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Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter from HMM (C) Squadron-265, makes an external airlift of supplies from the amphibious assault ship, USS TARAWA (LHA-1), to one of the Marine units ashore. Marines from 1ST Bn., 3rd Marines, 3rd Mar. Div., Fleet Marine Force, (BLT 1/3), and the 31st Marine Amphibious Unit (31st MAU) are participating in operation Valiant Usher 1-81-A

Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter from HMM (C) Squadron-265, ma...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: VALIANT USHER 1-81-A Country: Western Australia Scene Camera Operator: SSGT R.G. Brown Release Status: Released to Public Com... more

Marine Corps infantrymen from 1ST Bn., 3rd Marines, 3rd Mar. Div., Fleet Marine Force, (BLT 1/3) embark a Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter, that will take them from the amphibious assault ship, USS TARAWA (LHA-1) to a point inland during Operation Valiant Usher 1-81-A

Marine Corps infantrymen from 1ST Bn., 3rd Marines, 3rd Mar. Div., Fle...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: VALIANT USHER 1-81-A Country: Western Australia Scene Camera Operator: SSGT R.G. Brown Release Status: Released to Public Com... more

View of the main triage area aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA 1)

View of the main triage area aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TA...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: JO2 G. H. Jochum Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A utility landing craft (LCU 1624) prepares to depart the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA 1)

A utility landing craft (LCU 1624) prepares to depart the well deck of...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: JO2 G. H. Jochum Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Port quarter view of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA 1), taken from the stern of a utility landing craft (LCU 1624)

Port quarter view of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA 1), t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: JO2 G. H. Jochum Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Hospital Corpsmen 2nd Class (HM2) Dennis Boyles (right) and William Healy prepare shots for the crew aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA 1)

Hospital Corpsmen 2nd Class (HM2) Dennis Boyles (right) and William He...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: JO2 G. H. Jochum Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Radioman 3rd Class Byron K. Gray performs a routine check on a satellite communications antenna aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise COBRA GOLD '86

Radioman 3rd Class Byron K. Gray performs a routine check on a satelli...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: COBRA GOLD '86 Base: USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military S... more

Radioman SEAMAN Rick Taqinta performs a routine check on a satellite communications antenna aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise COBRA GOLD '86

Radioman SEAMAN Rick Taqinta performs a routine check on a satellite c...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: COBRA GOLD '86 Base: USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military S... more

Electronic Technician 2nd Class Russell Hermes performs a check on radios aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise COBRA GOLD '86

Electronic Technician 2nd Class Russell Hermes performs a check on rad...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: COBRA GOLD '86 Base: USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military S... more

Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Michael H. Schroeder supervises main boiler and main propulsion turbine activities aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise COBRA GOLD '86

Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Michael H. Schroeder supervises main boiler...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: COBRA GOLD '86 Base: USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military S... more

Ship's Serviceman 3rd Class David R. Thomas, center, operates the ship's store aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise COBRA GOLD '86

Ship's Serviceman 3rd Class David R. Thomas, center, operates the ship...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: COBRA GOLD '86 Base: USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military S... more

Radioman SEAMAN Scott Dodson performs a routine check on a satellite communications antenna aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise COBRA GOLD '86

Radioman SEAMAN Scott Dodson performs a routine check on a satellite c...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: COBRA GOLD '86 Base: USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military S... more

CHIEF Radioman Rick Davis performs a routine check on a satellite communications antenna aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise COBRA GOLD '86

CHIEF Radioman Rick Davis performs a routine check on a satellite comm...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: COBRA GOLD '86 Base: USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military S... more

Radioman 3rd Class Elliot T. Maples performs a routine check on a satellite communications antenna aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise COBRA GOLD '86

Radioman 3rd Class Elliot T. Maples performs a routine check on a sate...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: COBRA GOLD '86 Base: USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military S... more

US Navy (USN) Sailors man the rails of the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Amphibious Assault Ship as she sails past the Naval Station (NAVSTA) San Diego, California (CA), guided by the tugboats CHERYL ANNE (62) (left), MISTER DON (61) (left front), and MISTER MARSHALL D. (63) (right)

US Navy (USN) Sailors man the rails of the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Amphibio...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: San Diego State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PHC Kristofferson, Usn Release Status: Released ... more

