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The Casablanca class escort carrier USS Makin Island (CVE 93), left,  is placed aside the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8).

The Casablanca class escort carrier USS Makin Island (CVE 93), left, ...

SAN DIEGO (Aug. 06, 2015) The Casablanca class escort carrier USS Makin Island (CVE 93), left, is placed aside the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Both ships were named for the Mak... more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 play touch rugby on the wharf while waiting for their transport to arrive during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. Twenty-two nat... 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Starboard bow view of the US Navy (USN) Wasp class Amphibious Assault Ship USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD-6) being floated off at the Ingalls Shipyard at Pasagoula, Mississippi (MS)

Starboard bow view of the US Navy (USN) Wasp class Amphibious Assault ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Pasagoula State: Mississippi (MS) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Major Command Shown: USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) Scene Camera O... more

An aerial starboard bow view of the Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship (multipurpose) USS BOXER (LHD 4) underway as sea

An aerial starboard bow view of the Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Boxer (LHD 4) Scene Camera Operator: Unknown Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

Infantry men from the 26th US Marine Expeditionay Unit (MEU) practice "fast roping" from a CH-53 "Super Stallion" aboard the Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship, USS WASP (LHD 1). A US Navy EA-6B Prowler is partially seen at the right. The WASP and 26th MEU are en route to the Mediterranean on a scheduled six-month deployment

Infantry men from the 26th US Marine Expeditionay Unit (MEU) practice ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Wasp (LHD 1) Country: Mediterranean Sea (MED) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Kenneth A. Pace, USN Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mil... more

US Navy GUNNER's Mate 3rd Class James L. Wolfe fires a shotline from the Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD 1), to the Henry J Kaiser Class Military Sealift Command Oiler, USNS PATUXENT (T-AO 201), during an Underway Replenishment (unrep). The WASP is en route to the Meditteranean Sea

US Navy GUNNER's Mate 3rd Class James L. Wolfe fires a shotline from t...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Wasp (LHD 1) Country: Mediterranean Sea (MED) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Kenneth A. Pace, USN Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mil... more

Infantry men from the 26th US Marine Expeditionay Unit (MEU) practice "fast roping" from a CH-53 "Super Stallion" aboard the Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship, USS WASP (LHD 1). A US Navy EA-6B Prowler is partially seen at the right. The WASP and 26th MEU are en route to the Mediterranean on a scheduled six-month deployment

Infantry men from the 26th US Marine Expeditionay Unit (MEU) practice ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Wasp (LHD 1) Country: Mediterranean Sea (MED) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Kenneth A. Pace, USN Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mil... more

A Helicopter Support Team from Marine Helicopter Medium Squadron 264 (HMM-264) attach a High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) to a CH-53 "Super Stallion" during an equipment transport exercise aboard the Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship, USS WASP (LHD 1). The HMMWV was carried to troops (Not shown) waiting ashore

A Helicopter Support Team from Marine Helicopter Medium Squadron 264 (...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Wasp (LHD 1) Country: Mediterranean Sea (MED) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Kenneth A. Pace, USN Release Status: Released to Public Combined Mil... more

On board the Wasp class amphibious assault ship USS BOXER (LHD-4), LCPL Aaron Davis removes the external wing station rocket launching assembly from an AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter during exercise RIMPAC '98

On board the Wasp class amphibious assault ship USS BOXER (LHD-4), LCP...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: RIMPAC '98 Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Camera Operator: Ph1 (Nac) James G Mccarter Release Status: Released to Public ... more

Port bow view of the Wasp class amphibious assault ship USS BOXER (LHD-4) as she returns to Hawaii at the end of exercise RIMPAC '98

Port bow view of the Wasp class amphibious assault ship USS BOXER (LHD...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: RIMPAC '98 Country: Pacific Ocean (POC) Scene Camera Operator: Ph1 (Nac) James G Mccarter Release Status: Released to Public ... 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

Port bow view of the Wasp Class, Amphibious Assault Ship, USS WASP (LHD 1) en route to Norfolk, Virginia. The ship is returning to port after putting to sea to avoid the effects of Hurricane Floyd along the east coast

Port bow view of the Wasp Class, Amphibious Assault Ship, USS WASP (LH...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Naval Air Station, Norfolk State: Virginia (VA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: Don S. Montgomery, USN (Ret) Rele... more

A view from onboard the US Navy (USN) WASP CLASS: Amphibious Assault Ship, USS BATAAN (LHD 5), showing the USN Landing Craft Air-Cushioned (LCAC -51) craft, leaving the ships well deck to transports US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines and their equipment to the beach for an amphibious assault

