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AV-8B Harrier

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ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 13, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Lucy Pizarro signals as an AV-8B Harrier takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is underway conducting sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Travis DiPerna/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 13, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Lucy Pizarro signals as an AV-8B Harrier takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is underway conducting sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Travis DiPerna/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 13, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Lucy Pizarro signals as an AV-8B Harrier takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is underway conducting sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Travis DiPerna/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Aug. 13, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Lucy Pizarro signals as an AV-8B Harrier takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is underway conducting sea trials. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Travis DiPerna/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (May 1, 2014) An AV-8B Harrier lands on the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). Bataan is the flagship for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mark Hays/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (May 1, 2014) An AV-8B Harrier lands on the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). Bataan is the flagship for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mark Hays/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (April 23, 2014) A group of AV-8B Harrier II's fly over the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13 MEU), is returning to homeport at San Diego from an eight-month deployment to the western Pacific and the U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenan O'Connor/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (April 23, 2014) A group of AV-8B Harrier II's fly over the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13 MEU), is returning to homeport at San Diego from an eight-month deployment to the western Pacific and the U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenan O'Connor/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (April 23, 2014) An AV-8B Harrier II takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13TH MEU), is returning to homeport at San Diego from an eight-month deployment to the western Pacific and the U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenan O'Connor/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (April 23, 2014) An AV-8B Harrier II takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13TH MEU), is returning to homeport at San Diego from an eight-month deployment to the western Pacific and the U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenan O'Connor/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (April 19, 2014) An AV-8B Harrier takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). Bataan is the flagship for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erik Foster/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (April 19, 2014) An AV-8B Harrier takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). Bataan is the flagship for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erik Foster/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (April 19, 2014) Marine plane captains inspect their AV-8B Harriers on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). Bataan is the flagship for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erik Foster/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (April 19, 2014) Marine plane captains inspect their AV-8B Harriers on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). Bataan is the flagship for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Erik Foster/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (April 5, 2014) An AV-8B Harrier takes off from the flight deck of USS Bataan (LHD 5) for a training exercise. Bataan is the flagship for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Aaron T. Kiser/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (April 5, 2014) An AV-8B Harrier takes off from the flight deck of USS Bataan (LHD 5) for a training exercise. Bataan is the flagship for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Aaron T. Kiser/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (March 27, 2014) Sailors and Marines move an AV-8B Harrier from Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 211 into position during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5). Peleliu is conducting flight deck certification following completion of a seven-month maintenance availability in preparation for a future deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Viramontes/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (March 27, 2014) Sailors and Marines move an AV-8B Harrier from Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 211 into position during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5). Peleliu is conducting flight deck certification following completion of a seven-month maintenance availability in preparation for a future deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Viramontes/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (March 27, 2014) A Sailor directs an AV-8B Harrier from Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 211 during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5). Peleliu is conducting flight deck certification following completion of a seven-month maintenance availability in preparation for a future deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Viramontes/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (March 27, 2014) A Sailor directs an AV-8B Harrier from Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 211 during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5). Peleliu is conducting flight deck certification following completion of a seven-month maintenance availability in preparation for a future deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Viramontes/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 8, 2014) AV-8B Harriers II fly by the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is the flagship for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mayra A. Knight/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 8, 2014) AV-8B Harriers II fly by the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is the flagship for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mayra A. Knight/Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (March 7, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Paula Diaz, from Ellsworth, Pa., directs an AV- 8B Harrier on the flight deck aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). The Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations, providing crisis response capability and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mark Hays/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (March 7, 2014) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Paula Diaz, from Ellsworth, Pa., directs an AV- 8B Harrier on the flight deck aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). The Bataan Amphibious Readiness Group is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations, providing crisis response capability and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mark Hays/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 6, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier II lands on the flight deck during night operations aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). Bataan Sailors are underway with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) Marines for Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), designed to present the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group with scenarios seen on deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Nicholas F. Cottone/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 6, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier II lands on the flight deck during night operations aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). Bataan Sailors are underway with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) Marines for Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), designed to present the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group with scenarios seen on deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Nicholas F. Cottone/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Nov. 25, 2013) Cpl. Kendall Mawyer, from Waynesboro, Va., performs an airframe inspection on part of an AV-8B Harrier II aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is the flagship for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Veronica Mammina/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (Nov. 25, 2013) Cpl. Kendall Mawyer, from Waynesboro, Va., performs an airframe inspection on part of an AV-8B Harrier II aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is the flagship for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Veronica Mammina/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Nov. 13, 2013) Cpl. Christophe Gonoz conducts post flight maintenance checks on an AV-8B Harrier II aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is the flagship for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Michael Schwartz/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (Nov. 13, 2013) Cpl. Christophe Gonoz conducts post flight maintenance checks on an AV-8B Harrier II aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is the flagship for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Michael Schwartz/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Nov. 16, 2013) Cpl. Jesus Monroy, left, from Long Beach, Ca., and Cpl. Herbert Cosio, from Barstow, Ca.,  attached to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) inspect an engine of an AV-8B Harrier II aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is the flagship for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th MEU, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Veronica Mammina/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (Nov. 16, 2013) Cpl. Jesus Monroy, left, from Long Beach, Ca., and Cpl. Herbert Cosio, from Barstow, Ca., attached to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) inspect an engine of an AV-8B Harrier II aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is the flagship for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th MEU, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Veronica Mammina/Released)

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Nov. 1, 2013) AV-8B Harriers assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), prepare to takeoff from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). The 26th MEU finished an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group serving as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious operations across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Nov. 1, 2013) AV-8B Harriers assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), prepare to takeoff from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). The 26th MEU finished an eight-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group serving as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious operations across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 29, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Tration Humphrey, from Sacramento, Calif., directs an AV-8B Harrier aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). Sailors from the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and Marines assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are participating in Amphibious Ready Group and Marine Expeditionary Unit exercises. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Michael J. Lieberknecht/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Oct. 29, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Tration Humphrey, from Sacramento, Calif., directs an AV-8B Harrier aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). Sailors from the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and Marines assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) are participating in Amphibious Ready Group and Marine Expeditionary Unit exercises. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Michael J. Lieberknecht/Released)

ARABIAN SEA (Oct. 20, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier II sits on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is the flagship for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Michael Schwartz/Released)
ARABIAN SEA (Oct. 20, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier II sits on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is the flagship for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Michael Schwartz/Released)

INDIAN OCEAN (Oct. 11, 2013) A Marine assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) inspects an AV-8B Harrier II during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert R. Sanchez/Released)
INDIAN OCEAN (Oct. 11, 2013) A Marine assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) inspects an AV-8B Harrier II during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Robert R. Sanchez/Released)

U.S. 5th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Sept. 24, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). The 26th MEU is deployed aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group serving as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious operations across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone/Released)
U.S. 5th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Sept. 24, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). The 26th MEU is deployed aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group serving as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious operations across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher Q. Stone/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 24, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier II takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mayra A. Knight/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 24, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier II takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mayra A. Knight/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 23, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handler) Airman Cassandra Hernandez signals Capt. C. A.
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 23, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handler) Airman Cassandra Hernandez signals Capt. C. A. "Turtle" Tchinski in his AV-8B Harrier before take-off aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). Bataan is underway conducting routine qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Nicholas Frank Cottone/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 11, 2013) Sailors and Marines move an AV-8B Harrier II aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation security efforts as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenan O'Connor/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 11, 2013) Sailors and Marines move an AV-8B Harrier II aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation security efforts as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenan O'Connor/Released)

