USS Makin Island (LHD 8)

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  • Sailors and Marines man the rails as the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) departs Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following a scheduled port visit. The ship and it's amphibious ready group visited Hawaii during their return voyage to San Diego following a 7-month deployment to the U.S. 3rd, 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation.   U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin M. Langer (Released)  170505-N-LI768-152
  • A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter, assigned to the "Ridge Runners" of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced), takes off from the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). The ship and it's amphibious ready group are returning from a 7-month deployment to the U.S. 3rd, 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation.   U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin M. Langer (Released)  170506-N-LI768-305
  • A Mark 38 25 mm machine gun fires during a training event aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). The ship and it's amphibious ready group are returning home after a 7-month deployment to the U.S. 3rd, 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation.   U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin M. Langer (Released)  170509-N-LI768-308
  • Cpl. James Sachtjen, assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (11th MEU), fires an M249 machine gun during a small arms training event aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). The ship and it's amphibious ready group are returning from a 7-month deployment to the U.S. 3rd, 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation.   U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin M. Langer)
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  • Marines assigned to the "Ridge Runners" of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 163 (Reinforced) give a tour of an AV-8B Harrier aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) during a Tiger Cruise. Tiger Cruise allows more than 160 friends and family members to embark the ship to experience U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps life at sea.   U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin M. Langer (Released)  170508-N-LI768-120
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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Air Boss Presents Admiral Flatley Award to USS Makin Island

Commander, Naval Air Forces Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker presented the 2016 Admiral Flatley Memorial Award for aviation safety to the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) during a ceremony on the ship's flight deck, July 25.

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