NORFOLK (Oct. 22, 2009) The amphibious transport dock ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) New York (LPD 21) arrives at her home port of Naval Station Norfolk for the first time. New York is the fifth of nine San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ships, but first to be named after a state instead of a city in remembrance of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The ship has 7.5 tons of World Trade Center steel in her bow and is scheduled for commissioning on Nov. 7, 2009. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Julie R. Matyascik/Released)
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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 28, 2009)
Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) are transported by Landing Craft Unit 1655 (LCU 1655) into the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA 4) for a Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX).
COMPTUEX is a routine training exercise conducted by U.S. 2nd Fleet off the East Coast from Virginia to Florida.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brien Aho/Released)
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SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 30, 2009) An underway replenishment detail aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Denver (LPD 9) connects a fuel probe during an underway replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS John Ericsson (T-AO 194). Denver is the lead ship of the Denver Amphibious Ready Group conducting a fall patrol in the western Pacific Ocean along with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit 31st MEU). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Casey H. Kyhl/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (Oct. 29, 2009)
Senior Chief Quartermaster Robert Barber and Quartermaster 3rd Class Kabresha Richardson monitor surface contacts in the pilothouse aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68).
The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class John Phillip Wagner Jr/Released)
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Russell Dasher teaches a boy how to give "daps" as Army Staff Sgt. Donald Ottaway looks on at the Andar district bazaar in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province, Oct. 20, 2009. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Sarah Web
A U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo aircraft drops supplies outside Forward Operating Base Golestan in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 28, 2009. U.S. Marines assigned to India Company, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, rely on supply drops to keep operations running smoothly. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Chad J. Pulliam
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Christian Wallace manuevers a cutter's small boat as part of a demonstration for a group of Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp in the Gulf of Mexico, Oct. 20, 2009. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Lehmann
KUNAR Province, Afghanistan (Oct. 30, 2009) Cmdr. Leonard Remias, left, commander of Provincial Reconstruction Team-Kunar, reads the promotion orders for Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Darsean M. Sharpe to petty officer 2nd class. Sharpe, a native of Atlanta, earned a combat promotion for his outstanding support to the Provincial Reconstruction Team while under austere conditions and hostile fire. Sharpe competed for two quotas against all eligible U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Sailors for a Combat Meritorious Advancement Program promotion to the grade of E-5. (Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brian Boisvert/Released)
Airmen of the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron tow an RQ-4 Global Hawk Oct. 22, 2009, on an air base in Southwest Asia. The Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system just returned from a mission supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Charles Larkin Sr.)
U.S. Marines conduct a security patrol through the Nawa district in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 20, 2009. The Marines, assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, are conducting security patrols to decrease insurgent activity and gain the trust of the Afghan people. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Artur Shvartsberg
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Solomon Michel directs a Marine Corps CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopter as it approaches the flight deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry during landing qualifications in the South China Sea, Oct. 29, 2009. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua J. Wahl
Master Sgt. Michael Lang inspects the inside of the newest C-17 Globemaster III to be delivered Oct. 28, 2009, at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C. Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner Jr., the commander of Air Force Reserve Command, accompanied by an all-Reserve crew from the 317th Airlift Squadron presented a ceremonial key to Col. Steven Chapman, the 315th Airlift Wing commander, on the flightline here, commemorating the Air Force receiving the 190th C-17 and the 58th aircraft at Charleston AFB. Sergeant Lang is a 317th Airlift Squadron loadmaster. (U.S. Air Force photo/Debra Baldwin)