<p>PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 4, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier prepares for landing during flight operations with the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is underway for a deployment as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, comprised of Boxer, the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Veronica Mammina/Released)</p>

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 4, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier prepares for landing during flight operations with the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is underway for a deployment as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, comprised of Boxer, the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Veronica Mammina/Released)


PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 4, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier II takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is underway as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, comprised of Boxer, the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenan O'Connor/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 4, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier II takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is underway as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, comprised of Boxer, the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenan O'Connor/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 4, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier II takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).  Boxer is underway as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, comprised of Boxer, the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenan O'Connor/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 4, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier II takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is underway as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, comprised of Boxer, the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18), the amphibious dock landing ship USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenan O'Connor/Released)

GULF OF ADEN (Aug. 15, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Hunter S. Harwell/Released)
GULF OF ADEN (Aug. 15, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Hunter S. Harwell/Released)

GULF OF ADEN (Aug. 15, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Lucy Pizarro signals as an AV-8B Harrier takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Vargas/Released)
GULF OF ADEN (Aug. 15, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Lucy Pizarro signals as an AV-8B Harrier takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Vargas/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 5, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) Seaman Mike Tober fuels an AV-8B Harrier II on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is underway off the coast of Southern California completing a certification exercise (CERTEX). CERTEX is the final evaluation of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) and Boxer ARG prior to deployment and is intended to certify their readiness to conduct integrated missions across the full spectrum of military operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joe Bishop/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 5, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) Seaman Mike Tober fuels an AV-8B Harrier II on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is underway off the coast of Southern California completing a certification exercise (CERTEX). CERTEX is the final evaluation of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) and Boxer ARG prior to deployment and is intended to certify their readiness to conduct integrated missions across the full spectrum of military operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joe Bishop/Released)

CORAL SEA (Aug. 4, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Jawara Lockett signals the pilot of an AV-8B Harrier from the Black Sheep of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 that he is cleared for launch from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is the flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is currently conducting routine joint force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III/Released)
CORAL SEA (Aug. 4, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Jawara Lockett signals the pilot of an AV-8B Harrier from the Black Sheep of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 that he is cleared for launch from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is the flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is currently conducting routine joint force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 2, 2013) Marines assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) attach a Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) to an AV-8B Harrier II aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is underway off the coast of Southern California completing a certification exercise (CERTEX). CERTEX is the final evaluation of the 13th MEU and Boxer ARG prior to deployment and is intended to certify their readiness to conduct integrated missions across the full spectrum of military operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Veronica Mammina/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 2, 2013) Marines assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) attach a Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) to an AV-8B Harrier II aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is underway off the coast of Southern California completing a certification exercise (CERTEX). CERTEX is the final evaluation of the 13th MEU and Boxer ARG prior to deployment and is intended to certify their readiness to conduct integrated missions across the full spectrum of military operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Veronica Mammina/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 2, 2013) Marines assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) attach a Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) to an AV-8B Harrier II aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is underway off the coast of Southern California completing a certification exercise (CERTEX). CERTEX is the final evaluation of the 13th MEU and Boxer ARG prior to deployment and is intended to certify their readiness to conduct integrated missions across the full spectrum of military operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Veronica Mammina/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 2, 2013) Marines assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) attach a Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) to an AV-8B Harrier II aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is underway off the coast of Southern California completing a certification exercise (CERTEX). CERTEX is the final evaluation of the 13th MEU and Boxer ARG prior to deployment and is intended to certify their readiness to conduct integrated missions across the full spectrum of military operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Veronica Mammina/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 2, 2013) Cpl. Tony Hernandez, assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU), explains the procedure of attaching a Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) to an AV-8B Harrier II aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is underway off the coast of Southern California completing a certification exercise (CERTEX). CERTEX is the final evaluation of the 13th MEU and Boxer ARG prior to deployment and is intended to certify their readiness to conduct integrated missions across the full spectrum of military operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Veronica Mammina/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 2, 2013) Cpl. Tony Hernandez, assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU), explains the procedure of attaching a Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) to an AV-8B Harrier II aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) is underway off the coast of Southern California completing a certification exercise (CERTEX). CERTEX is the final evaluation of the 13th MEU and Boxer ARG prior to deployment and is intended to certify their readiness to conduct integrated missions across the full spectrum of military operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Veronica Mammina/Released)

CORAL SEA (August 01, 2013) Marines assigned to the Black Sheep of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 attach wings to an AV-8B Harrier aircraft aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is the flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), is participating in Talisman Saber 2013, a biennial exercise that enhances multilateral collaboration between U.S. and Australian forces for future combined operations, humanitarian assistance and natural disaster response. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Jerome D. Johnson/Released)
CORAL SEA (August 01, 2013) Marines assigned to the Black Sheep of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 attach wings to an AV-8B Harrier aircraft aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is the flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), is participating in Talisman Saber 2013, a biennial exercise that enhances multilateral collaboration between U.S. and Australian forces for future combined operations, humanitarian assistance and natural disaster response. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Jerome D. Johnson/Released)

CORAL SEA (July 31, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to the Black Sheep of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 launches from the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is the flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), is participating in Talisman Saber 2013, a biennial exercise that enhances multilateral collaboration between U.S. and Australian forces for future combined operations, humanitarian assistance and natural disaster response. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew B. Church/Released)
CORAL SEA (July 31, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to the Black Sheep of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 launches from the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is the flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), is participating in Talisman Saber 2013, a biennial exercise that enhances multilateral collaboration between U.S. and Australian forces for future combined operations, humanitarian assistance and natural disaster response. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Andrew B. Church/Released)

CORAL SEA (July 29, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier attached to the Blacksheep of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 launches from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is the flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), is participating in Talisman Saber 2013, a biennial exercise that enhances multilateral collaboration between U.S. and Australian forces for future combined operations, humanitarian assistance and natural disaster response. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III/Released)
CORAL SEA (July 29, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier attached to the Blacksheep of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 launches from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is the flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), is participating in Talisman Saber 2013, a biennial exercise that enhances multilateral collaboration between U.S. and Australian forces for future combined operations, humanitarian assistance and natural disaster response. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 27, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Jarrel Bullock launches an AV-8B II Harrier, assigned to The Great American Bulldogs of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 223, off the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). Wasp is underway conducting regularly scheduled training evolutions. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael T. Forbes II/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 27, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Jarrel Bullock launches an AV-8B II Harrier, assigned to The Great American Bulldogs of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 223, off the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). Wasp is underway conducting regularly scheduled training evolutions. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michael T. Forbes II/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 25, 2013) Cpl. Steven Robinson, assigned to The Great America Bulldogs of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 223, demonstrates how to perform maintenance on an AV-8B II Harrier while Midshipmen 3rd Class Anthony Mayes and Midshipmen 3rd Class Eric Oliver observe in the hangar bay of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). Wasp is underway conducting regularly scheduled training evolutions. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gretchen Albrecht/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 25, 2013) Cpl. Steven Robinson, assigned to The Great America Bulldogs of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 223, demonstrates how to perform maintenance on an AV-8B II Harrier while Midshipmen 3rd Class Anthony Mayes and Midshipmen 3rd Class Eric Oliver observe in the hangar bay of the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). Wasp is underway conducting regularly scheduled training evolutions. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gretchen Albrecht/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 23, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Jennifer Warnhoff signals an AV-8B II Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 223 to turn for a hot-seat refuel aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). Wasp is underway conducting regularly scheduled training evolutions. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Caleb Cooper/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (July 23, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Jennifer Warnhoff signals an AV-8B II Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 223 to turn for a hot-seat refuel aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). Wasp is underway conducting regularly scheduled training evolutions. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Caleb Cooper/Released)

