Twenty-Six Ships From U.S. Navy And Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Together After Exercise Keen Sword 2013

EAST CHINA SEA (Nov. 16, 2012) Twenty-six ships from the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force are underway together after the conclusion of exercise Keen Sword 2013. Keen Sword 2013 is a biannual exercise held in order to enable the U.S. and Japan to train in coordination procedures and heighten interoperability needed to effectively defend or respond to a crisis in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jennifer A. Villalovos.

Chinook Scenario

Members of Air Force Special Operations weather teams participate in a training scenario on a CH-47 Chinook during Emerald Warrior at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 7, 2012. The primary purpose of Emerald Warrior is to exercise special operations components in urban and irregular warfare settings to support combatant commanders in theater campaigns. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Clay Lancaster.

Night Raid Recovery

U.S. Marines recover at the stern gate of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga after a night exercise in a combat rubber raiding craft under way in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility, March 1, 2012. The Marines are assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric Crosby

Winter Quick Shot 2012

U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jesse Awalt, assigned to Combat Camera Group Pacific, fires an M4 carbine during a field training exercise at Winter Quick Shot 2012 in Azusa, Calif., Feb. 16, 2012. Quick Shot is a semi-annual field exercise designed to train combat camera personnel to operate in a combat environment. DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan David Chandler, U.S. Navy.

Three-Day Project To Build Bridge

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Feb. 13, 2012) Seabees assigned to the Bridge Detachment of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 and Marines from the 8th Engineer Support Battalion Bridge Company assemble a medium girder bridge during a joint training exercise at Camp LeJeune, N.C. The Seabees and Marines worked together for the first time during the three-day project to build the bridge over a 107-foot gap. The joint training capitalized on Bold Alligator 2012, the largest amphibious exercise in 10 years. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Scott B. Boyle

Peleliu Launches Landing Craft Utility For Iron Fist 2012

SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2012) The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) launches Landing Craft Utility (LCU) 1635 off the coast of San Clemente Island for the beach assault phase of exercise Iron Fist 2012. The bilateral training exercise between U.S. Marines and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force is designed to increase interoperability and amphibious capabilities. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jeremy L. Wood.

Cobra Gold 2012

U.S. Marines, assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, land amphibious assault vehicles aboard Hat Klad beach during a mechanized raid on AAV Camp, Thailand, Feb. 11, 2011. The Marines are conducting the raid as part of the multilateral training exercise Cobra Gold 2012. Cobra Gold 2012 demonstrates the resolve of the U.S. and participating nations to increase interoperability and promote security and peace throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The 31st MEU is the United States' expeditionary force in readiness in the region. Photo by Lance Cpl. Patrick J. McMahon.

Flying Over The Desert

Capts. Thor Boland, Mike Broderick and Brandon Lavalley return from the Nevada Test and Training Range on day three of Red Flag 12-2, Jan. 25, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Coalition partners from South Korea and Saudi Arabia participated in the joint training exercise that's been around since 1975. The pilots are assigned to the 4th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sergeant Benjamin Bloker.

Marines Board Helicopter In Exercise Iron Fist 2012

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 6, 2012) Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU) board a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter during flight quarters aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5). Peleliu is participating in Exercise Iron Fist 2012. Iron Fist is a training exercise between U.S. Marines and the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force designed to increase interoperability and amphibious capabilities throughout U.S. 3rd and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell.

Amphibious Exercise Bold Alligator 2012

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 1, 2012) A landing craft air cushion prepares to enter the welldeck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) during Bold Alligator 2012. Bold Alligator 2012 is the largest naval amphibious exercise in the past 10 years and represents the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. The exercise focuses on today's fight with today's forces, while showcasing the advantages of sea basing. This exercise will take place Jan. 30 through Feb. 12, 2012 afloat and ashore in and around Virginia and North Carolina. #BA12 U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jesse Monford.

Exercise Bold Alligator 2012

A landing craft, air cushion from Assault Craft Unit 4, enters the well deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp during exercise Bold Alligator. Exercise Bold Alligator 2012, the largest naval amphibious exercise in 10 years represents the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. The exercise focuses on today's fight with today's forces while showcasing the advantages of sea-basing. The exercise takes place Jan. 30 – Feb. 12, 2012, afloat and ashore in and around Virginia and North Carolina. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew M. Rivard.

Combined Arms Live-Fire Exercise Near Fort Stewart

Rangers rappel out the back of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter while participating in a combined arms live-fire exercise near Fort Stewart, Ga., on Jan. 10, 2012. The Rangers are assigned to the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. The exercise is conducted to evaluate and train members on de-escalation of force, reactions to enemy contact and other objectives that prepare them for forward operations. DoD photo by Staff Sgt Clay Lancaster, U.S. Air Force.

Machine Gun Practice Fire Exercise

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 11, 2012) Sonar Technician Surface 2nd Class Gareth Erasmus fires the Mk 38 25mm machine gun aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) during a practice fire exercise. Porter is part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group and is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jesse L. Gonzalez.

Realistic Urban Training

Lance Cpl. Nicholas Verdisco, with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron VMM-261 (Reinforced), 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, directs an MV-22 Osprey to move right before takeoff, here, Jan. 14, 2012. The Marines refueled the aircraft to support a simulated airfield seizure at Farmville Municipal Airport, which is part of Realistic Urban Training exercise scheduled Jan. 5-20. RUT focuses on conducting off-base missions near the town of Farmville, Va., to prepare for the various operations they may conduct during their upcoming deployment. Photo by Sgt. Richard Blumenstein.

Live-Fire Shore Bombardment Exercise

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 12, 2012) The guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) fires the Mk-45 5-inch/62 caliber lightweight gun during a live-fire shore bombardment exercise. James E. Williams is part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, which is underway conducting a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX). U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel J. Meshel.

Marines And Sailors In Live-Fire Exercise

MURAI, Singapore (Dec. 19, 2011) Marines and sailors assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) participate in a live-fire exercise. The 11th MEU is operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Elyssa Quesada.

Inside A Mobile Fire Training Simulator

SILVERDALE, Wash. (Dec. 16, 2011) Navy Region Northwest Fire and Emergency Services Team firefighters conduct a live-fire training exercise inside a mobile fire training simulator at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor. The mobile simulator is utilized throughout the Northwest region to assist Northwest fire departments and their mutual aid counterparts in meeting annual training requirements. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Lawrence Davis.

Team Building Exercise

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ed Nooning, lower right, and Master Sgt. Josh Devine, lower left, both security policemen with the 123rd Security Force Squadron, help Tech. Sgt. Jesse Smith, above, over an obstacle during a team building exercise on the Junior ROTC obstacle course at Southern High School in Louisville, Ky., Dec. 10, 2011, as part of the Kentucky Air National Guard Wingman Day. DoD photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck, U.S. Air Force.

Flock Of Falcons

F-16 Fighting Falcons from both the 8th and 419th Fighter Wings demonstrate an “elephant walk” formation as they taxi down a runway during an exercise Dec. 2, 2011, at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. The exercise showcased Kunsan AB aircrews' capability to quickly and safely prepare an aircraft for a wartime mission. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rasheen Douglas.

No Mountain’s Too High

A formation of C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft fly in formation as they return to Yokota Air Base, Japan, from a training mission near Mt. Fuji, Japan, Nov. 2, 2011. Aircrew from the 36th Airlift Squadron participated in Samurai Surge, an all-day training exercise testing mission capability of many agencies throughout the Yokota AB. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Raymond Geoffroy.