Jan 1, 1980

OFF THE COAST OF NORTH CAROLINA (March 11, 2008)-- Ensign Carrie Hovland, Chief Lee Smith and Petty Officer 2nd Class Derek Morris load simulation rounds into a RAM, or Rolling Airframe Missile, aboard USS San Antonio. Behind them, Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Aviation Combat Element, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron - 264, conduct external cargo lifts on the San Antonio flight deck. Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit are aboard the San Antonio to conduct exercises during the ships Operational Evaluation, which will measure the new ship's ability to support Marine expeditionary operations. (Official USMC photo by SSgt Bryce Piper) (Released)

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