CORAL SEA (July 16, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Eldeen Ebanks signals to the pilot of an AV-8B Harrier that he is cleared for launch from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is participating in exercise Talisman Saber in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III/Released)
CORAL SEA (July 16, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Eldeen Ebanks signals to the pilot of an AV-8B Harrier that he is cleared for launch from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is participating in exercise Talisman Saber in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III/Released)

RED SEA (July 13, 2013) A U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier pilot assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), prepares to take off from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). The 26th MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group serving as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious operations across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels/Released)
RED SEA (July 13, 2013) A U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier pilot assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), prepares to take off from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). The 26th MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group serving as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious operations across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels/Released)

RED SEA (July 13, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) lands on the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). The 26th MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group serving as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious operations across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels/Released)
RED SEA (July 13, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) lands on the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). The 26th MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group serving as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious operations across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels/Released)

RED SEA (July 13, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). The 26th MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group serving as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious operations across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels/Released)
RED SEA (July 13, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). The 26th MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group serving as a sea-based, expeditionary crisis response force capable of conducting amphibious operations across the full range of military operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels/Released)

PHILLIPINE SEA (JULY 1, 2013) Cpl. Charles Gazaway, assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214, applies tape before painting stars on the vertical tail fin of an AV-8B Harrier aircraft in memory of the squadron's original 12 pilots in the hangar bay of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is the flagship for the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 31st Marine expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), is conducting routine joint-force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III/Released)
PHILLIPINE SEA (JULY 1, 2013) Cpl. Charles Gazaway, assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214, applies tape before painting stars on the vertical tail fin of an AV-8B Harrier aircraft in memory of the squadron's original 12 pilots in the hangar bay of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is the flagship for the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 31st Marine expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), is conducting routine joint-force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III/Released)

PHILLIPPINE SEA (July 1, 2013) Lt. Keith King directs an AV-8B Harrier aircraft on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is the flagship for the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 31st Marine expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), is conducting routine joint-force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III/Released)
PHILLIPPINE SEA (July 1, 2013) Lt. Keith King directs an AV-8B Harrier aircraft on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is the flagship for the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 31st Marine expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), is conducting routine joint-force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III/Released)

RED SEA (June 29, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 lands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Abraham Essenmacher/Released)
RED SEA (June 29, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 lands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Abraham Essenmacher/Released)

RED SEA (June 29, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Cody Cozart signals to an AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 during take off from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit(26th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Abraham Essenmacher/Released)
RED SEA (June 29, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Cody Cozart signals to an AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 during take off from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit(26th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Abraham Essenmacher/Released)

RED SEA (June 27, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Abraham Essenmacher/Released)
RED SEA (June 27, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Abraham Essenmacher/Released)

EAST CHINA SEA (June 26, 2013) Cpl. Ben Hudson, assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), climbs off the wing of an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft after moving it aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is conducting routine joint-force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III/Released)
EAST CHINA SEA (June 26, 2013) Cpl. Ben Hudson, assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), climbs off the wing of an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft after moving it aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is conducting routine joint-force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III/Released)

EAST CHINA SEA (June 26, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Vincent Milone moves an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft in the hangar bay of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group is conducting joint force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Achterling/Released)
EAST CHINA SEA (June 26, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Vincent Milone moves an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft in the hangar bay of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group is conducting joint force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Achterling/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 25, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 223 lands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). Wasp is conducting flight deck qualifications in preparation for joint strike fighter developmental testing. (U.S. Navy photo by Midshipman 3rd Class Alexandria Segovia/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 25, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 223 lands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). Wasp is conducting flight deck qualifications in preparation for joint strike fighter developmental testing. (U.S. Navy photo by Midshipman 3rd Class Alexandria Segovia/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 24, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Lavon Green holds a tote board up to the pilot of an AV-8B Harrier jet assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 223 aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). Wasp is conducting flight deck qualifications in preparation for joint strike fighter developmental testing. (U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gretchen Albrecht/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (June 24, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Lavon Green holds a tote board up to the pilot of an AV-8B Harrier jet assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 223 aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). Wasp is conducting flight deck qualifications in preparation for joint strike fighter developmental testing. (U.S Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gretchen Albrecht/Released)

EAST CHINA SEA (June 21, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft takes off from the flight deck of the forward deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group is conducting joint-force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III/Released)
EAST CHINA SEA (June 21, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft takes off from the flight deck of the forward deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group is conducting joint-force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III/Released)

EAST CHINA SEA (June 20, 2013) Maj. Gregory Boyington salutes the landing signalman from his AV-8B Harrier before taking off from the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group is conducting scheduled joint-force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III/Released)
EAST CHINA SEA (June 20, 2013) Maj. Gregory Boyington salutes the landing signalman from his AV-8B Harrier before taking off from the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group is conducting scheduled joint-force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III/Released)

EAST CHINA SEA (June 19, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 513 lands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group is conducting joint force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Achterling/Released)
EAST CHINA SEA (June 19, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 513 lands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group is conducting joint force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Achterling/Released)

EAST CHINA SEA (JUNE 19, 2013) Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) shield their faces from jet exhaust as an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 513 lands on the ship's flight deck. The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group is conducting joint force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III/Released)
EAST CHINA SEA (JUNE 19, 2013) Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) shield their faces from jet exhaust as an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 513 lands on the ship's flight deck. The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group is conducting joint force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III/Released)

EAST CHINA SEA (JUNE 19, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 513 lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group is conducting joint force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III/Released)
EAST CHINA SEA (JUNE 19, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 513 lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group is conducting joint force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 14, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to the air combat element of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) performs a vertical landing on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is conducting amphibious squadron and marine expeditionary unit integrated training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mark El-Rayes/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 14, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to the air combat element of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) performs a vertical landing on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is conducting amphibious squadron and marine expeditionary unit integrated training. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mark El-Rayes/Released)

EAST CHINA SEA (JUNE 19, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 513 lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group is conducting joint force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III/Released)
EAST CHINA SEA (JUNE 19, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 513 lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group is conducting joint force operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Edward Guttierrez III/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 13, 2013) An aviation boatswain's mate (handling) directs the pilot of an AV-8B Harrier II at takeoff during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is conducting predeployment training during amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz. Dawn Blitz is a scenario-driven exercise led by U.S. 3rd Fleet and I Marine Expeditionary Force that will test participants in the planning and execution of amphibious operations through a series of live training events. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Coover/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 13, 2013) An aviation boatswain's mate (handling) directs the pilot of an AV-8B Harrier II at takeoff during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is conducting predeployment training during amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz. Dawn Blitz is a scenario-driven exercise led by U.S. 3rd Fleet and I Marine Expeditionary Force that will test participants in the planning and execution of amphibious operations through a series of live training events. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Coover/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 13, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Ronald Garcia signals to the pilot of an AV-8B Harrier II assigned to the air combat element of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) before take-off on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is conducting predeployment training during the amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz. Dawn Blitz is a scenario-driven exercise led by U.S. 3rd Fleet and 1st Marine Expeditionary Force that will test participants in the planning and execution of amphibious operations through a series of live training events. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Jeffries/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 13, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Ronald Garcia signals to the pilot of an AV-8B Harrier II assigned to the air combat element of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) before take-off on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is conducting predeployment training during the amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz. Dawn Blitz is a scenario-driven exercise led by U.S. 3rd Fleet and 1st Marine Expeditionary Force that will test participants in the planning and execution of amphibious operations through a series of live training events. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Jeffries/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 13, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier II assigned to the air combat element of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) takes off ofrom the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is conducting predeployment training during amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz. Dawn Blitz is a scenario-driven exercise led by U.S. 3rd Fleet and the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Jeffries/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 13, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier II assigned to the air combat element of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) takes off ofrom the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is conducting predeployment training during amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz. Dawn Blitz is a scenario-driven exercise led by U.S. 3rd Fleet and the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brian Jeffries/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (June 12, 2013) An A/V-8B Harrier assigned to the air combat element of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is conducting predeployment training during the amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz. Dawn Blitz is a scenario-driven exercise led by U.S. 3rd Fleet and 1st Marine Expeditionary Force that will test participants in the planning and execution of amphibious operations through a series of live training events. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joe Bishop/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (June 12, 2013) An A/V-8B Harrier assigned to the air combat element of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is conducting predeployment training during the amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz. Dawn Blitz is a scenario-driven exercise led by U.S. 3rd Fleet and 1st Marine Expeditionary Force that will test participants in the planning and execution of amphibious operations through a series of live training events. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joe Bishop/Released)

