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Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Paul Clarke, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), signals an AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 (Reinforced) to lift off from the flight deck.
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CELEBES SEA (Jan. 2, 2018) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Paul Clarke, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), signals an AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 161 (Reinforced) to lift off from the flight deck. America, part of the America Amphibious Ready Group, with embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is operating in the Indo-Asia Pacific region to strengthen partnerships and serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Vance Hand/Released)

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