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Naval Air Station (NAS) Joint Reserve Base (JRB) New Orleans, La. (Sept. 17, 2005) - Members of Naval Support Activity  (NSA) New Orleans' Small Boat Unit use utility boats capable of carrying 80 passengers to ferry personnel and supplies between NSA's east and west bank facilities across the Mississippi River.  After Hurricane Katrina passed over New Orleans, this unit was the only means of access to the support activities east bank facility.  The small boat unit spent hours after the storm dewatering and bringing their boats back on line, and began operations less than 24 hours after the storm passed, providing critical personnel and supplies to the east bank to ensure the security of the facility, home to Navy Reserve Forces Command, Marine Forces Reserve, and the Enlisted Placement Management Center. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographers Mate Michael J. Cole.
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Gulf of Mexico (Sept. 8, 2005) - Deck Department Sailors navigate a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) off the starboard-side of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) while participating in small boat training exercises off of the U.S. Gulf Coast. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Kristopher Wilson
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Gulf of Mexico (Sept. 8, 2005) - Deck Department Sailors aboard a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) make preparations to moor to the stern dock aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) while participating in small boat training exercises off of the U.S. Gulf Coast. The Navy's involvement in the Hurricane Katrina humanitarian assistance operations is led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in conjunction with the Department of Defense. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Kristopher Wilson
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New Orleans (Sept. 6, 2005) - Commanding Officer, USS Tortuga (LSD 46), Cmdr. Mark H. Scovill and Chaplain, Lt. Carl E. Trost, travel by a small inflatable rubber boat through a flooded New Orleans neighborhood as they offer assistance to survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Tortuga is currently moored at Naval Support Activity New Orleans in support of Hurricane Katrina humanitarian assistance operations. The Navy's involvement in the Hurricane Katrina humanitarian assistance operations is led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in conjunction with the Department of Defense. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Michael B. Watkins
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Seattle, Wash. (Aug. 4, 2005)  Sailors assigned to Mobile Security Squadron Three (MSS-3), Detachment 32, patrol the downtown Seattle waterfront as a visual deterrent to other small craft in the area where U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships participating in the Seattle Seafair are moored. The 55th annual Seafair events include a Torchlight Parade, Blue Angels show, amateur athletics, boat racing, along with U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ship tours. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Michael R. McCormick
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Surabaya, Indonesia (July 22, 2005)  U.S. Navy Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Christopher White, assigned to Mobile Security Squadron Seven (MSS-7), Detachment 72, left, signals to another rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) during a small boat tactics demonstration with the Indonesian Navy's Kopaska Pasukan Katak frogman in support of the Indonesia phase of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT). MSS-7 has worked with counterparts prior to each CARAT phase, sharing security techniques and procedures. CARAT is a regularly scheduled series of bilateral military training exercises with several Southeast Asia nations designed to enhance interoperability of the respective sea services. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Laura Heinkel
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White Beach, Okinawa (July 9, 2005)  A small boat assigned to the USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) heads toward White Beach to act as a safety boat for Armored Amphibious Vehicles (AAV) assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) as they approach the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship. Harpers Ferry is conducting Amphibious Specialty Training (AST) with a variety of amphibious craft to stay qualified for well deck operations. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class Brian P. Biller
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Coral Sea (June 22, 2005) - Deck department Sailors assigned to the guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63) tend lines while retrieving a rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) after conducting small boat exercises. Cowpens is accompanying the conventionally-powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and other ships of the Kitty Hawk Carrier Strike Group, as part of Exercise Talisman Saber 2005. Talisman Sabre is an exercise jointly sponsored by the U.S. Pacific Command and Australian Defense Force Joint Operations Command, and designed to train the U.S. Seventh Fleet commander's staff and Australian Joint Operations staff as a designated Combined Task Force (CTF) headquarters. The exercise focuses on crisis action planning and execution of contingency response operations. U.S. Pacific Command units and Australian forces will conduct land, sea and air training throughout the training area. More than 11,000 U.S. and 6,000 Australian personnel will participate. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Bo Flannigan
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Coral Sea (June 13, 2005) - Boat crews assigned to the amphibious command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) operate Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIB) and the commander, 7th Fleet barge during small boat operations, during joint exercise Talisman Saber 2005. Talisman Sabre is an exercise jointly sponsored by the U.S. Pacific Command and Australian Defense Force Joint Operations Command, and designed to train the U.S. 7th Fleet commander's staff and Australian Joint Operations staff as a designated Combined Task Force (CTF) headquarters. The exercise focuses on crisis action planning and execution of contingency response operations. U.S. Pacific Command units and Australian forces will conduct land, sea and air training throughout the training area. More than 11,000 U.S. and 6,000 Australian personnel will participate. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Chantel M. Clayton
