Iwo Jima Continues Marine Warfare Certification


Story Number: NNS200324-04Release Date: 3/24/2020 9:46:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dominick Cremeans, USS Iwo Jima Public Affairs

ONSLOW BAY, North Carolina (NNS) -- The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) continued its Amphibious Marine Warfare (AMW) Certification by conducting Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) operations with 2nd Amphibian Assault Battalion Company A, 2nd Platoon and Headquarters Platoon, March 18.

An AMW Certification certifies the ship’s capability to receive and launch landing craft, air cushions, landing craft utilities, combat rubber raiding crafts and AAVs, all of which make Iwo Jima combat capable and mission ready.

“Controlling stations, such as well deck control, is essential for the success of any wet well operation, as they drive the operations and are a key component to communications,” said Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Michael Sacco, well deck control officer. “The tireless efforts of combat information center, combat cargo and deck department led to Iwo Jima’s recommendation for AMW certifications.”

Sailors and Marines can use this joint environment to effectively and efficiently collaborate and carry out the Navy and Marine Corps mission.

“Operations like these solidify the partnership that is needed to conduct successful ship to shore operations which is the overall mission of amphibious crafts in the Navy and Marine Corps as a whole,” said Marine 1st Lt. Hamilton Jones, executive officer of 2nd Amphibian Assault Battalion Company A, 2nd Platoon and Headquarters Platoon. “Doing exercises like this allow Marines to reintegrate with our naval roots. We often forget where we came from. It’s imperative that the blue and green side are able to communicate effectively, particularly, when it comes to navigation.”

Iwo Jima will continue to certify her capabilities for the next scheduled deployment.

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Marines assigned to 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion (2nd AABN), 2nd Marine Division based out of Camp Lejeune, N.C. approach the well deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), March 18, 2020.
200318-N-ZA795-2016 ONSLOW BAY, N.C. (March 18, 2020) Marines assigned to 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion (2nd AABN), 2nd Marine Division based out of Camp Lejeune, N.C. approach the well deck of the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), March 18, 2020. Iwo Jima and the 2nd AABN are conducting amphibious assault operations certification in the Atlantic Ocean. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Pedro A. Rodriguez/Released)
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