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Arabian Gulf (Aug. 10, 2004)  The crew of Motor Vessel EDHA II are greeted by a coalition small boat crew as part of the crews repatriation to Iraq following the sinking of their ship. The EDHA II crew was rescued by the fast combat support ship USS Seattle (AOE 3) and received further care aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3). Belleau Wood is the flagship for Expeditionary Strike Group Three (ESG-3), which is preparing to relieve ESG-2 in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR). U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographers Mate Tom Daily
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Arabian Gulf (Aug. 10, 2004)  The crew of Motor Vessel EDHA II are greeted by a coalition small boat crew as part of the crews repatriation to Iraq following the sinking of their ship. The EDHA II crew was rescued by the fast combat support ship USS Seattle (AOE 3) and received further care aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Belleau Wood (LHA 3). Belleau Wood is the flagship for Expeditionary Strike Group Three (ESG-3), which is preparing to relieve ESG-2 in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR). U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographers Mate Tom Daily
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Arabian Gulf (July 29, 2004) - Sailors assigned to the mine countermeasure ship USS Dextrous (MCM 13) conduct small boat operations in the Arabian Gulf.  Dextrous is forward deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Michael Sandberg
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Arabian Gulf (July 24, 2004) - Sailors assigned to the conventionally powered aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) lower a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) during small boat operations. Kennedy and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Seventeen (CVW-17) are on deployment conducting missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Summer Pulse 2004. Summer Pulse is the deployment of seven carrier strike groups (CSGs), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat capability across the globe, in five theaters with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces, under its new Fleet Response Plan (FRP). U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 2nd Class Michael Sandberg  For more information go to: http://www.cffc.navy.mil/summerpulse04.htm
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Arabian Gulf (July 16, 2004) - USS John F Kennedy (CV 67) and the USS Vicksburg (CG 69) crew members take part in a small boat attack drill in the Arabian Gulf. The Kennedy Carrier Strike Group (CSG) and embarked Carrier Air Wing Seventeen (CVW-17) are taking part in missions supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom during her deployment supporting the Navy's new Fleet Response Plan (FRP) Summer Pulse 2004. Summer Pulse 2004 is the simultaneous deployment of seven carrier strike groups (CSGs), demonstrating the ability of the Navy to provide credible combat across the globe, in five theaters with other U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. Summer Pulse is the Navys first deployment under its new Fleet Response Plan (FRP).U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 3rd Class Joshua Karsten  For more information go to: www.cffc.navy.mil/summerpulse04.htm
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Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (May 28, 2004) - Quartermaster 1st Class Tony Sasser, assigned to Afloat Training Group, Middle Pacific (ATGMIDPAC), simulates a nine-meter Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) terrorist attack during an anti-terrorism exercise held off Ford Island near Pearl Harbor. The simulated terrorists demonstrated making high speed advances with fake weapons towards a ship. The exercises are part of an on going qualification process to prepare Pearl Harbor-based ships for deployments. ATGMIDPAC conducts small boat, wave runner and swimmer attack evolutions twice a month to help train for terrorist attacks. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist Seaman Ryan C. McGinley
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Puget Sound, Wash. (May 13, 2004) - The crew of a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) assigned to the guided missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) assist with mooring the ship to a buoy. Shoup transited along the coast of Washington to conduct a series of drills including man overboard, engineering casualty, small arms fire and mooring to a buoy. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Eli J. Medellin.
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Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (Apr. 17, 2004) - USS Boxer (LHD 4) well deck and deck department personnel help boat crews from 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, practice small boat departures and arrivals.  The amphibious assault ship recently completed off-loading Marine Corps aircraft and personnel in support of troop rotations in Iraq and is making its return transit to San Diego.  U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Amanda J. Stuart.
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Atlantic Ocean (Mar. 13, 2004) - A Sailor assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) tosses a forward line to Sailors aboard the fast-attack submarine USS Toledo (SSN 769) during a small boat transfer evolution using a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB). Roosevelt is part of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) and is currently taking part in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), which is an intermediate level training exercise, designed to forge ships in the Kennedy CSG into a cohesive fighting team. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 2nd Class Michael Sandberg.