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Gulf of Aden (April 29, 2005)  A rigid hull inflatable boat carry survivors rescued from the Gulf of Aden to the coastal patrol ship USS Firebolt (PC 10) after their small vessel capsized 25 miles off the coast of Somalia. Eighty-nine people survived the incident, with 5 pronounced dead on the scene. U.S. Navy guided missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60), coastal patrol ship USS Typhoon (PC 5) and German frigate FGS Karlsruhe (F 212) are also assisting in the rescue effort. U.S. Navy photo
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Persian Gulf (Feb. 8, 2005)  Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) conduct small boat drills in a Rigid-Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) while on station in the Persian Gulf. Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) is embarked aboard Truman and is providing close air support and conducting intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance over Iraq. The Truman Carrier Strike Group is on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Rome J Toledo
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Persian Gulf (Feb. 8, 2005)  Sailors assigned to the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) conduct small boat drills in a Rigid-Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) while on station in the Persian Gulf. Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) is embarked aboard Truman and is providing close air support and conducting intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance over Iraq. The Truman Carrier Strike Group is on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Rome J Toledo
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Portsmouth, Va. (Jan. 25, 2005) - A Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) assigned to Mobile Security Detachment Two Four (MSD-24) performs an evasive maneuver while acting as an oppositional force during a small boat attack drill in Portsmouth, Va. The drill was part of the MSD-24 final evaluation problem (FEP) in preparation for an upcoming deployment. MSD-24 is a new unit created to defend U.S. Coastal assets at home and abroad. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 2nd Class Robert M. Schalk
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Portsmouth, Va. (Jan. 25, 2005) - A Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) assigned to Mobile Security Detachment Two Four (MSD-24) performs an evasive maneuver while acting as an oppositional force during a small boat attack drill in Portsmouth, Va. The drill was part of the MSD-24 final evaluation problem (FEP) in preparation for an upcoming deployment. MSD-24 is a new unit created to defend U.S. Coastal assets at home and abroad. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 2nd Class Robert M. Schalk
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Portsmouth, Va. (Jan. 25, 2005) - A Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) assigned to Mobile Security Detachment Two Four (MSD-24) patrol around the Military Sealift Command replenishment oiler USNS Kanawha (T-AO 196) during a small boat attack drill in Portsmouth, Va. The drill was part of the MSD-24 final evaluation problem (FEP) in preparation for an upcoming deployment. MSD-24 is a new unit created to defend U.S. Coastal assets at home and abroad. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 2nd Class Robert M. Schalk
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Portsmouth, Va. (Jan. 25, 2005) - A Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) assigned to Mobile Security Detachment Two Four (MSD-24) patrols for a possible small boat attack during a final evaluation problem (FEP) exercise in preparation for an upcoming deployment. MSD-24 is a new unit created to defend U.S. Coastal assets at home and abroad. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 2nd Class Robert M. Schalk
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Persian Gulf (Dec. 28, 2004) - Sailors of the Deck Department aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), maneuver a Rigid Hull Infatable Boat (RHIB) during a small craft drill. Currently, aircraft from Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) embarked aboard Truman are providing close air support and conducting Intelligence, Surveillance and reconnaissance missions in ongoing operations over Iraq. Truman Carrier Strike Group and CVW-3 are currently on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate Airman Rome J Toledo
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Pacific Ocean (Dec. 13 2004)  U.S. Navy Seals speed past the port side of the guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) in a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB), while conducting small boat operations. Shiloh is currently deployed to the Western Pacific Ocean with the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 3rd Class Benjamin Glass
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Arabian Gulf (Oct. 30, 2004) - A Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) team aboard a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) returns to the guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg (CG 69), after completing a Maritime Interception Operation (MIO) of a small wooden dhow. Vicksburg is part of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Carrier Strike Group and is currently on a regularly scheduled deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Michael Sandberg
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Northern Arabian Gulf (Sept. 15, 2004)  A small boat attached to the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) approaches the ships stern gate. Harpers Ferry is currently operating in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) delivering food and transporting personnel to oil terminals in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Harpers Ferry is part of the world's only forward deployed amphibious assault group. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class Brian P. Biller
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