A view from onboard the US Navy (USN) WASP CLASS: Amphibious Assault S...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Bataan (LHD 5) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Dennis Timms, USN Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

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

Onboard the US Navy (USN) WASP CLASS: Amphibious Assault Ship, USS ESSEX (LHD 2), US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines assigned to 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) practice conducting Fast Rope exercises from the ship's flight deck into the hangar bay, during Blue-Green Workup exercises

Onboard the US Navy (USN) WASP CLASS: Amphibious Assault Ship, USS ESS...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Essex (LHD 2) Scene Camera Operator: PHAN Stephanie M. Bergman, USN Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photo... 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

A RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile is launched after locking onto its target during a live fire missile exercise on board the USS BATAAN (LHD 5) (Wasp class)

A RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile is launched after locking onto its ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Uss Bataan (LHD 5) Scene Camera Operator: PHAN John Taucher, USN Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile is launched after locking onto its target during a live fire missile exercise on board the USS BATAAN (LHD 5) (Wasp class)

A RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile is launched after locking onto its ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Uss Bataan (LHD 5) Scene Camera Operator: PHAN John Taucher, USN Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile is launched after locking onto its target during a live fire missile exercise on board the USS BATAAN (LHD 5) (Wasp class)

A RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile is launched after locking onto its ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Uss Bataan (LHD 5) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Jimmy Lee, USN Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Sea Sparrow missile is launched after locking onto its target while doing a live fire missile exercise on board the USS BATAAN (LHD 5) (Wasp class)

A North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Sea Sparrow missile is lau...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Uss Bataan (LHD 5) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Jimmy Lee, USN Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Sea Sparrow missile is launched after locking onto its target while doing a live fire missile exercise on board the USS BATAAN (LHD 5) (Wasp class)

A North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Sea Sparrow missile is lau...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Uss Bataan (LHD 5) Scene Camera Operator: PHAN John Taucher, USN Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) RIM-7 Sea Sparrow Missile System (NSSMS), launches a missile during a live fire exercise on board the USS BATAAN (LHD 5) (Wasp class)

A North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) RIM-7 Sea Sparrow Missile ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Uss Bataan (LHD 5) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Christopher M. Staten, USN Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Phot... more

RAM Missile Launch

RAM Missile Launch

ABOARD USS BATAAN (Mar. 29, 2001) A Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) is launched after locking onto its target during a live fire missile exercise aboard USS Bataan (LHD 5), a Wasp class amphibious assault ship. ... more

A RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile is launched after locking onto its target during a live fire missile exercise on board the USS BATAAN (LHD 5) (Wasp class)

A RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile is launched after locking onto its ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Uss Bataan (LHD 5) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Christopher M. Staten, USN Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Phot... more

A high aerial port view of the Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship (multipurpose) USS BOXER (LHD 4) underway at sea

A high aerial port view of the Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship (mul...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Boxer (LHD 4) Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

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

Onboard the US Navy (USN) WASP CLASS: Amphibious Assault Ship, USS BATAAN (LHD 5), USN Commissioned Officers and Enlisted Sailors gather to attend a special Flag Ceremony honoring the first flag flown at "Ground Zero," over the World Trade Center. The famous flag (not shown) was raised in the middle of the rubble by New York City firefighters and has since been carried by USN Ships operating in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

Onboard the US Navy (USN) WASP CLASS: Amphibious Assault Ship, USS BAT...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: ENDURING FREEDOM Base: USS Bataan (LHD 5) Scene Camera Operator: PHC Johnny Bivera, USN Release Status: Released to Public Co... more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The multi-purpose WASP class Amphibious Assault Ship USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7) passes under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge as it makes it's way up the Hudson River to kick off Fleet Week 2002. More than 6000 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard personnel aboard 22 ships - including six warships returning from deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the war against terrorism - sailed into New York today for the 15th Annual Fleet Week 2002

The multi-purpose WASP class Amphibious Assault Ship USS IWO JIMA (LHD...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: ENDURING FREEDOM Base: Hudson River, New York City State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Major ... more

US Naval officers involved with Fleet Week 2002 watch the WASP class Amphibious Assault Ship USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7) pull into Pier 88 at New York City. More than 6000 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard personnel aboard 22 ships - including six warships returning from deployment in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, sail into New York City for the 15th Annual Fleet Week 2002