US Navy (USN) Sailors man the rails of the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Amphibious Assault Ship as she sails under the Coronado Bridge on San Diego Bay. A pair of tugboats, MISTER MARSHALL D. (63) (left) and MISTER DON (61) standby to escort the TARAWA. The city of San Diego is in the background

US Navy (USN) Sailors man the rails of the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Amphibio...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: San Diego State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PHC Kristofferson, Usn Release Status: Released ... more

US Navy (USN) Sailors man the rails of the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Amphibious Assault Ship as she sails past the Coronado Bridge on San Diego Bay, escorted by tugboats, MISTER MARSHALL D. (63) (left) and MISTER DON (61), as they pass a loaded barge

US Navy (USN) Sailors man the rails of the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Amphibio...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: San Diego State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PHC Kristofferson, Usn Release Status: Released ... more

US Navy (USN) Sailors man the rails of the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Amphibious Assault Ship as she sails past the Coronado Bridge on San Diego Bay, escorted by the Tugboat CHERYL ANNE (62)

US Navy (USN) Sailors man the rails of the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Amphibio...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: San Diego State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PHC Kristofferson, Usn Release Status: Released ... more

A flight deck crewman aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA 1) participates in the joint Thai/US exercise THALAY THAI '89

A flight deck crewman aboard the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (L...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: THALAY THAI '89 Base: USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Country: Gulf Of Thailand Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Michael D.P. Flynn Release Sta... more

A starboard quarter view of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LHA-1) moored near the British naval facility HMS TAMAR

A starboard quarter view of the amphibious assault ship USS TARAWA (LH...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Country: Hong Kong (HKG) Scene Camera Operator: LT. J. G. Jeff Hilton Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Ser... more

An aerial view of the decommissioned aircraft carrier RANGER (CV-61) in a graving dock at the shipyard. Moored in the background are the amphibious assault ships USS ESSEX (LHD-2), left, and USS TARAWA (LHA-1), right

An aerial view of the decommissioned aircraft carrier RANGER (CV-61) i...

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

An aerial view of various ships moored at the shipyard. In the foreground are the replenishment oiler USS ROANOKE (AOR-7) and another Wichita class oiler. On the left are the amphibious assault ships USS ESSEX (LHD-2) and the USS TARAWA (LHA-1). The decommissioned aircraft carrier RANGER (CV-61) is in a graving dock in the upper right

An aerial view of various ships moored at the shipyard. In the foregro...

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

An aerial view of the amphibious assault ships USS ESSEX (LHD-2), front left, and USS TARAWA (LHA-1), background moored at the shipyard. The decommissioned aircraft carrier RANGER (CV-61) is in a graving dock in the background

An aerial view of the amphibious assault ships USS ESSEX (LHD-2), fron...

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

An aerial view of the amphibious assault ships USS ESSEX (LHD-2), front left, and USS TARAWA (LHA-1), background, moored at the shipyard. The decommissioned aircraft carrier RANGER (CV-61) is in a graving dock in the upper right

An aerial view of the amphibious assault ships USS ESSEX (LHD-2), fron...

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

The night gave no rest for the Marines and sailors onboard the USS TARAWA (LHA-1), as flight deck operations continued into the night during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97 off coast of Southern California. CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter is guided in. KERNEL BLITZ is a bi-annual Commander-in-CHIEF Pacific (CINCPAC) fleet training exercise (FLEETEX) focused on operational/tactical training of Commander, Third Fleet (C3F)/ I Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF) and Commander, Amphibious Group 3 (CPG-3)/ 1ST Marine Division (MARDIV). KERNEL BLITZ is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of brigade-size amphibious assault operations

The night gave no rest for the Marines and sailors onboard the USS TAR...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Stephen Batiz, USN Release Status: Released to Public C... more

USS TARAWA (LHA 1) seaman from the deck division prepare mooring line for storage during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

USS TARAWA (LHA 1) seaman from the deck division prepare mooring line ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Steph... more

Sailors from the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) make up time before morning colors during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

Sailors from the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) make up time before morning colors...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Steph... more

Aviation Boatswains Mate Second Class Saul Mendo directs a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter from Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 11 to land on USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

