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Marines with 1st Transportation Support Batallion, attach while a Light Armored Vehicle 25 to a CH-53E Super Stallion during a CH-53 tactics exercise at Auxiliary Airfield II, Yuma, Ariz., April 7, 2017.

A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 364 transports an AH-1 Cobra helicopter to the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5), not pictured, during a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel mission in the Pacific Ocean June 6, 2012. Peleliu and the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit were under way participating in an interoperability training exercise. (DoD photo by Gunnery Sgt. John A. Lee II, U.S. Marine Corps /Released)

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RIMPAC 2014

(Top) More than 40 ships and submarines representing 15 international partner nations travel in formation in the Pacific Ocean July 25, 2014, during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 exercise. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Shannon E. Renfroe, U.S. Navy/Released)

(Second) U.S. Marines with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment practice clearing rooms during training at the Pohakuloa Training Area in Hawaii July 22, 2014, as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. (DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Wesley Timm, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

(Third) The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) leads a formation of vessels from 15 international partnership nations Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 in the Pacific Ocean July 25, 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Dustin Kelling, U.S. Navy/Released)

(Fourth) Lance Corporal Samuel Derene directs Republic of Korea Marines as they exit a Marine CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter at Kahuku Training Area, Hawaii during non-combatant evacuation operation training during the 2014 Rim of the Pacific Exercise. (Canadian Forces Combat Camera Photo by Sgt. Matthew McGregor/Released)

(Fifth) The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) conducts amphibious operations in support of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 in the Pacific Ocean July 28, 2014. DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dustin Knight, U.S. Navy/Released)

(Sixth) A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 463 prepares to land on the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 in the Pacific Ocean July 28, 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dustin Knight, U.S. Navy/Released)

(Seventh) U.S. Navy Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Chase Burton climbs a caving ladder out of the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) in the Pacific Ocean July 23, 2014, during visit, board, search and seizure training as part of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda R. Gray, U.S. Navy/Released)

(Bottom) A U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y Venom helicopter assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 24 takes off during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 exercise July 29, 2014, at a landing zone at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe, Hawaii. (DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Victor A. Mancilla, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

(Overview) Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 people participated in RIMPAC from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971.

Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) prepare to launch a CH-53 Super Stallion helicopter assigned to Marine Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 (reinforced).  
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Chad Swysgood/Released)

On the way

U.S. Marines with the Maritime Raid Force and Security Element of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, ride in a CH-53 Super Stallion during interoperability training aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 20, 2014. Interop gives the 15th MEU’s MRF and Security Element an opportunity to work together and support each other in preparation for a deployment in the spring.

(Photo by Cpl. Anna Albrecht)

Marines assigned to Force Reconnaissance Platoon, Maritime Raid Force, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepare to conduct a high altitude high opening (HAHO) jump from a CH-53 Super Stallion during category 3 sustainment training in Louisburg, North Carolina, June 6, 2015. The training allowed the Marines to practice proper techniques and procedures while in preparation for deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility later this year.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Andre Dakis/Released)

INDIAN OCEAN (July 13, 2015) A CH-53 Super Stallion assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) take off from the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20). Green Bay is in the Indian Ocean participating in Talisman Sabre 2015. Talisman Sabre is a bilateral exercise intended to train Australian and U.S. forces in planning and conducting combined task force operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Derek A. Harkins/Released)

GREEN DECK

A CH-53 Super Stallion assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20). Green Bay is in the Indian Ocean participating in Talisman Sabre 2015. Talisman Sabre is a bilateral exercise intended to train Australian and U.S. forces in planning and conducting combined task force operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Derek A. Harkins/Released)