US Naval officers involved with Fleet Week 2002 watch the WASP class A...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: ENDURING FREEDOM Base: Hudson River, New York City State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera... more

Spectators standing on the flight deck of the ESSEX class Aircraft Carrier USS INTREPID (CV 11) watch WASP class Amphibious Assault Ship USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7) pull into New York City to participate in Fleet Week 2002. The INTREPID is permanently docked as a Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York City. More than 6000 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard personnel aboard 22 ships - including six warships returning from deployment in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, sail into New York City for the 15th Annual Fleet Week 2002

Spectators standing on the flight deck of the ESSEX class Aircraft Car...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: ENDURING FREEDOM Base: Hudson River, New York City State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera... more

The United States Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) BARQUE EAGLE (WIX 327) passes the multi-purpose WASP class Amphibious Assault Ship USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7) on the Hudson River during Fleet Week 2002. More than 6000 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard personnel aboard 22 ships - including six warships returning from deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the war against terrorism - sailed into New York today for the 15th Annual Fleet Week 2002

The United States Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) BARQUE EAGLE (WIX 327) pa...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: ENDURING FREEDOM Base: Hudson River, New York City State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Major ... more

Tugboats maneuver the multi-purpose WASP class Amphibious Assault Ship USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7) toward Pier 88 in New York City. The IWO JIMA arrived to celebrate Fleet Week 2002. More than 6,000 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard personnel aboard 22 ships - including six warships returning from deployment in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, sail into New York City for the 15th Annual Fleet Week 2002

Tugboats maneuver the multi-purpose WASP class Amphibious Assault Ship...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: ENDURING FREEDOM Base: Hudson River, New York City State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera... more

Greeted with a traditional fireboat spray, the multi-purpose WASP class Amphibious Assault Ship USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7) sails up the Hudson River to kick off Fleet Week, May 22, 2002. More than 6000 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard personnel aboard 22 ships - including six warships returning from deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the war against terrorism - sailed into New York today for the 15th Annual Fleet Week 2002

Greeted with a traditional fireboat spray, the multi-purpose WASP clas...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: ENDURING FREEDOM Base: Hudson River, New York City State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Major ... more

The multi-purpose WASP class Amphibious Assault Ship USS IWO JIMA (LHD 7) slowly sails by as two helicopters from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 11 (HELASRON HS-11) Dragonslayers, provide escort up the Hudson River for Fleet Week 2002. More than 6000 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard personnel aboard 22 ships - including six warships returning from deployment in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, sail into New York City for the 15th Annual Fleet Week 2002

The multi-purpose WASP class Amphibious Assault Ship USS IWO JIMA (LHD...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: ENDURING FREEDOM Base: Hudson River, New York City State: New York (NY) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera... more

Two US Marine Corps (USMC) CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopters assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (HMM-261), conduct aerial refueling with a USMC KC-130 Hercules aircraft assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 (VMGR-252) during exercises conducted by the USMC 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Special Operations Capable (SOC), in the Arabian Sea. The US Navy (USN) WASP CLASS; Amphibious Assault Ship, USS WASP (LHD-1), is underway in the background

Two US Marine Corps (USMC) CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopters assigned to...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: SRA Cheresa D. Clark, USAF Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

A US Marine Corps (USMC) CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter lifts off from the flight deck aboard the US Navy (USN) WASP CLASS; Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD-1), during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

A US Marine Corps (USMC) CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter lifts off from th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: ENDURING FREEDOM Base: USS Wasp (LHD 1) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Melissa Sanscrainte, USAF Release Status: Released to Pub... more

A US Marine Corps (USMC) CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter lifts off from the flight deck aboard the US Navy (USN) WASP CLASS; Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD-1), during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

A US Marine Corps (USMC) CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter lifts off from th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: ENDURING FREEDOM Base: USS Wasp (LHD 1) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Melissa Sanscrainte, USAF Release Status: Released to Pub... more

A US Marine Corps (USMC) CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter lifts off from the flight deck aboard the US Navy (USN) WASP CLASS; Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD-1), for a mission in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

A US Marine Corps (USMC) CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter lifts off from th...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: ENDURING FREEDOM Base: USS Wasp (LHD 1) Scene Camera Operator: TSGT Melissa Sanscrainte, USAF Release Status: Released to Pub... more

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

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

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

A view from onboard the US Navy (USN) WASP CLASS: AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP, USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3), showing underway refueling being conducted with the USN AVENGER CLASS: MINE COUNTERMEASERURES VESSEL, USS SCOUT (MCM 8), using a floating hose refueling method

