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FRIDAY FOTO (August 12, 2022)


(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sergeant Danny Gonzalez) Please click on photo to see larger image.

Marines with Battalion Landing Team 2/5, of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, throw and receive lines from sailors assigned to the amphibious warship USS New Orleans in the Philippine Sea, August 1, 2022.

These Marines, from Fox Company of the 2nd Battalion of the 5th Marine Regiment were conducting welldeck operations training at night. The well deck is a hangar-like deck located at the waterline at the rear (stern) of some amphibious warfare ships. By taking on water the ship can lower its stern, flooding the well deck and allowing boats, amphibious vehicles and landing craft to dock within the ship

The 31st MEU is operating aboard ships of the USS Tripoli Amphibious Ready Group in the 7th Fleet area of operations — the Indo-Pacific region.

The USS New Orleans is an amphibious transport dock ship (LPD 18).  An Amphibious Ready Group consists of a Navy element and several other parts, like the 31st MEU,  to provide the Geographic Combatant Commanders with forward-deployed sea-based expeditionary forces that can work across a range of military operations.

August 12, 2022 at 7:11 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (May 27, 2011) (Update)

On a Boat, In a Boat

U.S. Navy photo

U.S. service members returning from medical, dental and engineering civic action projects in Lae, Papa New Guinea prepare to disembark a Landing Craft Utility in the well deck of the USS Cleveland (LPD-7).

It’s all part of Pacific Partnership 2011 is a five-month humanitarian assistance initiative.

The Cleveland (LPD  stands for landing platform dock) is an amphibious transport ship that carries smaller amphibious vessels like this landing craft. The LCU can transport equipment, wheeled and tracked vehicles and troops to shore or support civilian humanitarian operations like Pacific Partnership 2011. The well deck is a kind of boat ramp that allows smaller craft to enter from and exit to the sea.

Commissioned in 1967, believe it or not, is said to be the third-oldest ship in the Navy after the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) and the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, which is slated to be decommissioned.

It began its mission with projects in Tonga and Vanuatu. After completing projects in Papua New Guinea, Pactific Partnership 2011 will continue with missions in Timor Leste and the Federated States of Micronesia.

To see a slide show of  Pacific Partnership 2011, click here.

To see a video of the Cleveland departing San Diego for this mission (with a good view of her well deck) click here.

Video update:

To get an idea of what it’s like exiting and entering a well deck aboard an LCU, click on this 10 minute-YouTube video of a 2007 mission in the Pacific. (Note: some crude language between 6:27 and 7:18 of the video).

May 27, 2011 at 12:14 am Leave a comment


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