GULF OF ADEN (May 29, 2013) Marines from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Rein) chain an AV-8B Harrier to the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Abraham Essenmacher/Released)
GULF OF ADEN (May 29, 2013) Marines from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Rein) chain an AV-8B Harrier to the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Abraham Essenmacher/Released)

BAB EL-MANDIB STRAIT (May 11, 2013) Sgt. Johnathan Davis, Cpl. Daniel Kubow and Lance Cpl. Dusty Hickman, from Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266, Reinforced, perform routine maintenance on an AV-8B Harrier in the hangar bay aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karen Blankenship/Released)
BAB EL-MANDIB STRAIT (May 11, 2013) Sgt. Johnathan Davis, Cpl. Daniel Kubow and Lance Cpl. Dusty Hickman, from Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266, Reinforced, perform routine maintenance on an AV-8B Harrier in the hangar bay aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karen Blankenship/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (May 1, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Rein) takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU ), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Abraham Essenmacher/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (May 1, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Rein) takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU ), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Abraham Essenmacher/Released)

GULF OF OMAN (May 1, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Rein) takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Travis M. DiPerna/Released)
GULF OF OMAN (May 1, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Rein) takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Travis M. DiPerna/Released)

RED SEA (April 7, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Rein) takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Vargas/Released)
RED SEA (April 7, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Rein) takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is the flagship for the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jonathan Vargas/Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (March 29, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Christiana Marszalek signals as an AV-8B Harrier takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is deployed as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group with embarked Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which is on a deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Corbin Shea/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (March 29, 2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Christiana Marszalek signals as an AV-8B Harrier takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is deployed as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group with embarked Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which is on a deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Corbin Shea/Released)

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (March 29, 2013) AV-8B Harrier pilot Maj. Robert Emerson, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266, Reinforced, receives status board information before taking off from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is deployed as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group with embarked Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), which is on a deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Thomas Henderson/Released)
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (March 29, 2013) AV-8B Harrier pilot Maj. Robert Emerson, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266, Reinforced, receives status board information before taking off from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is deployed as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group with embarked Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), which is on a deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Thomas Henderson/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (March 28, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 performs a vertical takeoff from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is underway conducting training off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason T. Poplin/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (March 28, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 performs a vertical takeoff from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is underway conducting training off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason T. Poplin/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (March 28, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 performs a vertical take off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is underway conducting training off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Oscar N. Espinoza/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (March 28, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 performs a vertical take off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is underway conducting training off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Oscar N. Espinoza/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (March 25, 2013) A pilot assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 communicates with flight deck personnel aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD4) prior to take off. Boxer is underway conducting training off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason T. Poplin/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (March 25, 2013) A pilot assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 communicates with flight deck personnel aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD4) prior to take off. Boxer is underway conducting training off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason T. Poplin/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (March 25, 2013) A landing signal enlisted clears an AV-8B Harrier from Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 to take off during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is underway conducting training off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Oscar Espinoza/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (March 25, 2013) A landing signal enlisted clears an AV-8B Harrier from Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 to take off during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is underway conducting training off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Oscar Espinoza/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (March 25, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 conducts flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is underway conducting training off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Robert R. Sanchez/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (March 25, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 conducts flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is underway conducting training off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Robert R. Sanchez/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (March 25, 2013) A landing signal enlisted guides AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is underway conducting training off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Robert R. Sanchez/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (March 25, 2013) A landing signal enlisted guides AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). Boxer is underway conducting training off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Robert R. Sanchez/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 18, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Rein.), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) are deploying to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleets area of responsibility. The 26th MEU operates continuously across the globe, providing the president and unified combatant commanders with a forward-deployed, sea-based quick reaction force. The MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher Q. Stone/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 18, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Rein.), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU), takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) are deploying to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleets area of responsibility. The 26th MEU operates continuously across the globe, providing the president and unified combatant commanders with a forward-deployed, sea-based quick reaction force. The MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Christopher Q. Stone/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 13, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Rein) lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is deploying as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group with embarked Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Abraham Essenmacher/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 13, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Rein) lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is deploying as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group with embarked Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Abraham Essenmacher/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 13, 2013) Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Antonio Wright directs an AV-8B Harrier from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced) aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is deploying as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group with embarked Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Abraham Essenmacher/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 13, 2013) Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Antonio Wright directs an AV-8B Harrier from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Reinforced) aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is deploying as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group with embarked Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Abraham Essenmacher/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 13, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Rein) lands the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is deploying as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group with embarked Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Abraham Essenmacher/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 13, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Rein) lands the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is deploying as part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group with embarked Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Abraham Essenmacher/Released)

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, NC (Mar. 13, 2013) - An AV-8B Harrier pilot with Marine Attack Squadron 231 sits in his aircraft and checks his equipment before departing Cherry Point March 11. Approximately 80 Marines and Sailors with VMA-231 departed Cherry Point to support operations with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by: Lance Cpl. Glen E. Santy/Released)
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, NC (Mar. 13, 2013) - An AV-8B Harrier pilot with Marine Attack Squadron 231 sits in his aircraft and checks his equipment before departing Cherry Point March 11. Approximately 80 Marines and Sailors with VMA-231 departed Cherry Point to support operations with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by: Lance Cpl. Glen E. Santy/Released)

5th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Feb. 9, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 (Rein.), connects to the fuel line of a KC-130 Hercules refueling aircraft during an aerial refueling mission, Feb. 9. The 15th MEU is deployed as part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by: Gunnery Sgt. Jennifer Antoine/Released)
5th FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (Feb. 9, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 (Rein.), connects to the fuel line of a KC-130 Hercules refueling aircraft during an aerial refueling mission, Feb. 9. The 15th MEU is deployed as part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group as a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force, providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by: Gunnery Sgt. Jennifer Antoine/Released)

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 15, 2012) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 launches from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during the Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX). PHIBLEX is an annual bilateral exercise designed to improve interoperability, increase readiness and develop professional and personal relationships between the U.S. and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The U.S. Navy is constantly deployed to preserve peace, protect commerce, and deter aggression through forward presence. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lacordrick Wilson/Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 15, 2012) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 launches from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during the Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX). PHIBLEX is an annual bilateral exercise designed to improve interoperability, increase readiness and develop professional and personal relationships between the U.S. and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The U.S. Navy is constantly deployed to preserve peace, protect commerce, and deter aggression through forward presence. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lacordrick Wilson/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 17, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Rein.) takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is participating in Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the East Coast of the U.S. in preparation for a deployment this spring (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Tommy Lamkin/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 17, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Rein.) takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is participating in Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the East Coast of the U.S. in preparation for a deployment this spring (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Tommy Lamkin/Released)

