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As darkness began to cover their tracks Royal Marine Commandos launched their final assault on a disused submarine base in Albania as part of a long-planned annual exercise during Exercise Albanian Lion. Alpha and Bravo Companies from 40 Commando were landed ashore by Landing Craft Utility (LCU) and Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP) in preparation for the attack on the Porto Palermo Submarine Base, Albania. September 17, 2014.

U.S. Marines assigned to 5th Marine Regiment Headquarters proceed to embark a landing craft utility (LCU) on the well deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) during a manifest of personnel offload as part of Exercise Steel Knight 2016. Steel Knight is a 1st Marine Division led exercise which enables the Navy-Marine team to operate in a realistic combined-arms environment to develop skill sets necessary to operate as a fully capable Marine Air Ground Task Force. 

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Vladimir Ramos/Released)

Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1631, assigned to Naval Beach Unit (NBU) 7, enters the well deck of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) during well deck operations.