicles from the 2nd Battalion, ...

Philippine Sea (Mar. 08, 2006) U.S. Marine Corps armored amphibious vehicles from the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Battalion Landing Team leave the beach on the island of Iwo Jima to return to the amphib... more

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

A  Landing Craft Air Cushion departs Bellows Air Force Station.

A Landing Craft Air Cushion departs Bellows Air Force Station.

WAIMANALO, Hawaii (Jul. 28, 2012) Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 32, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5, departs Bellows Air Force Station for the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during the Rim ... 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

Soldiers and U.S. Marines conduct close quarters combat training.

Soldiers and U.S. Marines conduct close quarters combat training.

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jul. 15, 2012) Soldiers from the Non-combatant Evacuation Operation Company, 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry from Shilo, Manitoba, conduct close quarters combat training... 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

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

A helicopter takes off from the flight deck of USS Essex.

A helicopter takes off from the flight deck of USS Essex.

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jul. 20, 2012) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Wild Cards of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 23 takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) ... more

A Landing Craft Air Cushion arrives at Bellows Air Force Station.

A Landing Craft Air Cushion arrives at Bellows Air Force Station.

WAIMANALO, Hawaii (Jul. 28, 2012) Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) 32, assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5, arrives at Bellows Air Force Station from the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during the ... more

Australian marines sleep alongside USS Essex before training evolutions with Kingdom of Tonga, Indonesian, and U.S. Marines and Canadian soldiers.

Australian marines sleep alongside USS Essex before training evolution...

PEARL HARBOR (Jul. 06, 2012) Australian marines sleep alongside the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) before training evolutions with Kingdom of Tonga, Indonesian, and U.S. Marines and Canadian soldiers... 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

Lt. Gen. Stuart Bear speaks with Canadian soldiers assigned to the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.

Lt. Gen. Stuart Bear speaks with Canadian soldiers assigned to the 2nd...

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jul. 14, 2012) Lt. Gen. Stuart Beare, commander of Canadian Expeditionary Force Command Headquarters , speaks with Canadian soldiers assigned to the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Lig... 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

New Zealand Army soldiers disembark USS Essex.

New Zealand Army soldiers disembark USS Essex.

PEARL HARBOR (Jul. 06, 2012) New Zealand Army soldiers assigned to Alpha Company disembark the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) to participate in a Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 exercise. Twenty-two... 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

A Canadian soldier conducts morning physical training.

A Canadian soldier conducts morning physical training.

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jul. 14, 2012) A soldier from the Non-combatant Evacuation Operation Company, 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, from Shilo, Manitoba, conducts morning physical training ... more

Lt. Gen. Stuart Beare speaks to Canadian soldiers.

Lt. Gen. Stuart Beare speaks to Canadian soldiers.

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jul. 14, 2012) Lt. Gen. Stuart Beare, commander of Canadian Expeditionary Force Command Headquarters, speaks with Canadian soldiers assigned to the 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Ligh... more

Soldiers and U.S. Marines conduct close quarters combat training.

Soldiers and U.S. Marines conduct close quarters combat training.

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jul. 15, 2012) Soldiers from the Non-combatant Evacuation Operation Company, 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, from Shilo, Manitoba, and U.S. Marines assigned to 1st Batt... 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

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

Trumpet Player

Trumpet Player

Yokosuka, Japan (Jan. 22, 2001) A Sailor aboard USS Essex (LHD 2) provides music during celebrations on the mess decks, held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Cl... 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

C-130 Refueling

C-130 Refueling

Philippine Sea (Mar. 23, 2001) During a long-range personnel recovery training mission, a CH-53E "Sea Stallion" helicopter from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) refuels from a C-130 Hercules. The 3... 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

Iwo Jima commemoration

Iwo Jima commemoration

The South Pacific island of Iwo Jima (Mar. 14, 2002) A combined Japanese and American color guard present their countrys flag during the 57th Anniversary Commemoration of the Battle of Iwo Jima. Ships from the... 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

measuring a ceiling tile which will be installed in a new permanent guard house

measuring a ceiling tile which will be installed in a new permanent gu...