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Feb. 9, 2013) Sailors and Marines reattach the wings of an AV-8 Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 in the hangar bay of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group is deployed in the U. S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility and will take part in amphibious integration training (AIT), certification exercise (CERTEX), and participate in the annual multi-national combined joint training exercise Cobra Gold. (U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amanda S. Kitchner/Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Feb. 9, 2013) Sailors and Marines reattach the wings of an AV-8 Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 in the hangar bay of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group is deployed in the U. S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility and will take part in amphibious integration training (AIT), certification exercise (CERTEX), and participate in the annual multi-national combined joint training exercise Cobra Gold. (U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amanda S. Kitchner/Released)

Yuma, AZ - (Feb. 5, 2013) In preparation for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Marine Attack Squadron 311 participated in a month-long Integrated Training Exercise held at Camp Wilson aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 5 through Feb. 8. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Uriel Avendano/Released)
Yuma, AZ - (Feb. 5, 2013) In preparation for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Marine Attack Squadron 311 participated in a month-long Integrated Training Exercise held at Camp Wilson aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 5 through Feb. 8. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Uriel Avendano/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 4, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Rein.) approaches the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is participating in Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the East Coast of the U.S. in preparation for an upcoming deployment this spring. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tamara Vaughn/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 4, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Rein.) approaches the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is participating in Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the East Coast of the U.S. in preparation for an upcoming deployment this spring. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tamara Vaughn/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 4, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Rein.) takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is participating in Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the East Coast of the U.S. in preparation for an upcoming deployment this spring. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tamara Vaughn/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 4, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 (Rein.) takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is participating in Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) off the East Coast of the U.S. in preparation for an upcoming deployment this spring. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tamara Vaughn/Released)

EAST CHINA SEA (Feb. 2,2013) An AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft, assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 513, takes off from the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, currently on deployment in the U. S. 7th Fleet area of operations, will take part in amphibious integration training, certification exercise, and participate in the annual multinational combined joint training exercise Cobra Gold. (U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Achterling/Released)
EAST CHINA SEA (Feb. 2,2013) An AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft, assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 513, takes off from the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, currently on deployment in the U. S. 7th Fleet area of operations, will take part in amphibious integration training, certification exercise, and participate in the annual multinational combined joint training exercise Cobra Gold. (U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Achterling/Released)

EAST CHINA SEA (Feb. 2,2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (handling) Airman Benjamin Ekwedike, assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), moves a AV-8B Harrier jet onto an aircraft elevator in the hanger bay. The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, currently on deployment in the U. S. 7th Fleet area of operations, will take part in amphibious integration training, certification exercise, and participate in the annual multinational combined joint training exercise Cobra Gold. (U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Achterling/Released)
EAST CHINA SEA (Feb. 2,2013) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (handling) Airman Benjamin Ekwedike, assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), moves a AV-8B Harrier jet onto an aircraft elevator in the hanger bay. The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, currently on deployment in the U. S. 7th Fleet area of operations, will take part in amphibious integration training, certification exercise, and participate in the annual multinational combined joint training exercise Cobra Gold. (U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Achterling/Released)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 28, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 231 approaches the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is participating in Composite Training Unit Exercise off the East Coast of the United States in preparation for an upcoming deployment this spring.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tamara Vaughn/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 28, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier from Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 231 approaches the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is participating in Composite Training Unit Exercise off the East Coast of the United States in preparation for an upcoming deployment this spring.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tamara Vaughn/Released)

EAST CHINA SEA (Jan. 26, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier lands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, on deployment in the U. S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility, will take part in amphibious integration training (AIT), certification exercise (CERTEX), and participate in the annual multi-national combined joint training exercise Cobra Gold. (U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Achterling/Released)
EAST CHINA SEA (Jan. 26, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier lands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, on deployment in the U. S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility, will take part in amphibious integration training (AIT), certification exercise (CERTEX), and participate in the annual multi-national combined joint training exercise Cobra Gold. (U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Achterling/Released)

EAST CHINA SEA (Jan. 26, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier prepares to land aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, deployment in the U. S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility, will take part in amphibious integration training (AIT), certification exercise (CERTEX), and participate in the annual multi-national combined joint training exercise Cobra Gold. (U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Achterling/Released)
EAST CHINA SEA (Jan. 26, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier prepares to land aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, deployment in the U. S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility, will take part in amphibious integration training (AIT), certification exercise (CERTEX), and participate in the annual multi-national combined joint training exercise Cobra Gold. (U. S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Achterling/Released)

IE SHIMA, Okinawa, Japan(Jan. 24, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier prepares to land on the field carrier landing strip at Ie Shima training facility during bulk refueling training Jan. 16. Marine Wing Support Squadron 172 prepared the landing strip to allow aircraft with Marine Attack Squadron 513 to conduct field carrier landing practice while MWSS-172 refueled the harriers. VMA-513 currently has aircraft attached to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262, which is the aviation combat element of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. MWSS-172 is a part of Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (Photo By: Lance Cpl. Terence G. Brady, released)
IE SHIMA, Okinawa, Japan(Jan. 24, 2013) An AV-8B Harrier prepares to land on the field carrier landing strip at Ie Shima training facility during bulk refueling training Jan. 16. Marine Wing Support Squadron 172 prepared the landing strip to allow aircraft with Marine Attack Squadron 513 to conduct field carrier landing practice while MWSS-172 refueled the harriers. VMA-513 currently has aircraft attached to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262, which is the aviation combat element of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. MWSS-172 is a part of Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (Photo By: Lance Cpl. Terence G. Brady, released)

IE SHIMA, Okinawa, Japan (Jan. 24, 2013)Bulk fuel specialists refuel an AV-8B Harrier during bulk refueling training Jan. 16 at Ie Shima training facility. The squadron is preparing for various operations and exercises in support of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The bulk fuel specialists are with Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. The aircraft is with Marine Attack Squadron 513 which is currently attached to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262, 1st MAW, III MEF. (Photo By: Lance Cpl. Terence G. Brady)
IE SHIMA, Okinawa, Japan (Jan. 24, 2013)Bulk fuel specialists refuel an AV-8B Harrier during bulk refueling training Jan. 16 at Ie Shima training facility. The squadron is preparing for various operations and exercises in support of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The bulk fuel specialists are with Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force. The aircraft is with Marine Attack Squadron 513 which is currently attached to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262, 1st MAW, III MEF. (Photo By: Lance Cpl. Terence G. Brady)

USS Kearsarge, At Sea - An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 Reinforced, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepares to take off of the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) while at sea Jan. 22, 2013. The MEU and Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 4 are conducting PHIBRON-MEU Integration in preparation for their Composite Training Unit Exercise, the final phase of a six-month pre-deployment training program. The 26th MEU operates continuously across the globe, providing the president and unified combatant commanders with a forward-deployed, sea-based quick reaction force. The MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels/Released)
USS Kearsarge, At Sea - An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 Reinforced, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepares to take off of the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) while at sea Jan. 22, 2013. The MEU and Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 4 are conducting PHIBRON-MEU Integration in preparation for their Composite Training Unit Exercise, the final phase of a six-month pre-deployment training program. The 26th MEU operates continuously across the globe, providing the president and unified combatant commanders with a forward-deployed, sea-based quick reaction force. The MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels/Released)

