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GULF OF ADEN (Feb. 12, 2017 Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Jalisa Hill signals an MV-22B Osprey, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced), to take off from the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). The ship is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations designed to reassure allies and partners, and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin M. Langer/Released) 170212-N-LI768-059

I GOTTA WEAR SHADES

CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters assigned to the Ridge Runners of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 operate from the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin M. Langer/Released)

An AV-8B Harrier, assigned to the Ridge Runners of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced), takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit are returning to southern California from a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 3rd, 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin M. Langer)

PACIFIC OCEAN (April 21, 2017) AV-8B Harriers, assigned to the Ridge Runners of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced), land on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Makin Island, the flagship for the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to enhance amphibious capability with regional partners and to serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin M. Langer)

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Evening Quickie #soldierporn: The great cloud-continents of sunset seas.

A Sailor signals an AH-1Z Viper helicopter, attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced), to land aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) and salutes the pilot as the aircraft lifts off again. Makin Island, the flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, is on a deployment with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit to promote peace and freedom of the seas by providing security and stability in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. 

(U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Lindahl, 4 FEB 2015. Title from sonnet by Thomas Bailey Aldrich.)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Jan. 14, 2014) An SH-60 Sea Hawk helicopter, assigned to the “Black Jacks” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, prepares to land aboard the amphibious assault ship, USS Makin Island (LHD 8) during flight operations. Makin Island is underway for sea trials after a 13-month phased maintenance availability (PMA). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lawrence Davis/Released)

An AV-8B Harrier attached to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced) launches across the flight deck of amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8).

PACIFIC OCEAN (April 24, 2017) An MV-22B Osprey, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced), embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), flies above Wake Island. Makin Island, the flagship for the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is operating in the Pacific Ocean to enhance amphibious capability with regional partners and to serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Mathew Diendorf)

Marines attach the hoist sling of an AV-8B Harrier jet engine container to an MV-22 Osprey on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8)

A Marine assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) fast ropes from a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter onto the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8).

ELECTRIC!

ARABIAN SEA (Sept. 14, 2014)
Marines prepare to discharge static electricity with a hand-held discharge device before attaching the hoist sling of an AV-8B Harrier jet engine container to an MV-22 Osprey on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8).

The engine is being transported to the Military Sealift Command dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) during a replenishment-at-sea. Makin Island is the flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime and theater security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Lindahl/Released