Aviation Boatswains Mate Second Class Saul Mendo directs a CH-46 Sea K...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: Combat Support Squadron 11 Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Sc... more

(left to Right) Captain Richard Mayo, Pacific Fleet Surgeon General, Captain Thomas Wachtel, Commanding Officer Reserve Medical Unit San Diego and Lieutenant Commander Charles Smith Shipping Control Coordinator on the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) bridge wing enjoy the ride as the TARAWA heads out to sea during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

(left to Right) Captain Richard Mayo, Pacific Fleet Surgeon General, C...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Stephen B... more

Crew CHIEF Corporal Rick Baker of USMC HMH-466, rests for a moment atop a CH-53E Super Stallion aboard USS TARAWA (LHA 1), during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ 97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

Crew CHIEF Corporal Rick Baker of USMC HMH-466, rests for a moment ato...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operat... more

Gunners Mate SEAMAN Darius Nowell waits to bring in the mooring lines prior to the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) deploying from Naval Station San Diego to it's operating area during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

Gunners Mate SEAMAN Darius Nowell waits to bring in the mooring lines ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Stephen B... more

C-Tractor 8 Tug Boat operated by Alpha Marine Services from Naval Station San Diego pull the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) away from it's berth during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

C-Tractor 8 Tug Boat operated by Alpha Marine Services from Naval Stat...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Stephen Batiz, USN Release Status: Released to Publ... more

SEAMAN William Warren from the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) restores the mooring line after the ship deploys to its position for Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

SEAMAN William Warren from the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) restores the mooring...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Stephen B... more

Aviation Boatswain's Mate H (Aircraft Handing) AIRMAN (ABHAN) Joel Angel Gomez-Deniz of V-1 division Air Dept, using a tow tractor, taxis a AH-1W Super Cobra from HMLA-369 to a parking spot aboard the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Excercise KERNEL BLITZ 97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

Aviation Boatswain's Mate H (Aircraft Handing) AIRMAN (ABHAN) Joel Ang...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Scott Blackhall, U... more

A Navy Landing Craft, Utility (LCU) prepares to embark the USS TARAWA during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ 97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

A Navy Landing Craft, Utility (LCU) prepares to embark the USS TARAWA ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ 97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Scott Blackhall, US... more

Aviation Boatswains Mate AIRMAN Jeremy Morris waits in the crash and salvage shop before morning colors aboard USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

Aviation Boatswains Mate AIRMAN Jeremy Morris waits in the crash and s...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Stephen B... more

The USS TARAWA (LHA 1) naval amphibious assault ship on patrol off Southern California in support of exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is a biannual Commander-in-CHIEF Pacific (CINCPAC) fleet training exercise (FLEETEX) focused on operational/tactical training of Commander, Third Fleet (C3F)/ I Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF) and Commander, Amphibious Group 3 (CPG-3)/ 1ST Marine Division (MARDIV). KERNEL BLITZ is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of brigade-size amphibious assault operations

The USS TARAWA (LHA 1) naval amphibious assault ship on patrol off Sou...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Camera Operator: PHC(Nac) Douglas S. Bean, USN Release Status: Released t... more

The Flag Ship USS CORONADO (AGF-11) passes the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) performing leapfrog manuevers, during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97 off the Southern California coast. KERNEL BLITZ is a biannual Commander-in-CHIEF Pacific (CINCPAC) fleet training exercise (FLEETEX) focused on operational/tactical training of Commander, Third Fleet (C3F)/ I Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF) and Commander, Amphibious Group 3 (CPG-3)/ 1ST Marine Division (MARDIV). KERNEL BLITZ is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of brigade-size amphibious assault operations

The Flag Ship USS CORONADO (AGF-11) passes the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) perf...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Scott Blackhall, U... more

Aviation Boatswains Mate CHIEF Rick "Boats" Poedtke briefs his USS Tarawa (LHA 1) flight deck crew on the upcoming events during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. The yellow jerseys are worn by aircraft handlers in charge of flight deck and aircraft movement. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

Aviation Boatswains Mate CHIEF Rick "Boats" Poedtke briefs his USS Tar...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Steph... more

