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Photo 110208-N-5538K-073
110208-N-5538K-073 SATTAHIP NAVAL BASE, Thailand (Feb. 8, 2011) A Marine assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) ties down sea bags during exercise Cobra Gold 2011. The 31st MEU and the Essex Amphibious Ready Group are participating in Exercise Cobra Gold 2011, a U.S. and Thailand sponsored multi-national exercise designed to improve interoperability between participating nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Casey H. Kyhl/Released)

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Photo 110206-N-6692A-140
110206-N-6692A-140 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb 06, 2011) The Amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) is underway in the western Pacific Ocean with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) and Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11. Essex is the lead ship of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Geronimo C. Aquino/Released)

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Photo 110205-N-9950J-104
110205-N-9950J-104 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Feb. 5, 2011) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Daniel Tesauro directs the landing of a CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopter aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group on patrol in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Greg Johnson/Released)

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Photo 110204-N-5538K-324
110204-N-5538K-324 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Feb. 4, 2011) Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) participate in physical training aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group on patrol in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Casey H. Kyhl/Released)

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Photo 110204-N-5538K-307
110204-N-5538K-307 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Feb. 4, 2011) Sailors and Marines stand in formation during an award ceremony aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD2). Essex is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group on patrol in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Casey H. Kyhl/Released)

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Photo 110204-N-5538K-240
110204-N-5538K-240 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Feb. 4, 2011) A Marine assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) fast ropes onto the port aircraft elevator of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group on patrol in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Casey H. Kyhl/Released)

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Photo 110204-N-5538K-078
110204-N-5538K-078 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Feb. 4, 2011) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Eric C. Haymes, assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), fast ropes onto the port aircraft elevator of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group on patrol in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Casey H. Kyhl/Released)

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Photo 110205-N-9950J-210
110205-N-9950J-210 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Feb. 5, 2011) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Daniel Tesauro directs a CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopter as it lifts off aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is underway in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Greg Johnson/Released)

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Photo 110203-N-5538K-248
110203-N-5538K-248 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Feb. 3, 2011) Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit practice land navigation techniques in the hangar bay of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is on patrol in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Casey H. Kyhl/Released)

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Photo 110203-N-5538K-154
110203-N-5538K-154 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Feb. 3, 2011) Lance Cpl. Doug Hale, assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, participates in small-arms weapons training in the hangar bay of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD2). Essex is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is on patrol in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Casey H. Kyhl/Released)

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Photo 110203-N-5538K-096
110203-N-5538K-096 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Feb. 3, 2011) Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit participate in small-arms weapons training in the hangar bay of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is on patrol in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Casey H. Kyhl/Released)

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Photo 110202-N-5538K-051
110202-N-5538K-051 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Feb. 2, 2011) Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Heath R. Johnson removes a grounding gear from an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 211 aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD2). Essex is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group on patrol in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Casey H. Kyhl/Released)

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Photo 110202-N-4743B-115
110202-N-4743B-115 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Feb. 2, 2011) Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), Maritime Raid Force, check their weapons during a call-away drill in the hangar bay of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group on patrol in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam M. Bennett/Released)

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Photo 110202-N-4743B-043
110202-N-4743B-043 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Feb. 2, 2011) Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), Maritime Raid Force, check their weapons during a call-away drill in the hangar bay of the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group on patrol in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam M. Bennett/Released)

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Photo 110202-N-5538K-097
110202-N-5538K-097 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Feb. 2, 2011) Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Jeremy J. New gives the okay signal as an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 211 takes off from the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD2). Essex is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group on patrol in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Casey H. Kyhl/Released)

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Photo 110201-N-4743B-345
110201-N-4743B-345 PHILIPPINE SEA (Feb. 1, 2011) An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Island Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 lands aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Essex is part of the forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group on patrol in the western Pacific Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Adam M. Bennett/Released)

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