USS Kearsarge, At Sea - An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 Reinforced, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepares to take off of the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) while at sea Jan. 22, 2013. The MEU and Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 4 are conducting PHIBRON-MEU Integration in preparation for their Composite Training Unit Exercise, the final phase of a six-month pre-deployment training program. The 26th MEU operates continuously across the globe, providing the president and unified combatant commanders with a forward-deployed, sea-based quick reaction force. The MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels/Released)
USS Kearsarge, At Sea - An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 Reinforced, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepares to take off of the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) while at sea Jan. 22, 2013. The MEU and Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 4 are conducting PHIBRON-MEU Integration in preparation for their Composite Training Unit Exercise, the final phase of a six-month pre-deployment training program. The 26th MEU operates continuously across the globe, providing the president and unified combatant commanders with a forward-deployed, sea-based quick reaction force. The MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force capable of conducting amphibious operations, crisis response and limited contingency operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Kyle N. Runnels/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 14, 2012) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 prepares to launch from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Oscar Espinoza/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 14, 2012) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 prepares to launch from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Oscar Espinoza/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 13, 2012) A Sailor directs an AV-8B Harrier from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Michael Schwartz/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 13, 2012) A Sailor directs an AV-8B Harrier from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Michael Schwartz/Released)

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 15, 2012) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 launches from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during the Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX). PHIBLEX is an annual bilateral exercise designed to improve interoperability, increase readiness and develop professional and personal relationships between the U.S. and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The U.S. Navy is constantly deployed to preserve peace, protect commerce, and deter aggression through forward presence. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lacordrick Wilson/Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 15, 2012) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 launches from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during the Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX). PHIBLEX is an annual bilateral exercise designed to improve interoperability, increase readiness and develop professional and personal relationships between the U.S. and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The U.S. Navy is constantly deployed to preserve peace, protect commerce, and deter aggression through forward presence. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lacordrick Wilson/Released)

SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 10, 2012) Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Christopher Carpenter stands by as an AV-8B Harrier, assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542, lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during the Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX). PHIBLEX is an annual bilateral exercise held in conjunction with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and is designed to improve interoperability, increase readiness and develop professional and personal relationships between U.S. and Philippine forces. The U.S. Navy is constantly deployed to preserve peace, protect commerce, and deter aggression through forward presence. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lacordrick Wilson/Released)
SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 10, 2012) Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Christopher Carpenter stands by as an AV-8B Harrier, assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542, lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during the Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX). PHIBLEX is an annual bilateral exercise held in conjunction with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and is designed to improve interoperability, increase readiness and develop professional and personal relationships between U.S. and Philippine forces. The U.S. Navy is constantly deployed to preserve peace, protect commerce, and deter aggression through forward presence. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lacordrick Wilson/Released)

SUBIC BAY, Republic of Philippines (Oct. 7, 2012) Sgt. Lauren Colantropo, left, and Cpl. Andrew Allen re-install a forward-looking infrared radar sensor on an AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is in Subic Bay for Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX), an annual bilateral exercise with the Armed Forces of the Philippines designed to improve interoperability, increase readiness and develop professional and personal relationships. The U.S. Navy is reliable, flexible, and ready to respond worldwide on, above, and below the sea. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)
SUBIC BAY, Republic of Philippines (Oct. 7, 2012) Sgt. Lauren Colantropo, left, and Cpl. Andrew Allen re-install a forward-looking infrared radar sensor on an AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard is in Subic Bay for Amphibious Landing Exercise (PHIBLEX), an annual bilateral exercise with the Armed Forces of the Philippines designed to improve interoperability, increase readiness and develop professional and personal relationships. The U.S. Navy is reliable, flexible, and ready to respond worldwide on, above, and below the sea. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)

AV-8B Harriers with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261 (Reinforced), 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fly in formation after conducting aerial refueling training operations, Sept 23. The training consisted of MV-22B Ospreys and AV-8B Harriers conducting aerial refueling with the 24th MEU's KC-130J Hercules aircraft to practice the skills needed for long-range flight operations. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force for U.S. Central Command in the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Chad R. Kiehl/Released)
AV-8B Harriers with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261 (Reinforced), 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fly in formation after conducting aerial refueling training operations, Sept 23. The training consisted of MV-22B Ospreys and AV-8B Harriers conducting aerial refueling with the 24th MEU's KC-130J Hercules aircraft to practice the skills needed for long-range flight operations. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force for U.S. Central Command in the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Chad R. Kiehl/Released)

An AV-8B Harrier with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261 (Reinforced), 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, flies in position while conducting aerial refueling training operations, Sept 23. The training consisted of MV-22B Ospreys and AV-8B Harriers conducting aerial refueling with the 24th MEU's KC-130J Hercules aircraft to practice the skills needed for long-range flight operations. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force for U.S. Central Command in the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Chad R. Kiehl/Released)
An AV-8B Harrier with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261 (Reinforced), 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, flies in position while conducting aerial refueling training operations, Sept 23. The training consisted of MV-22B Ospreys and AV-8B Harriers conducting aerial refueling with the 24th MEU's KC-130J Hercules aircraft to practice the skills needed for long-range flight operations. The 24th MEU is deployed with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group as a theater reserve and crisis response force for U.S. Central Command in the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Chad R. Kiehl/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 20, 2012) Aviation boatswain's mates move chocks and chains across the flight deck as Marine pilot Maj. Howard Longwell, from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepares for take-off in an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 during flight operations aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, along with the 31st MEU, is participating in a certification exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 20, 2012) Aviation boatswain's mates move chocks and chains across the flight deck as Marine pilot Maj. Howard Longwell, from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepares for take-off in an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 during flight operations aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, along with the 31st MEU, is participating in a certification exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 20, 2012) An aviation boatswain's mate gives hand signals to flight deck personnel as Marine pilot Maj. Howard Longwell, from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepares for take-off in an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 during flight operations aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, along with the 31st MEU, is participating in a certification exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 20, 2012) An aviation boatswain's mate gives hand signals to flight deck personnel as Marine pilot Maj. Howard Longwell, from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, prepares for take-off in an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 during flight operations aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, along with the 31st MEU, is participating in a certification exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 20, 2012) Aviation boatswain's mates refuel an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 on the flight deck aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during flight operations. The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, along with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is participating in a certification exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 20, 2012) Aviation boatswain's mates refuel an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 on the flight deck aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) during flight operations. The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, along with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is participating in a certification exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 20, 2012) Marine pilot Maj. Howard Longwell from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), top, makes final preparations for to takeoff in an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft, assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542, aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 20, 2012) Marine pilot Maj. Howard Longwell from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), top, makes final preparations for to takeoff in an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft, assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542, aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)

CAMP BASTION, AFGHANISTAN (Sept. 19, 2012) A Marine plays taps during a memorial ceremony, Sept. 19. During the ceremony, Marines paid tribute to Lt. Col. Christopher Raible, commanding officer of Marine Attack Squadron 211, from Huntingdon, Pa. Raible was killed in action while repelling an enemy attack on Camp Bastion Sept. 14, 2012. (U.S. Marine Corps photo bySgt. Keonaona Paulo)
CAMP BASTION, AFGHANISTAN (Sept. 19, 2012) A Marine plays taps during a memorial ceremony, Sept. 19. During the ceremony, Marines paid tribute to Lt. Col. Christopher Raible, commanding officer of Marine Attack Squadron 211, from Huntingdon, Pa. Raible was killed in action while repelling an enemy attack on Camp Bastion Sept. 14, 2012. (U.S. Marine Corps photo bySgt. Keonaona Paulo)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 19, 2012) Marine pilot Maj. Howard Longwell, assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542, approaches the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in an an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft. The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (BHR ARG) and the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) are participating in a certification exercise (CERTEX). CERTEX is an evaluated event that focuses on the BHR ARG and 31st MEU's capabilities in missions such as humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and non-combatant evacuation operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 19, 2012) Marine pilot Maj. Howard Longwell, assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542, approaches the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) in an an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft. The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (BHR ARG) and the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) are participating in a certification exercise (CERTEX). CERTEX is an evaluated event that focuses on the BHR ARG and 31st MEU's capabilities in missions such as humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and non-combatant evacuation operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 19, 2012) An Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) directs an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft, assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542, across the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (BHR ARG) and the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) are participating in a certification exercise (CERTEX). CERTEX is an evaluated event that focuses on the BHR ARG and 31st MEU's capabilities in missions such as humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and non-combatant evacuation operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 19, 2012) An Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) directs an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft, assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542, across the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (BHR ARG) and the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) are participating in a certification exercise (CERTEX). CERTEX is an evaluated event that focuses on the BHR ARG and 31st MEU's capabilities in missions such as humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and non-combatant evacuation operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)