Captain Chris Ames, Commanding Officer, watches flight operations from the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) bridge wing during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97 off the Southern California coast. KERNEL BLITZ is a biannual Commander-in-CHIEF Pacific (CINCPAC) fleet training exercise (FLEETEX) focused on operational/tactical training of Commander, Third Fleet (C3F)/ I Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF) and Commander, Amphibious Group 3 (CPG-3)/ 1ST Marine Division (MARDIV). KERNEL BLITZ is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of brigade-size amphibious assault operations

Captain Chris Ames, Commanding Officer, watches flight operations from...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Scott Blackhall, USN Release Status: Released to Public ... more

Quartermaster Second Class (QM2) Robert Tricer plots the coarse of USS Tarawa (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97 off the Southern California coast. KERNEL BLITZ is a biannual Commander-in-CHIEF Pacific (CINCPAC) fleet training exercise (FLEETEX) focused on operational/tactical training of Commander, Third Fleet (C3F)/ I Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF) and Commander, Amphibious Group 3 (CPG-3)/ 1ST Marine Division (MARDIV). KERNEL BLITZ is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of brigade-size amphibious assault operations

Quartermaster Second Class (QM2) Robert Tricer plots the coarse of USS...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Scott Blackhall, U... more

Seamen Garry Braunberger stands his watch as aft lookout on the USS CORONADO (AGF 11) during leapfrog manuevers with the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97 off the Southern California coast. KERNEL BLITZ is a biannual Commander-in-CHIEF Pacific (CINCPAC) fleet training exercise (FLEETEX) focused on operational/tactical training of Commander, Third Fleet (C3F)/ I Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF) and Commander, Amphibious Group 3 (CPG-3)/ 1ST Marine Division (MARDIV). KERNEL BLITZ is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of brigade-size amphibious assault operations

Seamen Garry Braunberger stands his watch as aft lookout on the USS CO...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ Base: Uss Coronado (AGF 11) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: PHC Michael L. ... more

Captain Chris Ames, Commanding Officer of the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) reads message traffic on the bridge during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97 taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton. KERNEL BLITZ is a biannual Commander-in-CHIEF Pacific (CINCPAC) fleet training exercise (FLEETEX) focused on operational/tactical training of Commander, Third Fleet (C3F)/ I Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF) and Commander, Amphibious Group 3 (CPG-3)/ 1ST Marine Division (MARDIV). KERNEL BLITZ is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of brigade-size amphibious assault operations

Captain Chris Ames, Commanding Officer of the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) reads...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: Stephen Batiz, PH1(Nac), USN Release Status: Released to Pub... more

Marine Captain Philip Boggs of the 1ST Battalion 11th Marines speaks to his troops prior to his change of command ceremony aboard USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

Marine Captain Philip Boggs of the 1ST Battalion 11th Marines speaks t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Steph... more

The USS TARAWA (LHA 1) naval amphibious assault ship on patrol off Southern California in support of Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is a biannual Commander-in-CHIEF Pacific (CINCPAC) fleet training exercise (FLEETEX) focused on operational/tactical training of Commander, Third Fleet (C3F)/ I Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF) and Commander, Amphibious Group 3 (CPG-3)/ 1ST Marine Division (MARDIV). KERNEL BLITZ is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of brigade-size amphibious assault operations

The USS TARAWA (LHA 1) naval amphibious assault ship on patrol off Sou...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Camera Operator: PHC(Nac) Douglas S. Bean, USN Release Status: Released t... more

During Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97 the night gave no rest for the Marines and sailors onboard the USS Tarawa (LHA 1), as flight deck operations continued into the night. A CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter is seen being guided in. KERNEL BLITZ taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton is a biannual Commander-in-CHIEF Pacific (CINCPAC) fleet training exercise (FLEETEX) focused on operational/tactical training of Commander, Third Fleet (C3F)/ I Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF) and Commander, Amphibious Group 3 (CPG-3)/ 1ST Marine Division (MARDIV). KERNEL BLITZ is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of brigade-size amphibious...

During Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97 the night gave no rest for the Marine...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: [Complete] Scene Caption: During Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97 the night gave no rest for the Marines and sailors onboard the USS Tarawa (LHA 1), as flight de... more

Aviation Boatswains Mate CHIEF Rick "Boats" Poedtke briefs his USS Tarawa (LHA 1) flight deck crew on the upcoming events during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. The yellow jerseys are worn by aircraft handlers in charge of flight deck and aircraft movement. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

Aviation Boatswains Mate CHIEF Rick "Boats" Poedtke briefs his USS Tar...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Steph... more

Operations SPECIALIST SEAMAN Apprentice (OSSA) Ahmeer Rivac plots bridge status of USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97 off the Southern California coast. KERNEL BLITZ is a biannual Commander-in-CHIEF Pacific (CINCPAC) fleet training exercise (FLEETEX) focused on operational/tactical training of Commander, Third Fleet (C3F)/ I Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF) and Commander, Amphibious Group 3 (CPG-3)/ 1ST Marine Division (MARDIV). KERNEL BLITZ is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of brigade-size amphibious assault operations

Operations SPECIALIST SEAMAN Apprentice (OSSA) Ahmeer Rivac plots brid...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Scott Blackhall, U... more

Marines from 1ST Force Reconnaissance Company, Camp Pendleton, California, aboard USS TARAWA (LHA 1), prepare for embarkation on a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter to support a clandestine assault as part of Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. Marines are seen with Colt 5.56mm M16A2 Assault Rifle and All-purpose Lightweight Carrying Equipment (ALICE) pack. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

Marines from 1ST Force Reconnaissance Company, Camp Pendleton, Califor...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: PHC(Nac) Douglas S. Bean, USN Release Status: Released to Pu... more

AIRMAN Julie Dawes of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 11, USS Tarawa (LHA 1), cleans the windows of this CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

AIRMAN Julie Dawes of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 11, USS Taraw...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Steph... more

CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters from Marine Corps squadron HMM 466, Tustin, California, perform flight operations aboard USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters from Marine Corps squadron HMM 466, ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: Scott Blackhal... more

A CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 lands onboard the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97 taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton. KERNEL BLITZ is a biannual Commander-in-CHIEF Pacific (CINCPAC) fleet training exercise (FLEETEX) focused on operational/tactical training of Commander, Third Fleet (C3F)/ I Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF) and Commander, Amphibious Group 3 (CPG-3)/ 1ST Marine Division (MARDIV). KERNEL BLITZ is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of brigade-size amphibious assault operations

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

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Steph... more

Marine Captain Philip Boggs of the 1ST Battalion 11th Marines speaks to his troops prior to his change of command ceremony, aboard USS Tarawa (LHA 1), during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

Marine Captain Philip Boggs of the 1ST Battalion 11th Marines speaks t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Steph... more

Marines from 1ST Force Reconnaissance Company, Camp Pendleton, California, aboard USS TARAWA (LHA 1), prepare for embarkation on a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter to support a clandestine assault as part of Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. Marines are seen with Colt 5.56mm M16A2 Assault Rifle and All-purpose Lightweight Carrying Equipment (ALICE) pack. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

Marines from 1ST Force Reconnaissance Company, Camp Pendleton, Califor...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: PHC(Nac) Douglas S. Bean, USN Release Status: Released to Pu... more

Aviation Boatswains Mate Third Class Curtis Rowe directs a Marine helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 off the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) flight deck during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97 taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton. Seen in the background are CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters. KERNEL BLITZ is a biannual Commander-in-CHIEF Pacific (CINCPAC) fleet training exercise (FLEETEX) focused on operational/tactical training of Commander, Third Fleet (C3F)/ I Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF) and Commander, Amphibious Group 3 (CPG-3)/ 1ST Marine Division (MARDIV). KERNEL BLITZ is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of...

Aviation Boatswains Mate Third Class Curtis Rowe directs a Marine heli...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: [Complete] Scene Caption: Aviation Boatswains Mate Third Class Curtis Rowe directs a Marine helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 off the ... more

With a CH-46E Sea Knight as a background Marine Captain Philip Boggs of the 1ST Battalion 11th Marines speaks to his troops prior to his change of command ceremony aboard USS Tarawa (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

With a CH-46E Sea Knight as a background Marine Captain Philip Boggs o...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Steph... more

