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ATLANTIC OCEAN Aug. 2, 2010

An AH-1Z Cobra helicopter assigned to Rotary Wing Aircraft Test Squadron (HX) 21, based in Patuxent River, Md., approaches the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). This upgraded version of the Cobra is not yet available to the fleet. The helicopter features a larger engine and has two more blades than the Cobra's original two, giving it more power and maneuverability. Wasp is conducting test flight operations and was chosen as the platform to evaluate the limits and capabilities of newer models of aircraft. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Rebekah Adler)

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ATLANTIC OCEAN Aug. 2, 2010

An AH-1Z Cobra helicopter assigned to Rotary Wing Aircraft Test Squadron (HX) 21, based in Patuxent River, Md., lands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). This upgraded version of the Cobra is not yet available to the fleet. The helicopter features a larger engine and has two more blades than the Cobra's original two, giving it more power and maneuverability. Wasp is conducting test flight operations and was chosen as the platform to evaluate the limits and capabilities of newer models of aircraft. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Rebekah Adler)

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PACIFIC OCEAN May 24,2010

Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Apprentice Micah Bogstadt, right, shadowed by Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Rodney Crowley, gives the signal for lift off to an AH-1Z Super Cobra aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Cleveland (LPD 7) during marine expeditionary amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz. Dawn Blitz 2010 is a Navy and Marine Corps training exercise to improve the planning and implementation of a brigade-size amphibious assault. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eli J. Medellin)

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GULF OF THAILAND Feb. 16, 2009

Landing signalmen enlisted Aviation Boatswains Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Kevin Bourne, from Brooklyn, NY assigned to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) signals an AH-1Z Super Cobra assigned to the air combat element of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) signals an AH-1Z Super Cobra Harpers Ferry and the 31st MEU are taking part in Exercise Cobra Gold, an annual Thailand and U.S. co-sponsored joint coalition multinational military exercise designed to train a Thai, U.S. and Singaporean Coalition Task Force. The exercise will also include humanitarian civic action projects with participating nations from Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and the U.S. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Matthew R. White)

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PACIFIC OCEAN Jan. 27, 2009

Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Jeffrey Baker, from Davenport, Iowa, directs the landing of an AH-1Z Super Cobra attack helicopter from the aviation combat element of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). The Super Cobra was just one of an entire arsenal of aircraft landed in preparation for the ship's spring patrol. Others included AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft, as well as CH-53E Sea Stallion, CH-46E Sea Knight and UH-1N Huey helicopters. Essex is the lead ship of the only forward-deployed U.S. Expeditionary Strike Group and serves as the flagship for CTF 76. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Greg Johnson)

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