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Members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11 walk away from an SH-60 F Seahawk assigned to Helicopter Submarine Squadron 4.

Photo by MC2 Joseph Buliavac


Midshipman 4th Class James Brigham conducts physical training along the Severn River during "Sea Trials" at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.

Photo by MC2 Tommy Gilligan

Sailors push an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 154 on to the flight deck aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Stennis and Carrier Air Wing 9 deployed to the western Pacific Ocean.

Photo by MC3 Walter M. Wayman

SW1 Kajuna Strickland clears out a room at the Balise School in Port Gentil, Gabon, during an Africa Partnership Station community outreach project.

Photo by MC3 Matthew Bookwalter


Sailors participate in the repair team water sports competition during a Damage Control Olympics hosted by the Trident Training Facility, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga.

Photo by MC1 Kimberly Clifford

A cold weather training instructor monitors Sea Air Land Qualification Training candidates while they spend five minutes in near-freezing water during a re-warming exercise. Candidates completed the exercise after spending 48 hours in the Alaskan mountains learning how to navigate the rugged terrain and survive the frigid conditions.

Photo by MC2 Erika N. Manzano


Members of a visit, board, search and seizure team assigned to USS Mahan (DDG 72) ride through a wave while conducting a training exercise with the British Royal Navy HMS Portland (F 79). Mahan is part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, a multinational task force conducting counter-piracy operations in and around the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and the Red Sea.

Photo by MC3 John K. Hamilton



AD1 Daniel Cowan, assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron 135, secures aircraft fuel cells to the overhead of Hangar Bay 1 aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68).

Photo by MC3 Patrick Heil


USS Curts (FFG 38) transits the Pacific Ocean during her deployment as part of the Abraham Lincoln Strike Group.

Photo MC2 James R. Evans


Marines from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464 roll the blades of a CH-53E Super Stallion aboard USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during the Caribbean phase of Continuing Promise 2008.

Photo by MC2 Gina Wollman


MA2 Joshua Johnson, from Shickshinny, Pa., assigned to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola Security Force, performs patrol aggression training at NAS Pensacola, Fla., with "Drumo," a Belgian Malinois. Johnson is pursuing a certification in homeland security through the Navy Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL) Web site.

Photo by Gary Nichols


Dustin Carter, a quadruple amputee wrestler, carries his coach, Scott Goodpaster, on his shoulders to demonstrate some of his unique training techniques during a wrestling clinic for wounded warriors at Naval Medical Center San Diego. The clinic, designed by Morale Welfare and Recreation, the Balboa Warrior Athlete Program and the Challenged Athletes Foundation, empowers recovering injured military members and gives them resources for their future to renew their quality of life.

Photo by MC2 Jennifer S. Kimball


An aviation ordnanceman moves ordnance across the flight deck of USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). Iwo Jima is deployed as the flagship of the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.

Photo by MCSN Chad R. Erdmann


MN3 Donald J. Crider, from Jacksonville, Fla., stands by for dewatering evolutions aboard USS Guardian (MCM 5) while in the Pacific Ocean as part of a tailored mine warfare unit-level training assessment certification. The assessments are designed to test the proficiency of the ship's various training teams in capabilities and readiness.

Photo by MC2 Joshua J. Wahl


ND3 Levi Hughes helps ND1 Greg Lamar exit the former Soviet submarine Juliett 484. The submarine was lifted from the bottom of the Providence River, Providence, R.I., in June by members of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2, U.S. Army Dive Company and a Naval Sea Systems Command support unit.

Photo by MC2 R.J. Stratchko

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Title Annotation:STRENGTH
Publication:All Hands
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2009
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