Marine CH-46E Sea Knight (foreground) and CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter land on the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) flight deck during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97 taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton. KERNEL BLITZ is a biannual Commander-in-CHIEF Pacific (CINCPAC) fleet training exercise (FLEETEX) focused on operational/tactical training of Commander, Third Fleet (C3F)/ I Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF) and Commander, Amphibious Group 3 (CPG-3)/ 1ST Marine Division (MARDIV). KERNEL BLITZ is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of brigade-size amphibious assault operations

Marine CH-46E Sea Knight (foreground) and CH-53E Super Stallion helico...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Stephen Batiz, USN Release Status: Released to Publ... more

A Marine from Marine Helicopter Medium 163 performs maintenance on a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter aboard USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97 taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton. KERNEL BLITZ is a biannual Commander-in-CHIEF Pacific (CINCPAC) fleet training exercise (FLEETEX) focused on operational/tactical training of Commander, Third Fleet (C3F)/ I Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF) and Commander, Amphibious Group 3 (CPG-3)/ 1ST Marine Division (MARDIV). KERNEL BLITZ is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of brigade-size amphibious assault operations

A Marine from Marine Helicopter Medium 163 performs maintenance on a C...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Steph... more

CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 perform landing qualifications on the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97 taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton. KERNEL BLITZ is a biannual Commander-in-CHIEF Pacific (CINCPAC) fleet training exercise (FLEETEX) focused on operational/tactical training of Commander, Third Fleet (C3F)/ I Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF) and Commander, Amphibious Group 3 (CPG-3)/ 1ST Marine Division (MARDIV). KERNEL BLITZ is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of brigade-size amphibious assault operations

CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 1...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TArawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Steph... more

Marines from 1ST Force Reconaissance Company, Camp Pendleton, California, aboard USS TARAWA (LHA 1), prepare for participation in a clandestine assault as part of Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

Marines from 1ST Force Reconaissance Company, Camp Pendleton, Californ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: PHC(Nac) Douglas S. Bean, USN Release Status: Released to Pu... more

Aviation Boatswains Mate Third Class Curtis Rowe directs a Marine helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 toward the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) flight deck during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97 taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton. KERNEL BLITZ is a biannual Commander-in-CHIEF Pacific (CINCPAC) fleet training exercise (FLEETEX) focused on operational/tactical training of Commander, Third Fleet (C3F)/ I Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF) and Commander, Amphibious Group 3 (CPG-3)/ 1ST Marine Division (MARDIV). KERNEL BLITZ is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of brigade-size amphibious assault operations

Aviation Boatswains Mate Third Class Curtis Rowe directs a Marine heli...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Stephen Batiz, USN Release Status: Released to Publ... more

CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 takes off of the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 16...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS Tarawa Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Stephen Batiz... more

A Navy fire fighter, with Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) wearing a Navy Firefighter Helmet with face shield and head lamp, keeps watch over a possible explosive device during a drill onboard the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

A Navy fire fighter, with Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) we...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS Tarawa Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Stephen Batiz... more

A Marine CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter flies off the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) (not seen) into the sunset during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton is a biannual Commander-in-CHIEF Pacific (CINCPAC) fleet training exercise (FLEETEX) focused on operational/tactical training of Commander, Third Fleet (C3F)/ I Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF) and Commander, Amphibious Group 3 (CPG-3)/ 1ST Marine Division (MARDIV). KERNEL BLITZ is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of brigade-size amphibious assault operations

A Marine CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter flies off the USS TARAWA (LH...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS Tarawa Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Stephen Batiz, US... more

CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 take off of the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ'97.  KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 1...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Stephen Batiz, US... more

Captain Chris Ames, Commanding Officer of the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) briefs his Operations Officer during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton is a biannual Commander-in-CHIEF Pacific (CINCPAC) fleet training exercise (FLEETEX) focused on operational/tactical training of Commander, Third Fleet (C3F)/ I Marine Expeditionary Forces (MEF) and Commander, Amphibious Group 3 (CPG-3)/ 1ST Marine Division (MARDIV). KERNEL BLITZ is designed to enhance the training of Sailors and Marines in the complexities of brigade-size amphibious assault operations

Captain Chris Ames, Commanding Officer of the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) brief...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS Tarawa Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Stephen Batiz... more

A tow tractor makes its way across the flight deck of the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

A tow tractor makes its way across the flight deck of the USS TARAWA (...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Steph... more