CAMP BASTION, AFGHANISTAN (Sept. 18, 2012) An AV-8B Harrier II Plus with Marine Attack Squadron 211, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), awaits its next mission on the tarmac at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2012. The aircraft provides air support to the ground units throughout Helmand and Nimroz provinces. Despite a roller coaster week for the squadron, VMA-211 remains fully operational and continues to provide support to ground troops throughout Regional Command Southwest's area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo)
CAMP BASTION, AFGHANISTAN (Sept. 18, 2012) An AV-8B Harrier II Plus with Marine Attack Squadron 211, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), awaits its next mission on the tarmac at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2012. The aircraft provides air support to the ground units throughout Helmand and Nimroz provinces. Despite a roller coaster week for the squadron, VMA-211 remains fully operational and continues to provide support to ground troops throughout Regional Command Southwest's area of operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo)

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 17, 2012) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Matthew Arnold acts as bow safety as an AV-8B Harrier assigned to the Ace of Spades of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 231 launches from the flight deck of the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Andrew B. Church/Released)
ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 17, 2012) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 1st Class Matthew Arnold acts as bow safety as an AV-8B Harrier assigned to the Ace of Spades of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 231 launches from the flight deck of the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Andrew B. Church/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 15, 2012) Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Lyndon Peabody gives the clear for launch signal as an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 takes off from the flight deck during flight operations aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, along with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), is participating in a certification exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 15, 2012) Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Lyndon Peabody gives the clear for launch signal as an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 takes off from the flight deck during flight operations aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, along with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), is participating in a certification exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 15, 2012) An aviation boatswain's mate directs an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 during flight operations aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, along with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), is participating in a certification exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 15, 2012) An aviation boatswain's mate directs an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 during flight operations aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group, along with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), is participating in a certification exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 12, 2012) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Apprentice Dania Gallardo holds up a tote board to communicate with the pilot of an AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542, during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) are participating in a certification exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lacordrick Wilson/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 12, 2012) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Apprentice Dania Gallardo holds up a tote board to communicate with the pilot of an AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542, during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU) are participating in a certification exercise. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Lacordrick Wilson/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 10, 2012) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Jared Wood, left, crouches down as Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Darrell Usry directs the launch of an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), along with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), is participating in a certification exercise. The evaluated event determines if the 31st MEU is capable of doing certain missions such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations or non-combatant evacuation operations with the ARG. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 10, 2012) Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Jared Wood, left, crouches down as Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Darrell Usry directs the launch of an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), along with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (31st MEU), is participating in a certification exercise. The evaluated event determines if the 31st MEU is capable of doing certain missions such as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations or non-combatant evacuation operations with the ARG. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 30, 2012) An AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 sits on the flight deck aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as the amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) passes by off the coast of White Beach Naval Facility. Bonhomme Richard is the lead ship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 30, 2012) An AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 sits on the flight deck aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) as the amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) passes by off the coast of White Beach Naval Facility. Bonhomme Richard is the lead ship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)

PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 30, 2012) AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 sit on the flight deck aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) at sunset off the coast of White Beach Naval Facility. Bonhomme Richard is the lead ship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)
PACIFIC OCEAN (Aug. 30, 2012) AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 sit on the flight deck aboard the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) at sunset off the coast of White Beach Naval Facility. Bonhomme Richard is the lead ship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)

PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 29, 2012) Flight deck personnel watch as an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 approaches the flight deck during night flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard, commanded by is the lead ship of the only forward-deployed amphibious assault group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)
PHILIPPINE SEA (Aug. 29, 2012) Flight deck personnel watch as an AV-8B Harrier jet aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 approaches the flight deck during night flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Bonhomme Richard, commanded by is the lead ship of the only forward-deployed amphibious assault group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael Russell/Released)

SAN DIEGO (Aug. 22, 2012) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 513 prepares to take off aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Makin Island is conducting routine operations off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kory Alsberry/Released)
SAN DIEGO (Aug. 22, 2012) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 513 prepares to take off aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Makin Island is conducting routine operations off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kory Alsberry/Released)

SAN DIEGO(Aug 22, 2012) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron 513 prepares to take off from the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). USS Makin Island is conducting routine operations off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kory Alsberry/Released)
SAN DIEGO(Aug 22, 2012) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron 513 prepares to take off from the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). USS Makin Island is conducting routine operations off the coast of Southern California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kory Alsberry/Released)

120518-N-FJ200-209 JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (May 18, 2011) Capt. Adam Hamblin, assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 231 fills in the aircraft log book while crew members discuss the performance of the AV-8B Harrier during the Joint Service Open House (JSOH) 2012. This year's JSOH celebrates the Centennial of Marine Corps Aviation. The event affords the public an opportunity to meet the men and women of the Armed Forces while viewing over 100 static displays and 19 aerial demonstration teams. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Clifford L. H. Davis/Released)
120518-N-FJ200-209 JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (May 18, 2011) Capt. Adam Hamblin, assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 231 fills in the aircraft log book while crew members discuss the performance of the AV-8B Harrier during the Joint Service Open House (JSOH) 2012. This year's JSOH celebrates the Centennial of Marine Corps Aviation. The event affords the public an opportunity to meet the men and women of the Armed Forces while viewing over 100 static displays and 19 aerial demonstration teams. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Clifford L. H. Davis/Released)

120507-N-QM601-175 JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (May 7, 2012) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Joshua Seligmann uses an aircraft spotting dolly to maneuver an AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron (VMM) 261 (reinforced), in front of the American flag, for an upcoming ceremony in the hangar bay of the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). Iwo Jima, the flagship of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts un the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Scott Youngblood/Released)
120507-N-QM601-175 JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (May 7, 2012) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Joshua Seligmann uses an aircraft spotting dolly to maneuver an AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron (VMM) 261 (reinforced), in front of the American flag, for an upcoming ceremony in the hangar bay of the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). Iwo Jima, the flagship of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group with the embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts un the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Scott Youngblood/Released)

120507-N-JO908-070 ARABIAN SEA (May 7, 2012) An AV-8B Harrier, assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268 Reinforced, prepares to land aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Makin Island and embarked Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit are deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U. S. 5th Fleet are of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kory Alsberry/Released)
120507-N-JO908-070 ARABIAN SEA (May 7, 2012) An AV-8B Harrier, assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 268 Reinforced, prepares to land aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Makin Island and embarked Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit are deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U. S. 5th Fleet are of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kory Alsberry/Released)

