USS Makin Island (LHD 8)

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  • A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter assigned to the "Ridge Runners" of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). The ship is the flagship of it's amphibious ready group, which is operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to enhance amphibious capability with regional partners and to serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin M. Langer (Released)  170329-N-OE873-076
  • Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical) 2nd Class Scott Valdez mans the propulsion plant console in the central control station aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). The ship is the flagship of it's amphibious ready group, which is operating in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to enhance amphibious capability with regional partners and to serve as a ready-response force for any type of contingency.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin M. Langer (Released)  170329-N-LI768-299
  • Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Katherine Candie-Anderson signals for an MV-22B Osprey, assigned to the Ridge Runners of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced), to take off from the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). The ship is deployed with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.   U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin M. Langer (Released)  161230-N-LI768-095
  • An AV-8B Harrier, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced), hovers above the flight deck during a vertical take off from the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8).  Makin Island, the flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, is deployed with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Devin M. Langer (Released)  161207-N-LI768-568
  • An MV-22B Osprey, assigned to the "Ridge Runners" of  Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced) lands on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) during exercise Alligator Dagger.  Alligator Dagger is an amphibious exercise with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit aimed at increasing proficiency and enabling the force to train for amphibious operations within the 5th Fleet area of operations.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Devin M. Langer (Released)  161209-N-LI768-294
  • A Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC), launched from the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), carries U.S. Marines and equipment to the shore during Exercise Alligator Dagger. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and 11th MEU are participating in Alligator Dagger to increase proficiency and enable the force to train for amphibious operations within the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Mathew J. Diendorf (Released)  161206-N-GB595-556
  • The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) underway in the western Pacific Ocean. Makin Island, the flagship of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, is deployed with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit in support of the Navy's maritime strategy in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Mathew J. Diendorf (Released)  161025-N-GB595-1200
  • An MH-60S Sea Hawk, assigned to the "Blackjacks" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 21, flies a search and rescue route as a precaution during flight ops aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) while participating in exercise Alligator Dagger. Alligator Dagger is an amphibious exercise with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit aimed at increasing proficiency and enabling the force to train for amphibious operations within the 5th Fleet area of operations.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Devin M. Langer (Released)  161209-N-LI768-230

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