PETTY Officer Third Class (DC3) Scott Ferreira keeps watch over a possible explosive device during a drill onboard the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. Firefighters are seen with Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) wearing a Navy Firefighter Helmet with face shield and head lamp. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

PETTY Officer Third Class (DC3) Scott Ferreira keeps watch over a poss...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS Tarawa Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Stephen Batiz... more

PETTY Officer Third Class (DC3) Scott Ferreira, seen with Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) wearing a Navy Firefighter Helmet with face shield and head lamp, keeps watch over a possible explosive device during a drill onboard the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) as part of Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

PETTY Officer Third Class (DC3) Scott Ferreira, seen with Self Contain...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS Tarawa Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Stephen Batiz... more

PETTY Officer Third Class Robert Jimenez watches as a AH-1W Cobra takes off from the flight deck of the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

PETTY Officer Third Class Robert Jimenez watches as a AH-1W Cobra take...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS Tarawa Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Stephen Batiz... more

Members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Three (EODMU3) examine X-rays of a possible letter bomb during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

Members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Three (EODMU3) exam...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS Tarawa Scene Camera Operator: Stephen Batiz, PH1(Nac... more

Captain Tom Priest of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 preflights an AH-1W Cobra during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

Captain Tom Priest of Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 pref...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS Tarawa Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Stephen Batiz... more

PETTY Officer Third Class (RM3) Clay Lassiter of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit 3 takes an X-ray of a suspected mail bomb during a TARAWA (LHA 1) explosive device drill for Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

PETTY Officer Third Class (RM3) Clay Lassiter of Explosive Ordnance Di...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS Tarawa Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Stephen Batiz... more

CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 lands on the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 16...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS Tarawa Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Stephen Batiz... more

Flight deck crew members wait on the flight deck of the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) prior to the launch of a AH-1W Cobra helicopter during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

Flight deck crew members wait on the flight deck of the USS TARAWA (LH...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS Tarawa Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Stephen Batiz... more

A Marine CH-53 Sea Stallion from helicopter squadron HMH 466 flies to USS TARAWA (LHA 1) while deployed on the ship for Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

A Marine CH-53 Sea Stallion from helicopter squadron HMH 466 flies to ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Major Command Shown: HMH 466 Scene Camera Operator: PH2 (Nac) Jeff Viano,... more

Navy Journalist Second Class Lee Rhoades, Fleet Combat Camera Group Pacific, is documenting the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) conducting fleet maneuvers during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

Navy Journalist Second Class Lee Rhoades, Fleet Combat Camera Group Pa...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Coronado (AGF 11) Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Scen... more

USMC Brigadier General Langston receives a briefing from the crew aboard the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

USMC Brigadier General Langston receives a briefing from the crew aboa...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: I MEF Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Scott Blackhall, USN R... more

The USS CORONADO (AGF 11), follows the USS TARAWA (LHA 1), during maneuvers performed in Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

The USS CORONADO (AGF 11), follows the USS TARAWA (LHA 1), during mane...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Scott Blackhall, USN Re... more

Navy Journalist Second Class Lee Rhoades, Fleet Combat Camera Group Pacific, is documenting the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) conducting fleet maneuvers during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

Navy Journalist Second Class Lee Rhoades, Fleet Combat Camera Group Pa...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Coronado (AGF 11) Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Scen... more

Flight deck personnel and United States Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron-369 (HMLA-369) onboard USS TARAWA (LHA 1) wrap up for the day after a full day of flight ops during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations.

Flight deck personnel and United States Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ'97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: HMLA-369 Scene Camera Operator: PH2(Ss) Steven Van Der We... more

USMC Brigadier General Lanston asks questions during a brief received by the crew aboard the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

USMC Brigadier General Lanston asks questions during a brief received ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: I MEF Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Scott Blackhall, USN R... more

USMC Brigadier General Lanston talks to the troops aboard the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

USMC Brigadier General Lanston talks to the troops aboard the USS TARA...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: I MEF Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Scott Blackhall, USN R... more

Seamen Nicole Singletary stands the Aft Lookout watch onboard the USS CORONADO (AGF 11) as the USS TARAWA (LHA-1) approachs the stern while conducting maneuvers during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

Seamen Nicole Singletary stands the Aft Lookout watch onboard the USS ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Coronado (AGF 11) Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Scen... more

