Fast Rope Training aboard USS Makin Island

Marine Fast Rope Tng

A Marine with Golf Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, descends down a rope as part of fast-rope training during the 11th MEU’s WESTPAC deployment aboard the USS Makin Island, Aug 13, 2014. The 11th MEU and Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group are deployed as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious missions across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Evan R. White/Released)

4th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Amphibious Squadron 8

25th MEU

Marines and sailors with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Amphibious Squadron 8 offload from the USS Iwo Jima after conducting their PHIBRON-MEU Integrated Training in preparation for their deployment later this year, Aug. 12. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Mary M. Carmona/Released)

F/A 18C Hornet aboard the USS George H.W. Bush

FA-18C Hornet aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush

An F/A-18C Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 15 lands aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. George H.W. Bush, the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, is deployed as a part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.

USNS Leroy Grumman and USS Ross during replenishment-at-sea

A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter with USS Peleliu (LHA-5)

Super Stallion

A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter flies ahead of the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA-5) after conducting helocast operations at Pyramid Rock Beach, Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The helocast was part of a final amphibious assault during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships and six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 26 to Aug. 1 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Matthew Callahan/Released)

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