uss iwo jima

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).

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Third time’s a charm, they say.

Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit post security during a field training exercise at Udairi Range, Kuwait. A contingent of MEU Marines is ashore in Kuwait as part of scheduled sustainment training. The 24th MEU is embarked on the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Operations.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Todd F. Michalek, 19 FEB 2015.)

Set the sky on fire.

An AV-8B Harrier with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron VMM-261 (Reinforced), 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, takes off from the flight deck of the USS Iwo Jima as the 24th MEU prepares for their final at-sea training exercise. The 24th MEU is conducting their Certification Exercise with Amphibious Squadron 8 scheduled Jan. 27 to Feb. 17, which includes a series of missions intended to evaluate and certify the unit for their upcoming deployment. The harrier detachment is from VMA-542 based out of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C.

(Photo by Staff Sergeant Robert Fisher, 29 January 2012.)

Members of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group participate in a 5K Thanksgiving fun run aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima, Nov. 22, 2012. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Chad R. Kiehl)

“Fun Run at Sea” by the United States Marine Corps Official Page on Flickr.

Oh, traffic was bad this morning, some Beemer cut me off.

Marines with the Communication’s Section, Command Element, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit wait to be transported back to the USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7) on Onslow Beach. Transportation to and from the beach is part of the daily grind for Marines and sailors of 24th MEU and Amphibious Squadron 8 (PHIBRON 8). 24th MEU is wrapping up a three-week exercise called Composite Training Unit Exercise where they were embarked aboard USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and USS Gunston Hall. The training was focused on developing cohesion between the 24th MEU and PHIBRON 8 in conducting amphibious operations, crisis response, and limited contingency operations while operating from the sea.

(Photo by Sergeant Richard Blumenstein, 19 December 2011.)