A view from onboard the US Navy (USN) WASP CLASS: AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT S...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Jose Ponce, USN Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files

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

Port bow view of the US Navy (USN) WASP CLASS: AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP, USS BONJOMME RICHARD (LHD 6), passing under the Coronado Bridge, underway in the Harbor at San Diego, California (CA), with ships personnel manning the rails as it departs for a scheduled six-month deployment. A port security unit harbor patrol craft is underway in the foreground

Port bow view of the US Navy (USN) WASP CLASS: AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: San Diego State: California (CA) Country: United States Of America (USA) Scene Camera Operator: PH3 Emmanuel Rios, USN Release Status: Released ... 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

US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines from Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina (NC), practice reloading drills aboard the US Navy (USN) Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3) during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Marine Corps (USMC) Marines from Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd M...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Uss Kearsarge (LHD 3) Scene Major Command Shown: 40604 Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Bryan J. Nealy, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combin... more

Using his 5.56 mm M16A2 rifle, US Marine Corps (USMC) Private (PVT) Dennis Douds, Rifleman (0311) Marines, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina (NC), practices snapping in (quickly acquiring the target) with night vision goggles. He is on aboard the US Navy (USN) Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3) during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

Using his 5.56 mm M16A2 rifle, US Marine Corps (USMC) Private (PVT) De...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: ENDURING FREEDOM Base: Uss Kearsarge (LHD 3) Scene Major Command Shown: 2 MEB Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Bryan J. Nealy, USM... more

US Marine Corps (USMC) Corporal (CPL) Eugene Faiellav (left), listens to instructions for a reloading drill from USMC CPL Ben Christiansen, both are Rifleman (0311) Marines, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina (NC), deployed with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB). They are onboard the US Navy (USN) Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

US Marine Corps (USMC) Corporal (CPL) Eugene Faiellav (left), listens ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Uss Kearsarge (LHD 3) Scene Major Command Shown: 2 MEB Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Bryan J. Nealy, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combin... more

A view from the bridge of the US Navy (USN) Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3) as the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB) battle group passes through the Straits of Gibraltar during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

A view from the bridge of the US Navy (USN) Wasp Class Amphibious Assa...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Base: Uss Kearsarge (LHD 3) Scene Major Command Shown: 2 MEB Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Bryan J. Nealy, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combin... more

A port side view of the US Navy (USN) WASP CLASS; Amphibious Assault Ship, USS BOXER (LHD 4), underway at sea conducting operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM

A port side view of the US Navy (USN) WASP CLASS; Amphibious Assault S...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: ENDURING FREEDOM Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Andrew P. Roufs, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combin... more

US Navy (USN) war ships carrying troops and equipment underway way at sea during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Pictured left-to-right are the WASP CLASS; Amphibious Assault Ship, USS BOXER (LHD 4), an unidentified Military Sealift Command (MSC), MARS CLASS: Combat Store Ship (AFS), and a unidentified ANCHORAGE CLASS: Dock Landing Ship (LSD)

US Navy (USN) war ships carrying troops and equipment underway way at ...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: Subject Operation/Series: ENDURING FREEDOMN Country: Unknown Scene Camera Operator: LCPL Andrew P. Roufs, USMC Release Status: Released to Public Combi... 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 port side view of the US Navy (USN) WASP CLASS: Amphibious Assault Ship, USS ESSEX (LHD 2), moored to the pie, while conducting nighttime loading operations at the White Beach Port Facility, located in Okinawa, Japan

A port side view of the US Navy (USN) WASP CLASS: Amphibious Assault S...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: Okinawa Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Anthony J. Pugliani, Usn Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Di... 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

High-angle starboard side view showing the US Navy (USN) WASP CLASS: Amphibious Assault Ship, USS ESSEX (LHD 2), moored with several Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) ships, at the White Beach Port Facility, located in Okinawa, Japan. Visible in the background are the USN WHIDBEY ISLAND CLASS: Dock Landing Ship, USS FORT McHENRY (LSD 43) (background left), and the USN AUSTIN CLASS: Amphibious Transport Docks, USS JUNEAU (LPD 10)

High-angle starboard side view showing the US Navy (USN) WASP CLASS: A...

The original finding aid described this photograph as: State: Okinawa Country: Japan (JPN) Scene Camera Operator: PH1 James G. Mccarter, Usn Release Status: Released to Public Combined Military Service Digi... 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

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

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