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A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter conducts flight operations alongside the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). The ship is deployed with it’s amphibious ready group in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Autmn Bobby/Released)

Sailors onboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) pose for a “I heart New York” photograph in preparation for Fleet Week New York.

Airman Chondus Smoot, from Jacksonville Fla., holds up a tote board to communicate with the pilot of an AV-8B Harrier aircraft aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5).

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A CH-53E Super Stallion approaches to land on the flight deck of USS Bataan (LHD 5) during a training exercise. Bataan is the flagship for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

(U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Aaron T. Kiser, 5 APR 2014.)

Marines assigned to the 4th Amphibian Assault Battalion guide an amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) toward the well deck of the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5).