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Swim Call in the Gulf of Aden

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Megan Anuci

Sailors and Marines aboard the USS Iwo Jima participate in a swim call on 18 April 2015. During ‘swim calls’ sailors and marines get to take a casual dip in the sea while onlookers above keep an eye out for sharks and other undersea creatures.

The Gulf of Aden is located in the Arabian Sea between Yemen, on the south coast of the Arabian Peninsula, and Somalia in the Horn of Africa. The region was once a hotbed for piracy but that has subsided in recent years. The USS Iwo Jima is an amphibious assault ship (LHD 7).

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GULF OF ADEN (Feb. 3, 2015) Corporals Bryce B. Lindsey, left, and Xavier A. Holzendorf, both landing support specialists with Combat Logistics Battalion 24, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, connect four pallets of cargo to a CH-53E Super Stallion during helicopter support team training aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), in the Gulf of Aden.