U. S. Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan (Nov. 12, 2002) Steelworker 3rd Class John Dubois assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion One (NMCB-1) Detachment Sasebo measures a ceiling tile which will be instal... more

A loud chorus of gunfire echoed throughout the ship as Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC) participated in a small-arms live fire exercises.

A loud chorus of gunfire echoed throughout the ship as Marines from th...

Coast of Okinawa, Japan (Jan. 22, 2003) A loud chorus of gunfire echoed throughout the ship as Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), Special Operations Capable (SOC) participated in a small-arm... 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

A Sailor aboard USS Essex (LHD 2) gives an AV-8B Harrier the signal to launch during deck landing qualifications.

A Sailor aboard USS Essex (LHD 2) gives an AV-8B Harrier the signal to...

Coast of Okinawa, Japan (Jan. 25, 2003) A Sailor aboard USS Essex (LHD 2) gives an AV-8B Harrier assigned to the "Diamondbacks" of Marine Attack Squadron One Three One (VMA-131) the signal to launch during deck... more

An AV-8B Harrier lands on the flight deck of USS Essex (LHD 2) during deck landing qualifications.

An AV-8B Harrier lands on the flight deck of USS Essex (LHD 2) during ...

Coast of Okinawa, Japan (Jan. 25, 2003) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to the "Diamondbacks" of Marine Attack Squadron One Three One (VMA-131), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Air Combat Element (ACE), lands on... 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 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

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

 A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) comes ashore at U.S. Naval Forces Marianas Island

A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) comes ashore at U.S. Naval Forces ...

Santa Rita, Guam (Apr. 25, 2003) A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) comes ashore at U.S. Naval Forces Marianas Island, Guam, from USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex and its embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) ... more

Seaman Michael A. Espenschied, from Roebling, N.J. assigned to Beachmaster Unit One (BMU-1

Seaman Michael A. Espenschied, from Roebling, N.J. assigned to Beachma...

Santa Rita, Guam (Apr. 25, 2003) Seaman Michael A. Espenschied, from Roebling, N.J. assigned to Beachmaster Unit One (BMU-1), deployed aboard USS Essex (LHD 2), watches as one of the Landing Craft Air Cushions ... more

Engineman 3rd Class Ronald J. Suan from Waialua, Hawaii and Boatswain�s Mate 1st Class Ronald Nicholson

Engineman 3rd Class Ronald J. Suan from Waialua, Hawaii and Boatswain�...

Santa Rita, Guam (Apr. 25, 2003) Engineman 3rd Class Ronald J. Suan from Waialua, Hawaii and Boatswains Mate 1st Class Ronald Nicholson, from Commerce, Texas, both assigned to Beachmaster Unit One (BMU-1) discu... more

Air Traffic Controller 2nd Class Joey Holloway and Air Traffic Controller Airman Nicholas Colvin monitor the SPN-43 Precision Approach Radar from the Helicopter Direction Center (HDC) during flight operations aboard USS Essex (LHD 2)

Air Traffic Controller 2nd Class Joey Holloway and Air Traffic Control...

The Philippine Sea (Apr. 28, 2003) Air Traffic Controller 2nd Class Joey Holloway and Air Traffic Controller Airman Nicholas Colvin monitor the SPN-43 Precision Approach Radar from the Helicopter Direction Cent... more

Aviation Boatswain�s Mate 1st Class Thomas Williford gives the go ahead for an AV-8B Harrier jet to execute a vertical takeoff

Aviation Boatswain�s Mate 1st Class Thomas Williford gives the go ahea...

Philippine Sea (Apr. 30, 2003) Aviation Boatswains Mate 1st Class Thomas Williford gives the go ahead for an AV-8B Harrier jet to execute a vertical takeoff during flight operations on the flight deck aboard US... 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

Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) launched from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) practice at a firing range

Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) launched from the amphibious dock la...

Luzon, Philippines (Sep. 18, 2003) Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) launched from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) practice at a firing range on Luzon Island, Philippines. The Essex ... 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

Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) wait to transport personnel

Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) wait to transport personnel

Luzon, Philippines (Sep. 18, 2003) USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) cruises off the coast of the Philippines as Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV) wait to transport personnel and equipment back to the ship. AAV's mov... 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

Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) load supplies onto a MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter, assigned to the Blackhawks of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Fifteen (HM-15), in support of Operation Unified Assistance.

Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) load supplies onto a MH-53...

Indian Ocean (Jan. 25, 2004) Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) load supplies onto a MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter, assigned to the "Blackhawks" of Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Fifteen (HM-1... 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

Commanding Officer, USS Essex (LHD 2), Capt. Martin J. Keaney, holds a Commanding Officer�s Call on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship.

Commanding Officer, USS Essex (LHD 2), Capt. Martin J. Keaney, holds a...

Sasebo, Japan (Apr. 15, 2004) Commanding Officer, USS Essex (LHD 2), Capt. Martin J. Keaney, holds a Commanding Officers Call on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship. Capt. Keaney brought the crew... more

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

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

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

Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Donald Rumsfeld receives side boy honors as he crosses the quarter deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).

Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Donald Rumsfeld receives side boy honors...

Changi Naval Base, Singapore (Jun. 04, 2004) Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Donald Rumsfeld receives side boy honors as he crosses the quarter deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Rumsfeld boa... 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 poses for pictures with Sailors and Marines on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).

U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld poses for pictures with Sail...

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

Journalist Allaman Smith assigned to the Naval Media Center Sasebo, records rock group Dishwalla's bass player, Scot Alexander .

Journalist Allaman Smith assigned to the Naval Media Center Sasebo, re...

Sasebo, Japan (Jun. 15, 2004) Journalist Allaman Smith assigned to the Naval Media Center Sasebo, records rock group Dishwalla's bass player, Scot Alexander during a performance at the Sasebo Naval Base as part... more

The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) is assisted by tugs as she returns to Sasebo Naval Base after a two-month deployment.

The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) is assisted by tugs as s...

Sasebo, Japan (Jun. 15, 2004) The amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) is assisted by tugs as she returns to Sasebo Naval Base after a two-month deployment. Essex is forward deployed to Fleet Activities, S... more

Commanding Officer, Capt. Jan M. Van Tol oversees the Deck department as they secure the stern mooring line along the pier.

Commanding Officer, Capt. Jan M. Van Tol oversees the Deck department ...

White Beach Port Facility, Okinawa, Japan (Aug. 17, 2004) Commanding Officer, Capt. Jan M. Van Tol oversees the Deck department as they secure the stern mooring line along the pier. The mooring lines were used ... more

Damage Controlman 2nd Class Denny Christensen assists Fireman Darnell Lewis don an Advanced Chemical Protective Garment (ACPG) .

Damage Controlman 2nd Class Denny Christensen assists Fireman Darnell ...

White Beach Port Facility, Okinawa, Japan (Aug. 19, 2004) Damage Controlman 2nd Class Denny Christensen assists Fireman Darnell Lewis don an Advanced Chemical Protective Garment (ACPG) during a simulated Chemic... more

Crew members complete 9mm pistol Personal Qualification Standards (PQS) on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).

Crew members complete 9mm pistol Personal Qualification Standards (PQS...

White Beach Port Facility, Okinawa, Japan (Aug. 21, 2004) Crew members complete 9mm pistol Personal Qualification Standards (PQS) on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex h... more

Sgt. Daniel Diaz, a Miami native and diesel mechanic assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Deep Reconnaissance Platoon (DRP), fires a M4A1 carbine assault rifle.

Sgt. Daniel Diaz, a Miami native and diesel mechanic assigned to the 3...

Northern Arabian Gulf (Sep. 07, 2004) Sgt. Daniel Diaz, a Miami native and diesel mechanic assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Deep Reconnaissance Platoon (DRP), fires a M4A1 carbine assault ri... more

Official file photo of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) while underway in the Persian Gulf.

Official file photo of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) w...

Persian Gulf (Sep. 09, 2004) Official file photo of the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) while underway in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). U.S. Navy photo by Photographer... more

The amphibious assault ships USS Essex (LHD 2), foreground, and USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) sail side-by-side in the Arabian Gulf during cross deck maneuvers.

The amphibious assault ships USS Essex (LHD 2), foreground, and USS Be...

