Commander, Amphibious Squadron 8 Story Archive

USS New York Commemorates 9/11  (11 September 2014)
The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS New York (LPD 21) held a remembrance ceremony commemorating the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Diversity and Dedication: A Culinary Specialist's Experience in the U.S. Navy  (23 September 2014)
More than a decade ago, Jorge Vargas felt trapped. At 20, the Laredo, Texas native was still living at home with no more money to finish college and a job loading trailers of groceries. He needed a change.
Iwo Jima ARG and 24th MEU Complete ARG/MEU Exercise  (25 September 2014)
USS Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) arrived in Mayport, Florida, after completing a 23-day ARG/ Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise (ARG/MEU Ex) with the 24th MEU.
Pursuing Your Goals: A Russian-American Sailor's Experience  (17 October 2014)
Anton Lebed was a boy when the Berlin wall fell.
Back on the Beach  (3 November 2014)
USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) is currently participating in Exercise Bold Alligator 2014 (BA14), a multi-national amphibious exercise along the Eastern Seaboard, scheduled to take place Oct. 29-Nov. 10.
Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group Enters U.S. 5th Fleet  (11 January 2015)
The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (IWO ARG) with embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) transited the Suez Canal Jan. 10, 2015 entering the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO).
Tip of the Spear: The First Boots on the Beach  (5 February 2015)
When most of us picture an amphibious assault, we see waterborne craft loaded with Marines, trundling through the surf as bullets, bombs, and landmines thunder across the beach.
Iwo Jima Enjoys Grand Opening of "Black Sands Cafe"   (13 February 2015)
Sailors and Marines enjoyed fresh smoothies at the grand opening ceremony the "Black Sands Cafe" aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) last week.
USS New York: Praying for the 343 Firefighters of 9/11  (26 February 2015)
Tattoo, Tattoo, lights out in five minutes, stand by for the evening prayer.
Iwo Jima Hosts Amphibious Squadron 8 Change of Command Ceremony   (3 March 2015)
The staff of Commander, Amphibious Squadron (CPR) 8 held a change of command ceremony in the forecastle of the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) while underway in the Gulf of Aden, March 3.
USS Iwo Jima Visits Duqm, Oman  (8 April 2015)
The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) pulled out of port in Duqm, Oman after completing mid-deployment voyage repairs and maintenance aboard the ship.
Brothers In Arms  (21 April 2015)
Almost any Sailor or Marine aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) will admit that the hardest part of a deployment is being away from their family.
USS New York Sailors and Marines Participate in Memorial Day 'Murph'  (28 May 2015)
At the crack of dawn, more than 100 Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) kicked off Memorial Day by gathering on the New York's flight deck to participate in the "Hero Workout," known as the "Murph Challenge," May 24.
5th Fleet Commander Visits USS Iwo Jima  (22 June 2015)
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Vice Adm. John Miller paid a visit to the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), June 18.
Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group Departs U.S. 5th Fleet  (22 June 2015)
The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (IWOARG), with embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), departed U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO), June 21.

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