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Atlantic Ocean (Mar. 13, 2004) - Signalman 2nd Class David Juarez, Search and Rescue (SAR) swimmer assigned to the guided missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), travels en route to the Los Angeles-Class attack submarine USS Toledo (SSN 769) to conduct a small boat transfer evolution using a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB). Roosevelt is part of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) and is currently taking part in a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), which is an intermediate level training exercise, designed to forge ships in the Kennedy CSG into a cohesive fighting team. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 2nd Class Michael Sandberg.
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Pacific Ocean (Oct. 3, 2003) -- A Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) is raised during a small-boat launch and recovery operation aboard USS Benfold (DDG 65).  The guided missile destroyer Benfold is operating off the coast of San Diego, Calif.  U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Bre' N. Cameron-Smith.
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Philippine Sea (Jun. 5, 2003) -- Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Patrick Stewart and Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Jeff Comer secure the forward steadying line while retrieving the rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) aboard the guided missile frigate USS Ingraham (FFG 61) after a completing a small boat training exercise.  The exercise is being conducted with the support of the guided missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) and the guided missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54).  The ships are part of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Strike Group conducting battle group operations in the Western Pacific Ocean.  U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Jeremie Kerns.
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Gulf of Aden (Dec. 9, 2002) -- The North Korean cargo vessel, So San, being stopped and boarded during maritime interception operations (MIO), conducted by two Spanish Navy ships, the Santa Maria-class Frigate Navarra (F-85) accompanied by the replenishment ship Patino (A-14).  When signaled to stop, So San attempted to evade capture, forcing Navarra to fire warning shots across its bow.  Spanish Special Forces troops then conducted a hostile boarding by helicopter and small boat.  The boarding team later found 15 disassembled Scud missiles concealed by bags of cement, bound for Yemen.  U.S. military experts deployed in the area were called in to further examine the cargo.  U.S. Intelligence sources had been tracking the vessel since it departed a North Korean port in mid-November.  Photo released by Spanish Defense Ministry.
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At Sea off the coast of Costa Rica (Sep. 17, 2002) -- Crewmembers from the U.S. Navy frigate USS McClusky (FFG 41) deploy one of the ships ridged hull inflatable boats (RHIB) to render assistance to 62-year-old Richard Van Pham, who was spotted adrift in his small sailboat by military aircraft conducting drug interdiction operations in the region. Van Pham was rescued by the U.S. Navy frigate USS McClusky (DDG 41), after being adrift at sea for 3 1/2 months.  Van Pham set out for a short trip between Long Beach, Calif., and Catalina Island, when high winds damaged his mast, disabling his boat.  U.S. Navy Photo
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At Sea off the coast of Costa Rica (Sep. 17, 2002) -- Crewmembers from the U.S. Navy frigate USS McClusky (FFG 41) deploy one of the ships ridged hull inflatable boats (RHIB) to render assistance to 62-year-old Richard Van Pham, who was spotted adrift in his small sailboat by military aircraft conducting drug interdiction operations in the region.  U.S. Navy Photo
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At sea aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) Aug. 28, 2002 -- Deck Department Sailors steer a breakaway course during small boat operations off the coast of the Republic of Korea.  Search and Rescue (SAR) and divisional tactical training were also performed during the training exercise. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Edward Holland.
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At sea aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) Aug. 28, 2002 -- Deck department Sailors conduct a line-abreast maneuver with three of the ship's small boats during scheduled operations in the Sea of Japan.  U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Edward Holland.
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Naval Station Rota, Spain (Aug. 1, 2002) -- One of three 20-foot small boats used by Inshore Boat 
Unit Two Seven (IBU-27) to patrol the stations harbor facility.  The unit is comprised entirely of U.S. Navy Reservists providing force protection to ships in port and anchored just off of the Spanish coast.  U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 3rd Class Amanda Hotz.
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Operation Enduring Freedom (Jan. 15, 2002)  -- The Smallboat Coxswain maneuvers a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) to the pilot's ladder to pick up the Vessel Boarding Search and Seizure (VBSS) team from aboard USS Lake Champlain (CG 57).  Maritime Interception Operations (MIO) are being conducted by the U.S. Navy in cooperation with coalition ships in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Greg Messier.
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(November 21st, 1997) Northern Persian Gulf. . . .A Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB), makes a pass by the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65). The ship, home ported in San Diego, California , is currently deployed with the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) battle group under the U.S. Navys Fifth Fleet.  Benfold is currently conducting Multinational Maritime Interception Operations as part of the UN sanctions against Iraq.  U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 2nd Class Rebecca Kearns  Digital Film Scan
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