Arabian Gulf (Sep. 09, 2004) The amphibious assault ships USS Essex (LHD 2), foreground, and USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3) sail side-by-side in the Arabian Gulf during cross deck maneuvers. Cross decking is used to ... more

Seaman Randal Degroat fires a 50 cal. machine gun during a night fire exercise conducted aboard the dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49).

Seaman Randal Degroat fires a 50 cal. machine gun during a night fire ...

Arabian Gulf (Sep. 21, 2004) Seaman Randal Degroat fires a 50 cal. machine gun during a night fire exercise conducted aboard the dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49). Harpers Ferry is part of USS Essex ... more

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Devon Williams helps unload mail from a UH-3H Sea King helicopter assigned to the Fleet Angels of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Two (HC-2).

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Devon Williams helps unload mail from a U...

Arabian Gulf (Sep. 21, 2004) U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Devon Williams helps unload mail from a UH-3H Sea King helicopter assigned to the Fleet Angels of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Two (HC-2) during f... more

The U.S. Coast Guard Island-class Cutter Maui (WPB 1304), moors along side the dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) to conduct a replenishment at sea (RAS).

The U.S. Coast Guard Island-class Cutter Maui (WPB 1304), moors along ...

Arabian Gulf (Sep. 21, 2004) The U.S. Coast Guard Island-class Cutter Maui (WPB 1304), moors along side the dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) to conduct a replenishment at sea (RAS). Maui and Harpers... more

Sailors assigned to the Deck Department aboard the dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), recover a UH-3H Sea King helicopter assigned to the Fleet Angels of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Two (HC-2).

Sailors assigned to the Deck Department aboard the dock landing ship U...

Arabian Gulf (Sep. 21, 2004) Sailors assigned to the Deck Department aboard the dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), recover a UH-3H Sea King helicopter assigned to the Fleet Angels of Helicopter Comba... more

An MH-60S Knighthawk assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Eight (HC-8), picks up supplies from the fast combat support ship USS Seattle (AOE 3).

An MH-60S Knighthawk assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Comba...

Arabian Gulf (Sep. 22, 2004) An MH-60S Knighthawk assigned to the "Dragon Whales" of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Eight (HC-8), picks up supplies from the fast combat support ship USS Seattle (AOE 3) duri... more

The amphibious transport dock USS Juneau (LPD 10) and the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) rendezvous prior to a vertical replenishment in the Arabian Gulf.

The amphibious transport dock USS Juneau (LPD 10) and the amphibious a...

Arabian Gulf (Sep. 22, 2004) The amphibious transport dock USS Juneau (LPD 10) and the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) rendezvous prior to a vertical replenishment in the Arabian Gulf. Juneau is assig... more

Electronics Technician 2nd Class Terry McLaughlin stands guard as crew members from an oil tanker are escorted to a holding area.

Electronics Technician 2nd Class Terry McLaughlin stands guard as crew...

Arabian Gulf (Sep. 27, 2004) Electronics Technician 2nd Class Terry McLaughlin stands guard as crew members from an oil tanker are escorted to a holding area aboard the ship prior to his teammates conducting a ... more

 A Sailor assigned to the Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) team aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) stands watch aboard an oil tanker.

A Sailor assigned to the Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) team...

Arabian Gulf (Sep. 27, 2004) A Sailor assigned to the Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) team aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) stands watch aboard an oil tanker, as the rest of his ... more

The guided missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) conducts patrols near to the Iraqi Al Basra Oil Terminal (ABOT) in the Northern Arabian Gulf.

The guided missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) conducts patrols nea...

Arabian Gulf (Sep. 28, 2004) The guided missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) conducts patrols near to the Iraqi Al Basra Oil Terminal (ABOT) in the Northern Arabian Gulf. Mobile Bay is a part of USS Essex (LH... more

Royal Australian Navy Sailors make final preparations before pulling along side the fast combat support ship USS Seattle (AOE 3) and the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).

Royal Australian Navy Sailors make final preparations before pulling a...

Arabian Gulf (Sep. 29, 2004) Royal Australian Navy Sailors make final preparations before pulling along side the fast combat support ship USS Seattle (AOE 3) and the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) du... more