120330-N-DX615-034 ARABIAN SEA (March 30, 2012) Marine Maintenance personnel guide the engine of an AV-8B Harrier after removing it from the aircraft in the hangar bay of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Makin Island and embarked Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit are deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alan Gragg/Released)
120330-N-DX615-034 ARABIAN SEA (March 30, 2012) Marine Maintenance personnel guide the engine of an AV-8B Harrier after removing it from the aircraft in the hangar bay of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Makin Island and embarked Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit are deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alan Gragg/Released)

120325-N-DX615-161 ARABIAN GULF (March 25, 2012) An AV-8B Harrier takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) as the ship prepares to recover a landing craft air cushion. Makin Island and embarked Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) are deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alan Gragg/Released)
120325-N-DX615-161 ARABIAN GULF (March 25, 2012) An AV-8B Harrier takes off from the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) as the ship prepares to recover a landing craft air cushion. Makin Island and embarked Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU) are deployed supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alan Gragg/Released)

120203-N-UM734-145 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 3, 2012) Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Antonio Wright, from Charlotte, N.C., directs an AV-8B Harrier on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during Bold Alligator 2012. Bold Alligator is the largest amphibious exercise in the past 10 years and represents the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. The exercise focuses on today's fight with today's forces, while showcasing the advantages of seabasing. The exercise will take place Jan. 30 through Feb. 12, 2012 afloat and ashore in and around Virginia and North Carolina. #BA12 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tommy Lamkin/Released)
120203-N-UM734-145 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 3, 2012) Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Antonio Wright, from Charlotte, N.C., directs an AV-8B Harrier on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during Bold Alligator 2012. Bold Alligator is the largest amphibious exercise in the past 10 years and represents the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. The exercise focuses on today's fight with today's forces, while showcasing the advantages of seabasing. The exercise will take place Jan. 30 through Feb. 12, 2012 afloat and ashore in and around Virginia and North Carolina. #BA12 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tommy Lamkin/Released)

120202-N-UM734-431 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 2, 2012) A pair of AV-8B Harriers from Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 fly in formation during their approach to the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during Bold Alligator 2012. Bold Alligator, the largest naval amphibious exercise in the past 10 years, represents the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. The exercise focuses on today's fight with today's forces, while showcasing the advantages of seabasing. This exercise will take place Jan. 30 through Feb. 12, 2012 afloat and ashore in and around Virginia and North Carolina. #BA12 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tommy Lamkin/Released)
120202-N-UM734-431 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 2, 2012) A pair of AV-8B Harriers from Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 fly in formation during their approach to the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during Bold Alligator 2012. Bold Alligator, the largest naval amphibious exercise in the past 10 years, represents the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. The exercise focuses on today's fight with today's forces, while showcasing the advantages of seabasing. This exercise will take place Jan. 30 through Feb. 12, 2012 afloat and ashore in and around Virginia and North Carolina. #BA12 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tommy Lamkin/Released)

120202-N-SB587-365 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb 2, 2012) AV-8B Harriers sit on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD3) during Bold Alligator 2012. Bold Alligator is the largest amphibious exercise in the past 10 years and represents the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. The exercise focuses on today's fight with today's forces, while showcasing the advantages of seabasing. The exercise will take place Jan. 30 through Feb. 12, 2012 afloat and ashore in and around Virginia and North Carolina. #BA12 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Corbin J. Shea/Released)
120202-N-SB587-365 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb 2, 2012) AV-8B Harriers sit on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD3) during Bold Alligator 2012. Bold Alligator is the largest amphibious exercise in the past 10 years and represents the Navy and Marine Corps' revitalization of the full range of amphibious operations. The exercise focuses on today's fight with today's forces, while showcasing the advantages of seabasing. The exercise will take place Jan. 30 through Feb. 12, 2012 afloat and ashore in and around Virginia and North Carolina. #BA12 (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Corbin J. Shea/Released)

120130-N-OR551-039 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 30, 2012) Cpl. Shaun Deibert, from of Hays, Kan., assigned to the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 261 cleans the cabin of an AV-8B Harrier on the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group is participating in Bold Alligator 2012 and final certification exercises in preparation for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Morgan E. Dial/Released)
120130-N-OR551-039 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 30, 2012) Cpl. Shaun Deibert, from of Hays, Kan., assigned to the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 261 cleans the cabin of an AV-8B Harrier on the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group is participating in Bold Alligator 2012 and final certification exercises in preparation for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Morgan E. Dial/Released)

111107-N-ZC343-258 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 7, 2011) A Marine Corps Harrier AV-8B II conducts nighttime launch and recovery operations aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Joe Kane/Released)
111107-N-ZC343-258 PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 7, 2011) A Marine Corps Harrier AV-8B II conducts nighttime launch and recovery operations aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). (U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Joe Kane/Released)

120119-N-UM734-730 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 19, 2012) Two AV-8B Harriers from Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 conduct flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is conducting crew certifications in preparation for future amphibious operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tommy Lamkin/Released)
120119-N-UM734-730 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 19, 2012) Two AV-8B Harriers from Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 542 conduct flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is conducting crew certifications in preparation for future amphibious operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tommy Lamkin/Released)

111025-N-WJ771-341 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 25, 2011) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Mark Anthony R. Padrigo, assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), gives the signals as an AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 takes off from the flight deck. Essex is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is participating in an amphibious landing exercise with the Armed Forces of the Philippines. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Casey H. Kyhl/Released)
111025-N-WJ771-341 SOUTH CHINA SEA (Oct. 25, 2011) Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Mark Anthony R. Padrigo, assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2), gives the signals as an AV-8B Harrier assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 takes off from the flight deck. Essex is part of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group and is participating in an amphibious landing exercise with the Armed Forces of the Philippines. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Casey H. Kyhl/Released)

110921-N-ZZ999-002 CHINA LAKE, Calif. (Sept. 21, 2011) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 31 conducts the first test flight of a mix of 50-50 jet fuel and biofuel. The test was conducted over Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
110921-N-ZZ999-002 CHINA LAKE, Calif. (Sept. 21, 2011) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 31 conducts the first test flight of a mix of 50-50 jet fuel and biofuel. The test was conducted over Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

110921-N-ZZ999-001 CHINA LAKE, Calif. (Sept. 21, 2011) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 31 conducts the first test flight of a mix of 50-50 jet fuel and biofuel. The test was conducted over Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
110921-N-ZZ999-001 CHINA LAKE, Calif. (Sept. 21, 2011) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 31 conducts the first test flight of a mix of 50-50 jet fuel and biofuel. The test was conducted over Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

110925-M-CL319-063 HELMAND RIVER VALLEY, Afghanistan (Sept. 25, 2011) An AV-8B Harrier aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 513 refuels during a routine aerial refueling operation over Helmand River Valley, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. VMA-513 provides aerial support for ground units ensuring they are able to continue their mission throughout the Helmand Province. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Robert R. Carrasco/Released)
110925-M-CL319-063 HELMAND RIVER VALLEY, Afghanistan (Sept. 25, 2011) An AV-8B Harrier aircraft assigned to Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 513 refuels during a routine aerial refueling operation over Helmand River Valley, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. VMA-513 provides aerial support for ground units ensuring they are able to continue their mission throughout the Helmand Province. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Robert R. Carrasco/Released)

110217-N-KD852-356 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 17, 2011) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to the Black Sheep of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214, front, prepares for takeoff as another lands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Makin Island is conducting AV-8 operations in preparation for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist John Lill/Released)
110217-N-KD852-356 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 17, 2011) An AV-8B Harrier assigned to the Black Sheep of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214, front, prepares for takeoff as another lands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Makin Island is conducting AV-8 operations in preparation for an upcoming deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist John Lill/Released)

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