AH-1W Super Cobra from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron-369 (HMLA-369) practices flight operations while aboard the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

AH-1W Super Cobra from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron-369 (HM...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Scott Blac... more

CHIEF Signalman (Surface Warfare) (SMC (SW)) Martin Coladonato utilizes big eye binoculars to read pennants from the USS Coronado (AGF 11), during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

CHIEF Signalman (Surface Warfare) (SMC (SW)) Martin Coladonato utilize...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: Scott Blackhall, PH3, USN Release Status: Released to Public... more

The 126th Medical Company UH-60A Blackhawks, practices touch-and-go's, on the flight deck of the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

The 126th Medical Company UH-60A Blackhawks, practices touch-and-go's,...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Scott Blac... more

Aviation Boatswain's Mate Second Class (AB2) Mark Aguirre and AIRMAN (AN) Chris Sanchez, USS TARAWA (LHA 1), signal landing procedures to a AH-1W Super Cobra from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron-369 (HMLA 369) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

Aviation Boatswain's Mate Second Class (AB2) Mark Aguirre and AIRMAN (...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA (LHA-1) Scene C... more

PETTY Officer Third Class (PO3) Robert Jimenez waits for his next Helicopter launch on board USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

PETTY Officer Third Class (PO3) Robert Jimenez waits for his next Heli...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Scene Major Command Shown: USS Tarawa Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) Stephen Batiz... more

The USS MOUNT VERNON (LSD-39), practices maneuvers in front of the USS TARAWA (LHA 1), during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

The USS MOUNT VERNON (LSD-39), practices maneuvers in front of the USS...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Scott Blackhall, USN Relea... more

A Landing Craft, Utility (LCU), from Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, California, (ACU-1), (DET-A) load vital equipment needed to storm the beach aboard the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

A Landing Craft, Utility (LCU), from Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, C...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Scene C... more

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handler) (AB(H)) Jessie Pacleb in an aluminized firefighter proximity suit, stands watch over the flight deck of USS TARAWA (LHA 1) as part of the crash and salvage crew during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handler) (AB(H)) Jessie Pacleb in an alumin...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Scene C... more

Marines make their way out of a CH-53 Sea Dragon on the flight deck of the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

Marines make their way out of a CH-53 Sea Dragon on the flight deck of...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Scene C... more

Commander Ken Bitar, the Air Boss, controls the skies over the USS TARAWA (LHA 1), during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. A CH-46 Sea Knight is seen leaving the ship. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

Commander Ken Bitar, the Air Boss, controls the skies over the USS TAR...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Scene C... more

A Bell UH-1 Iroquois (Huey) helicopter from Helicopter Marine Light Attack Squadron 369 lands on the flight deck of the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. Also seen in silhouette is a CH-46 Sea Knight. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

A Bell UH-1 Iroquois (Huey) helicopter from Helicopter Marine Light At...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Scene C... more

Navy Landing Craft Utility (LCUs) make their way to the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

Navy Landing Craft Utility (LCUs) make their way to the USS TARAWA (LH...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Scene Camera Operator: PH1(Nac) S... more

An Army UH-60 Blackhawk from the 126th Medical Company waits on the flight deck of the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

An Army UH-60 Blackhawk from the 126th Medical Company waits on the fl...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Scene C... more

A Navy CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter from Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 11 (HC-11) lands on the flight deck of the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

A Navy CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter from Helicopter Combat Support Squa...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Scene C... more

A Landing Craft, Utility (LCU) from Landing Craft Unit-1 (ACU-1) (DET-A), prepares to board the USS TARAWA (LHA 1), during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

A Landing Craft, Utility (LCU) from Landing Craft Unit-1 (ACU-1) (DET-...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Scene C... more

A Navy CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter from Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 11 (HC-11) lands on the flight deck of the USS TARAWA (LHA 1) during Exercise KERNEL BLITZ '97. KERNEL BLITZ is taking place off the coast of Southern California and Camp Pendleton to train Navy and Marine Corps personnel in amphibious operations

A Navy CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter from Helicopter Combat Support Squa...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: KERNEL BLITZ '97 Base: Uss Tarawa (LHA 1) Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Major Command Shown: USS TARAWA (LHA 1) Scene C... more